USF and Wellspring bringing camp kids’ performance to USF Performing Arts Center stage Thursday
July 22, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis Social Work Department has collaborated with Wellspring Interfaith Social Service agency on City Camp for City Kids this summer. The camp wraps up Thursday, and the campers will be performing on the USF Performing Arts Center stage from 10 a.m.-noon to show off some of the things they’ve learned.
The camp provided more learning activities this year in response to Johns Hopkins University research showing two-thirds of the academic gap for children of households with limited resources results from a lack of high quality activities during the summer months, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty and at-risk behaviors.
Wellspring is located in the West Central neighborhood of downtown Fort Wayne, and enrolls hundreds of inner-city children each year in a program that provides soccer camp and field trips to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Headwaters Park, bowling and skating facilities and Science Central.
Each group receives weekly instruction in dance, music, yoga, art and creative expression, and all campers participated in the Allen County Public Library summer reading program. Kids connected with those of other cultures and made friends with children outside their neighborhoods. The 40 Developmental Assets and core values of forgiveness, respect, responsibility, truthfulness and trustworthiness were stressed throughout the programming.
“The Social Work Department faculty has provided supportive services for program development,” said Rebecca Coleman, associate professor and Social Work Department chair. “Through my department’s collaboration with USF’s music technology program, Brian Frushour, a music technology major, was employed by Wellspring to provide the music classes for the campers. True to the mission of the university, City Camp for City Kids engages a diverse community in academic learning and training future leaders.”
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.
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