project leader
Denise L
location
3869 Tilden Avenue
(Culver City)
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the project

Our goal is to raise $2500k to fund an 8-week in-person day camp for small cohorts ages 6-10.  Designed to promote true diversity and inclusion for both neurotypical and neurodiverse children (children with intellectual/developmental disabilties), encouraging social emotional learning, empathy, and life skills while developing authentic and lasting friendships through shared experiences and peer support.

Our program module actively promotes social communication, collaboration, and coping skills, incorporating physical play, practicing healthy habits, mindful exercises, and creative arts and crafts.

A total of 12 cohorts are registered to participate in this inclusion camp experience. Camp sessions are held one afternoon a week for eight consecutive weeks from June 24-August 12.

 

the steps

All funds will be used to facilitate the camp experience: venues, supplies, food, branded merchandise, facilitators, etc.

STAGE 1-May 24:  Secure payments and temporary insurance for Outdoor (parks & playgrounds) and Indoor (sensory playspaces) venues 

STAGE 2-May 31:  Purchase supplies for arts & crafts, interactive games, cleaning supplies and first aid kits.  

STAGE 3-June 4:  Payment for branded merchandise in Camp Kit (backpack, water bottle, journal, face mask, t-shirt).

Secure provisons contract with local vendor(s).

STAGE 4-June 24: Weekly compensation for one Camp Program Coordinator 

 

why we're doing it

The role friendships play throughout our lives is important, multi-faceted and profound. All children need friends for support, companionship, to build confidence, self-esteem and develop relationships that prepare them for life.Yet many children with developmental disabilities grow up excluded from the web of membership and connections that define community life, their social universe limited to interaction primarily with their family and the sphere of “specialized services”.

The past year has been challenging for most people due to the pandemic, and in many ways, it’s taken an even greater toll on children-the isolation created from quarantining, school closures, families in economic distress, possible loss of loved ones and the “new normal” of socializing from a computer screen.  They also may have an acute awareness of the anxiety the adults around them are experiencing, causing ambient stress.

Research shows a friendship between special-needs children, and abled peers’ benefits both.   Our program is most effective when we work together, parent(s), families, kids, schools, and communities.  Adopting an immersive and consistent approach designed to encourage long-term social emotional development for children with and without disabilities.No complex psychological theories are necessary-the message is a single one-friendships are what matter most-whatever labels we have been given, however awkward our needs.

Relationships don’t just happen, and true friendships can’t be “engineered.” They must be initiated, cultivated, maintained, and nurtured.  If we are serious about values of diversity, inclusion, mental wellbeing, and socio-economic opportunity for all our children, including those facing challenging conditions, isolation, rejection; and we want to raise kids to be adults who are resilient in their will and empathetic to others, we will need to do somethings differently. Adopt new tools, and approaches, and do the hard, yet meaningful work, with consistency, creativity, and compassion to see them through.

Our Summer Friendship Camp is a pathway to fostering friendships and a step towards social mobility and equity for all children.

Will you support us in creating real change and opportunity for ALL our children?

budget

  • Rental fee for 4 private in-door sensory play spaces=$1600
  • Purchase of supplies for arts & crafts activities=$200
  • Purchase of cleaning and safety products, masks, sanitizer=$125
  • Pre-packaged snacks and fresh fruits=$625
  • Purchase of outdoor, interactive games=$200
  • Branded t-shirts for all campers=$125
  • Camp Kit w/Branded merchandise for all campers=$1200
  • Compensation for one BCBA/BI (Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Behavioral Interventionist) on-site for all 8 camp sessions=$540



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $2,300.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $125
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$75
TOTAL TO RAISE= $2,500
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED

$4,600
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $250
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$150
TOTAL TO RAISE= $5,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

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donors

  • Bryan P.
  • Pat Harmon
  • Mike B
  • Jaime V.
  • Joseph Latino
  • Anonymous
  • Joanna Sandoval
  • Sally I.
  • Richard J.
  • Young & Juanita
  • Seth A W.
  • Arturo E. Sandoval and Luba Morein
  • Vero & Dora
  • Gabby & Manny
  • Wendy M.
  • Anonymous
  • Angie M.
  • T. Rhodes
  • Malila
  • Eva V.
  • D. Carver
  • Hayes M.
  • VK Shah
  • Paul Martinez
  • Erma F.
  • Andrea Z.
  • Margarita P.
  • Cmart 66
  • H. Harper
  • Edna D.
  • juliana s.
  • Mya W.
  • Lena A.
  • Anonymous
  • Josie Sandoval
  • Fatima Washington
  • Anonymous