Today, as I walked up the stairs to the 2nd floor of our camp site, I could hear those words getting louder and louder every step I took. Upon reaching the final step, I realized that the music was coming from our Staff and StreetLeaders who were gathered in a circle singing from the bottom of their hearts - "I cannot do all the good that the world needs...but the world needs all the good that I can do!" Our Staff and StreetlLeaders filled the room with their motto for the summer of 2011 and proclaimed the change they would be bringing to the Little Havana community in Miami.
This year we have been blessed with an extremely dedicated group of Staff, StreetLeaders, and Volunteers! With only 4 days of orientation, the energy is so strong and infectious, that we are guaranteed an amazing summer.
UrbanPromise Miami will be launching its 2nd Summer Program - Camp Courage - starting Tuesday, July 5th. We currently have 80 children enrolled, 16 teenagers who have been selected as part of our StreetLeader Program, numerous volunteers from within the community, and 6 Staff Members ready to build a path of promise for the children of Miami. UrbanPromise Miami will be providing a 5-week summer camp (free of cost) to the under-resourced children of the Little Havana community. Our goal this summer is to help the children of the community grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, and continue with same success we had last year!
Although an amazing and successful summer lies ahead, much work and help is still needed! As one of our Camp Co-Directors, Eduardo "Pookie" Lopez, pointed out during orientation today - "the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few! (Matthew 9:37)" There is MUCH help and support the camp still needs. We are COMPLETELY privately funded, and every penny collected goes directly to benefit the children. If you are interested in helping us this summer - be it with your time, financial contribution, or in-kind donation - please contact us at Info@UrbanPromiseMiami.org.
We are eternally grateful for all the support we have received in order to make this summer a reality. Without you...none of this would be possible! Please stay tuned for more detailed information and spotlights on our Staff, StreetLeaders, Camp Kids, Volunteers, and Sponsors for our 2011 summer camp.
Moving in Hope,
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director