There is nothing for students to do in our valley. Our solution? Camp Hope. This will be a place where students can come to have fun, learn life skills, and learn a trade. We want students to have a safe place to learn and grow personally.
We hope to achieve this through things like sports, games, and education. As the camp grows, we will have sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, and other activities like go karts and a ninja warrior-style course. We will have day camps and overnight camps, and as we grow, week-long specialty camps (i.e. trade/sports camp)
Our ultimate desire is to see a positive change in our community through these students.
Camp Hope was created because we care about students.
In Mexico, the law states that students cannot work until they are 18; however, 80% of students drop out of school at age 14. They cannot get into high school because of the cost and the lack of available spots.
Since the law went into place, the community has seen a significant rise in gangs and teen pregnancy. Students need a safe place to go to hear a positive message about who they are as people. The indigenous people feel like they are forgotten. Like no one cares about them. When you feel that way you behave that way.
We want to change their minds into believing they are people that are special and have gifts and talents to share with other. They have worth by simply being alive. No one is saying this to them. We want to be those people that shout they have worth here, until they believe it themselves. They matter!
We aim to have at least 6 camps a year. We hope to serve 150 students from the local community and surrounding area at each camp. Providing weekly education programs, sports or music clinics and other activities to invest in students year-round.
Camp Hope will be run at Centro de Esperanza, the Hope Center.