A summer camp for boys is mentoring middle school leadership while providing activities that encourage financial literacy, citizenship, and involve education and law enforcement.
In Lawrenceville Georgia, the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Community-Based Mentoring Program is sponsoring the Summer Leadership Camp, giving at risk boys the opportunity to develop leadership skills by connecting them with adult mentors.
“Their leadership is stronger than what we give them credit for,” says Paul Parker, a veteran mentor of middle school students. “They have a great influence on one another and we have to just learn to help them channel that into a positive aspect.”
Parker says he gets more out of the experience than the kids. Recently at Moore Middle School he was brainstorming with fifth and sixth graders how to put a music artist together with a producer to create a song that is a hit.
“We think this is a need to keep the kids engaged over the summer,” said James Rayford, director of academic support with the school district. In an informal survey, the camp was discovered to be as popular among parents as it is among kids. Rayford hopes to see the camp grow to 75 students next year. “We felt this a great opportunity to expose them to some things that they may not have seen during the school year.”