A Message from our Chief Program Officer, Gaudencio Marquez
This February, thanks to a partnership with CAA led by music executive Shannon Silber, we were able to take 75 middle school students from six different LAUSD middle schools on a weekend/overnight camping trip in Lake Hughes. Students engaged in fun activities – like rock climbing, ropes courses, team-building exercises, and group performances – that fostered new friendships, leadership skills, creativity, and a love of the outdoors. The weekend revolved around learning the 5 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, Reaching out, Reasonable Risk & Role Modeling. Students came back to their schools having conquered fears, with a newfound confidence, new friendships, and a greater understanding of their individual strengths. It was an amazing experience for all involved; as one student put it, “It was the best time I ever had.” We are very grateful for all the folks at CAA and Camp Lake Hughes who made this happen, and are very much looking forward to next year!