My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Edventure More, San Leandro, CA, USA
I have been working for Camp EDMO for the past 8 summers in various roles from Camp Counselor, Art Instructor, Assistant Director, and the last three summers as the Director at our Los Altos location. Before working with EDMO, I did not realize my passion for education but from my experiences with EDMO, it led me to be a Special Education Teacher. My first year I had the opportunity to work with a few campers with disabilities that led me to realize my passion for special education. Without working at Camp EDMO, I probably would not be in the profession (or human) I am today.
My work with Camp EDMO has made me understand the importance of Social Emotional Learning with our youth and the lack of SEL focus in our Schools. My experiences with EDMO led me to earn my Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis of Trauma and Resilience, which focuses on the implementation of SEL across all curriculum areas. This is an area I probably would not have realized without the influence of Camp EDMO and the great job we do with implementing SEL skills in our curriculum.
Many people ask me “why” I come back every summer. The answer is simple, I really could not imagine a summer without Camp EDMO, it is a place where kids and staff get to be their truest self! I’ve seen staff find their passions, similar to how I found mine, where they have such a positive experience that they choose a career path related to education. Campers gain this “magic” where at the beginning of their time, they are shy or lack the collaboration skills to work other campers, but after a week or so they are great team players initiating different roles in their projects. I have seen so many campers grow up through the years and show growth in their social skills, collaboration and overall leadership. I think my favorite part of the EDMO world is that I have seen campers go from being campers all the way to being Leaders in Training with the hope of someday becoming a Counselor. Working work Camp EDMO has given me a sense of family, a group of people who believe in a common “good”, helping and supporting each other and creating this camp environment accessible to everyone!