Camp Akili 2018
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Camp Akili, a project of Flourish Agenda, Inc., is a five-day residential personal development and leadership summer camp for African American youth ages 14-18. The camp takes place in a tranquil, retreat like setting, providing a space for reflection and community building. Serving youth for over 25 years, Camp Akili sparks critical thinking, fosters personal transformation, and strengthens cultural appreciation. During the five-day experience, youth receive guidance from trained volunteers and paid professional staff for a fun-filled, life enhancing camp experience.
Camp Akili is based on our Radical Healing approach to youth development. Radical Healing addresses trauma that results from social oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and class exploitation. Healing on this level is important for achieving personal well-being and community change. The Radical Healing process transforms individuals and relationships, teaches well-being and leadership practices, and builds healthy outcomes for young people. By integrating issues of power, history, identity, and the possibility of collective agency, Radical Healing rebuilds individuals and communities so that they can foster hope and political possibilities for young people.
Camp Akili’s overall goal is to increase youth participants’ social emotional health according to five indicators: cultural appreciation, agency, relationships, meaning and purpose, and future aspiration.
Camp Counselors and Staff
We ensure that campers are nurtured in a safe and supportive environment. Camp Akili is staffed by dedicated individuals from our community who serve in paid or volunteer roles. Most staff and volunteers have extensive training in youth development. Outside of camp, many staff and volunteers work in the education, mental health, and/or youth services fields. We train all staff and volunteers in our unique approach to working with and supporting young people.
Many staff have worked at Camp Akili before, and some attended as youth. All new staff and volunteers go through an internal application and review process. All Camp Akili staff and volunteers are fingerprinted and screened. There is always one adult on-site who has CPR training.
What youth have said about their Camp Akili experience:
“I enjoyed how we all connected within 5 days. We learned how to love each, other and we are our keepers.”
“I learned how to analyze a situation before I react.”
“I have greater empathy for everyone, because hurt people hurt people.”
What Parents have said about their youth’s camp experience:
“My child feels like he has a purpose in life.”
“My child Is clearer about what they’d like to do in life.”
“My youth understands how sexism and misogyny impacts the community.”
“He gained tools and skills to make a positive change on his community.”
Camp Akili will be held on the campus of Sonoma State University, Sonoma, one hour north of San Francisco and 45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, Sonoma State University is a small campus surrounded by big opportunities.
Sonoma State’s housing accommodations go above and beyond the typical dorm experience by providing suite-style housing, which includes double occupancy bedrooms, private bathrooms, and a shared common area. Suites are nestled in beautiful grassy areas that are close in proximity to indoor and outdoor community areas, making it the perfect location for campers to gather, learn, and connect.
Camp Akili campers receive three meals each day provided by the Kitchens dining hall. Meals are served buffet style and always include vegetarian options.
Flourish Agenda provides round trip transportation from downtown Oakland to Sonoma State University.
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Camp Akili FAQ’s
With all of the distractions of social media, we do not allow the youth to bring their cell phones to Camp Akili. We want the participants to be fully present and have time free of technology. This enables them to build deeper connections and engage more fully in the camp activities. Once registered, family members will receive a number to contact camp staff.
Yes, all of our Camp Akili staff and volunteers are fingerprinted and screened. All new staff and volunteers go through an internal application and review process before they can serve as camp staff or volunteers. There is always one adult on-site who has CPR training.
Essentially each youth receives a scholarship. The actual cost to participate in camp is $1200 per youth, and our registration fee only covers a fraction of that amount. We do offer a limited number of partial scholarships to further assist with registration fees for those in need. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 761-9095 for more information. We also offer a three-month payment plan option for those who cannot pay the registration fee all at once.
Yes, in fact it’s best for youth to attend multiple camp sessions. Repeated exposure to our principles and practices helps youth to continue in their personal transformation process over time.
No, all youth must complete the full five days of Camp Akili. We do not allow youth to have visitors.
Absolutely! During camp youth will be housed in gender separate dorms on the Sonoma State University campus. Each youth will reside in a double occupancy suite with an assigned roommate. There will be chaperones in each dorm.
To reinforce the principles that youth learn during camp, we provide them with a set of practices to use when they return home. We also encourage them to keep in contact with their Camp Akili cohort after the experience ends. Additionally, we encourage them to connect with other youth serving and community organizing projects so they can transfer the skills they have learned into their real lived experiences. We will support youth to connect with organizations that may be of interest to them. Lastly, we can provide you with a home toolkit that you can use to talk to your youth and support their continuous growth.
Not to worry. We take every precaution to keep your child safe. But, in the event that there is an accident or your child becomes ill, we will get your child immediate medical attention. The camp is located just a short distance from the nearest hospital. Staff will transport your child to the hospital; accompany them during the visit, and keep you updated on what’s going on.
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies. Include detailed information on the registration application and we will notify the dining commons of your child’s dietary needs.
We always hope this is never an issue. We will first try a restorative justice process to address the issue. Should that not be effective or if it is deemed unsafe for the youth to remain at camp, they will need to be picked up from camp immediately.
Dedicated individuals, from our community, who serve in either a paid or volunteer role, staff Camp Akili. Most staff and volunteers have extensive training in youth development. Outside of camp, many staff and volunteers work in the education, mental health, and/or the youth services fields. We train all staff and volunteers in our unique approach to working with and supporting young people.