Three hundred and fifty students have converged upon Saint Augustine’s University for the YMCA’s High Hopes summer camp. This is the fourth year Saint Augustine’s University has hosted the camp.
The seven-week camp serves rising first-graders through rising ninth-graders who live in the Southeast Raleigh area. The YMCA provides transportation to and from campus for the students.
The YMCA camp is one of the only camps in the area that offers physical activity as well as an educational program, said Dexter Hebert, the YMCA’s senior community outreach director. Camp participants will have access to golf, soccer, basketball, flag football and track and field clinics in addition to a reading and entrepreneurship programs. There will also be a leadership curriculum presented by the Raleigh Police Department.
The activities, meals and transportation offered through the camp would add up to about $181 per week, but the YMCA only charges $5 per week. The YMCA raises money to subsidize the true cost of the camp.
Housing the program on Saint Augustine’s University’s campus offers campers a glimpse at university life. Hebert said putting the youngsters in an environment where they see students “who look like them getting an education” helps them aspire to the same goals.
Campers aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the YMCA housing its program at Saint Augustine’s University. In the four years Camp High Hopes has been at the University, the YMCA has employed 100-150 St. Aug students during the summer.
About Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Augustine’s University, established in 1867, is a four-year historically black university in Raleigh, N.C. With an average annual enrollment of 1,500, the University offers 30 undergraduate degree programs in five academic divisions. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Commission on Universitys of the Southern Association of Universitys and Schools.
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