Exposure to a variety of activities, locations, and cultures is instrumental in shaping the lives of well rounded youths. The programs available below are made possible in large part due to the generosity of various agencies and grant providers.
- Remove barriers and provide tools to assist our residents in becoming self sufficient
- Provide programs for youth that will motivate learning, raise self esteem and enable them to become productive members of the community
Summer Camp - Camp Ernst
Summer Camp @ Camp Ernst is our tested, best practice response to the well-known risk of learning loss and social dysfunction among low-income youth during the summer months. As an important component of our community-wide effort to help inner city youth succeed, the Advance Network offers Summer Camp at Camp Ernst, during June and July , serving at-risk children, ages 6-13, who reside in Covington public housing. The camp is a partnership between the Advance Network, the Housing Authority of Covington, the Covington Independent Public School District (CIPS), and the YMCA/Camp Ernst. CIPS refers students to the summer camp program based on interest, good behavior and academic performance.
The objectives of the Summer Camp program include:
o Expose inner city youth to nature and the outdoors
o Provide a supportive environment where learning is challenging, but fun
o Strengthen communication and social skills
o Reduce problem behaviors
o Instill lifelong values of teamwork and individual responsibility
o Model good behavior through positive mentorships
These objectives are measured, in part, through administration of the Pre & Post Developmental Assets Evaluations.
All youth are able to participate in an impressive array of recreational activities within three distinct camp areas: the lake (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, aquacycling), the ropes course (e.g. zipline, airwalk, Burma Bridge), and the valley (e.g. swimming, fishing, archery, horseback riding).
During the recreational component, good behavior is modeled through the effective mentoring of skilled camp counselors. Emphasis is always placed on applying many YMCA core values and social skills, which include: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, friendship, trying new things, creativity, independence, teamwork, and much more!
Finally, in addition to all the aforementioned opportunities, the camp experience includes nutritious meals three times a day, healthy snacks, and transportation to and from this 7 day, overnight camp program.
Teen Summer Work Program
The Teen Summer Work Program was initiated in 2009 for teen residents of public housing from 16-20 years of age to gain summer employment. The program was launched initially with over 40 teens participating in employment/life skills training.
The Teen Summer Work Program offers each teen resident the following:
• Paid employment
• Social skill development
• Job readiness training
• Work experience
• Life skills training
Each teen resident comes away with over 80 hours of employment experience over the summer.
There are many costs associated with running the Teen Summer Work Program including teen wages, staffing costs, and transportation. A monetary bonus is also awarded to each teen resident who completes the program successfully.
The vision of the Teen Summer Work Program is to ultimately allow each teen resident of public housing an opportunity to gain relevant community work experience. We believe this is the beginning of their road to self sufficiency.
HUD's Resident Newsletter - Summer Camp and Teen Work Program
HAC was mentioned in the HUD “Resident Newsletter” article for July 2012 regarding our Teen Summer Work Program and Summer Camp @ Camp Ernst Program. The Resident Services department are extremely proud of the programs we are able to provide to our residents. It’s exciting that other people throughout the country are able to see the impact we all are making in Covington, Kentucky.
Check out the newsletter article below:
Once you reach this page, click on “July 2012” to access the article.
Youth Internship Program -IGNITION
An ad hoc committee of the NKWIB developed the concept for the Youth Entrepreneurial Project. The goal is to pilot a project that teaches urban youth the intricacies of business from inception to sales using workshops, community partners and hands on experience.
- Each Student in the Ignition Program will be a paid intern of the WIA Connect Program working with local businesses for 10 weeks/$9.00 hr
- Each intern will be provided the opportunity to take the NRF Foundation Certification in Customer Service exam to obtain a nationally recognized Customer Service certificate
- Throughout the workshops students will not only expand their entrepreneurial skills but increase soft skills, customer services skills, and professional career readiness skills
- Ignition connects students to educational funding opportunities, professional job experiences and networking contacts of local businesses/ community partners
Two teams of youth are ultimately chosen to develop a product or service that benefits the community, with the guidance of staff and business leaders. The teams design a business plan and present their plan to the NKWIB ad hoc committee, coordinating staff from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and partner agencies.
City Heights Summer Lunch Program