University of Florida Students Mentor Summer Camp Youth
University of Florida (UF) students have completed a second successful summer of helping youth from the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department’s Foundations Academy Summer Camp.
Students from Dr. Vincent Adejumo’s summer course on African-American Studies, “Mentoring At-Risk-Youth,” were matched with a camper to serve as a mentor during the PRCA summer teen camp program, interacting with campers identified as “at-risk.” They helped in setting examples, and taught life skills to benefit the youth in reaching their academic and career goals.
The class concluded with a banquet, which was held at the Thelma Boltin Center, brought together the participants of the program, the UF students and PRCA staff to give thanks for the collective effort.
“It was a pleasure to teach the ‘Mentoring At-Risk Youth’ course for the summer 2017 school term,” Dr. Adejumo said. “The goal of this course is to provide critical perspective on what the label and literature surrounding what an ‘at-risk’ youth entails, and practical strategies on ways in which students from the University of Florida who successfully complete the course can instruct and mentor the youth who are considered ‘at-risk.’ By all accounts, the program was a great success for this semester and we hope to expand our reach in the form of implementing similar programs for the fall and spring semesters in the future.”