Opportunities Industrialization Center – DC launches Carrera Summer Camp


On June 27, 2011, Opportunities Industrialization Center -DC will launch its free six week Carrera Summer Camp at the Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) located in Ward 7 at 5300 Blaine Street, NE. This year’s Camp will serve 52 young people from 5th through 8th grades. This year’s camp theme is a “Place to Shine” where campers will experience an eight hour day filled with: group games, sports & fitness, breakfast, lunch, snacks, entrepreneur­ship training, arts & crafts, dance/hip hop, book club, career exploration, a taste of college and self expression through performing arts and talent showcase. Also, the Camp’s curricu­lum includes the Carrera seven funda­mental components listed below. The hours of operation are from 8:30am- 4:00pm.daily.

On March 1, 2011, OIC/DC partnered with the, Arts and Technol­ogy Academy (ATA), The DC Depart­ment of Health and the Children’s Aid Society Carrera Program to provide 200+ youth, the Carrera Model Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at ATA. This nationally recognized model pro­gram sees young people “at promise” instead of “at risk”, uses a holistic ap­proach to empower young people to develop the desire for a productive fu­ture by avoiding pregnancy, complet­ing high school, and entering college.

The program is a year round program which includes a: In-School Model, After-School Model, Saturday Program and Summer Camp. All young people begin programming during their 5th grade school year and receive seven fundamental compo­nents: Education- daily and weekend homework help and academic enrich­ment with trained teachers and tutors, individualized academic plans, and high school and college preparation; Employment- Exposure to the world of work, earn weekly stipend, open indi­vidual bank accounts, participate in entrepreneurial projects, and summer job placement; Self Expression- Weekly music, dance, and drama sessions led by art professionals, this is an opportu­nity for youth to discover talents and build self-esteem; Individual Lifetime Sports- A fitness program emphasizing sports that build self discipline and can be played throughout life, including golf, tennis, bowling, and swimming; Family Life and Sexuality Education (FLSE)- Age-and-stage appropriate literacy for youth, to learn the facts about puberty improve communi­cation with parents and understand how to manage peer group pres­sure. Classes for parents and family members are included; Mental Health- Group discussions, individual counsel­ing as needed, school and family visits, crisis intervention, referrals and case management; Medical and Dental Care- Compressive, no-cost annual physicals and monthly dental visits.

For more information: Ms. Lisa Glenn

(OIC/ Carrera Program Director), 202- 398-6811 ext. 5291, lglenn@oicdc.org.



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