Leadership and Learning Summer Camp

Location: Quiet Waters Park and Children’s Museum depending on weather conditions

Number of Students served: 45 students ages 6 to 17

Description: The Leadership and Learning Program (LLP) ensures social equity and provides learning opportunities for Hispanic and immigrant children in Anne Arundel County. Building well-rounded citizens, this program supports students aiming to attend higher education in the process of becoming committed learners. Founded in 1999, LLP offers classes year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The summer camp started in 2018. The Center of Help recruits students for the LLP by word of mouth in addition to receiving referrals from Anne Arundel County Public Schools teachers or facilitators. At the present moment the program has 45 students. The program currently serves students ages 6 to 17. The LLP is supported by a group of trained, screened, and fingerprinted teachers, mentors, and volunteers.

Summer activities include:

  • Math, coding, biology, chemistry, social studies, science classes, writing lab, and STEM activities
  • Book Club and Chess Club
  • Music and Visual Art Lessons and daily practice (Guitar, Piano, Violin, Flute, Cello, Trumpet)
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Field trip sponsor by CRAB Sail
  • Theater, Photography, Career Exploration and Strategic Board Games
  • Tennis lessons, hiking and biking
  • Community service projects
  • Practical scouting skills 

 

The program

  1. Utilizes STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) and environmental activities to provide diverse educational experiences (hands-on activities, creative projects, music lessons) that encourage learning and creativity and help students develop new skills and develop background knowledge and vocabulary
  2. Monitors student progress and provide individual assistance to each student to ensure they are meeting school requirements, particularly in Math, Social Studies, Science, and Reading
  3. Provides ongoing leadership and community outreach opportunities to supplement STEM and Environmental activities
  4. Develops a social support network among children and families to keep them away from potential negative influences
  5. Supports families with parental programming to ensure the health of the children (i.e., mindfulness, family meetings, family events, family soccer)

Evaluation: The students will have a pre-assessment and post-assessment for each grade level to monitor their progress. The Center of Help also conducts a qualitative evaluation. The Center will take daily attendance.

 

Staff for the Summer Camp 

  • Supervisor and Program Director, Tatiana J Klein – Board Vice President (In-kind)
  • Program Coordinator
  • 2 Elementary teachers
  • 2 Middle school teachers
  • 2 High school teachers
  • 3 Art Integration teachers
  • 3 Music and one theater teachers
  • 2 Assistants
  • Volunteers

Vision: The Leadership and Learning Program (LLP) maximizes high school and higher education graduation for immigrant students in Anne Arundel County by closing the opportunity gap. We support scholars and leaders to engage in improving their communities.

Mission: The Leadership and Learning program aims to motivate immigrant students ages 6 to 17 to take on academic and leadership challenges by supporting and preparing them for higher education.

María de la Paz Youth Outreach Center Summer Camp

Location: Center of Help

Number of Students served: 15 students, 6th to 11th grade

Description: Maria de la Paz Youth Outreach Center (MPYOC) is a year-round daily after-school program and safe space for students aged 12-17 in response to the threats youth experience after school hours. For the summer, students will have extended hours, starting at 10:30 AM and ending at 6:30 PM. Activities include math, reading, science, social studies, conflict resolution classes, mindfulness, mentorship, community service, art, team-building activities, and support in working towards personal goals. The Center of Help recruits students for the MPYOC by word of mouth in addition to receiving referrals from Anne Arundel County Public Schools teachers or facilitators. The program currently serves 6th through 11th grade students. The MPYOC is supported by a group of trained, screened, and fingerprinted teachers, mentors, and volunteers. MPYOC was founded in 2018.

Summer activities include:

  • Math, Science, Writing, Literature, and Social Studies classes
  • Art classes
  • Swimming lessons
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Conflict resolution classes
  • Field trips
  • Community Service Projects

The program

  1. Offers classes to strengthen academic skills
  2. Introduces and provides opportunities to enhance conflict resolution and social emotional skills
  3. Encourages students to take responsibility for their learning, grades, and behavior, seeking help when necessary
  4. Provides community service opportunities
  5. Develops perseverance and teamwork as students learn how to swim during the summer

Evaluation: The students will have a pre-assessment and post-assessment for each grade level to monitor their progress. We will also provide a qualitative evaluation. The Center will take daily attendance.

 

Staff for the Summer Camp

 

  • Program Director –  Victoria Marinzel
  • 2 Middle school teachers
  • 2 High school teachers
  • 1 Art and Art Integration teacher
  • 1 Swim coach
  • 2 Assistants
  • Volunteers

Vision: María de la Paz Youth Outreach Center provides a space for immigrant youth to have social, cultural, and educational opportunities to become self-sufficient and develop into leaders for their community.  

We strive to provide healthy social interactions with peers, adults, and family members, and develop educational and cultural skills to become self-sufficient.

Mission: María de la Paz Youth Outreach Center, a safe space for immigrant youth (middle and high school),  engages students in social, emotional, and academic activities. The students build community with their peers and develop conflict resolution skills, personal responsibility, and confidence in their abilities.