This isn't just camp. This is community.
We believe that the youth of our city are often overlooked and sometimes regarded as a nuisance, when in reality they are full of energy and talents that are waiting to be unleashed! Our Summer Arts Camp gives youth the opportunity to discover and cultivate hidden talents by exposing them to new forms of art and challenging them to go outside of the box. We help them identify areas of interest and confidence and then teach them to thrive in those areas. We strive to encourage in order to maximize potential and we have seen very positive results!
We believe that the Summer Arts Camp is not only a lot of fun, but it also fosters experiences that lead toward personal growth and development. While our curriculum teaches principles of art and theater, it also emphasizes themes of unity, teamwork, social etiquette, problem solving, self control and discipline. We do not discourage emotions, rather we teach the youth to channel those emotions and energy into positive outcomes that work toward a greater good.
We believe that our talents should be shared in community with others! Being and feeling a part of a community can shape our outlooks and outcomes in life. Our program celebrates the cultural differences of our community by having the youth engage with influential role models that have come from similar cultures and backgrounds as our youth. This helps them to form a vision of how they too can play an integral and influential role in their communities.
Who: Kids (7-10)* and Youth (12-17)
Dates: July 5 - August 12
* Camp Orientation will take place on Sunday June 26th at 1:00 PM at P.S. 705
When: Mondays - Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM*
Where: P.S. 705 located at 443 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Cost: CAMP is FREE and SHIRTS are $10 each*
Registration: begins April 1 and ends June 15*
*Kids who will turn 7 by December 31, 2016 are eligible to attend
*Campers will need to be able to commit to all 6 weeks of camp and arrive on time daily
*Each camper will need a minimum of two shirts; cost of trips is not included
In the Summer of 2014, we first opened our doors to a group of youth that impacted our lives and who we are still closely connected to today! During that first camp we choreographed dances, belted out songs, wrote and acted out poetry together, and were taught expert techniques from professional actors and make up artists. We even had an evening out in the city and went to the Broadway show which, for many of our youth, was their first time seeing a play on Broadway. Needless to say, the youth were amazed with all the unforgettable moments they experienced.
In 2015, our summer culminated with a show of our own, called "In the Heights" in which the students wrote, memorized and performed their pieces in front of a large group of family and friends from the Crown Heights community. It was an emotional and rewarding time for everyone involved. That same summer we added an art class and recreational sports to our agenda and also saw our numbers grow to 31 youth. The memories of the past summers fill us with excitement for what lies ahead this summer.
In 2016, we are continuing to expand the camp by inviting the kids of Crown Heights (ages 7-10) to join us in all of the fun that we will experience each day. We are hoping to have 35 youth and 25 kids in the summer of 2016.
The Crown Heights Summer Youth Camp is a safe space where young people in the community are free to express themselves without the fear of judgement from anyone - adults and peers alike. We want to encourage young people to tell their stories! Our story is still being written and we welcome you join us on this journey.
Dimetra Barrios (Camp Director) is a native of Brooklyn and has had a passion for the arts since she was a young person. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and graduated as a Drama major. She then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts following high school while simultaneously working at the Dodge YMCA. At the YMCA, she led an after schoolPROGRAM, dance classes, and a gym class for high school students. She currently works with Trinity Grace Church Crown Heights where she directs the children’s and youth programs.
Richard Barrios (Camp Director) is a native of Brooklyn that began working with young people in his early teens with an organization called Good Shepard Services. He was a mentor to displaced youth in Red Hook and helped them engage in alternative activities to keep them off of the streets. His experience at Good Shepard Services developed a passion in him to care for Brooklyn youth much like himself. After high school, he continued working with youth at the Dodge YMCA where he lead a summer campPROGRAM. He currently co-leads the youth program at Trinity Grace Church Crown Heights and is the Executive Director of Amenities at American Leisure.