The camp, to be held at the Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., from June 13-24, is open to students 10-14 years old. ARHA CEO Keith Pettigrew and YIP Founder Riki Ellison are encouraging families to sign their children up.
“We formed this partnership because we need to develop leaders starting at a young age,” Pettigrew said. “ARHA’s primary mission involves housing, but it is important to us to also provide programs for families living at ARHA sites that will enhance their chances for growth and success. I am proud to work with the YIP team to make this opportunity possible for our residents.”
The dates for the program were chosen to fill the two-week gap between when the regular Alexandria school year ends, and summer school and other programs begin.
“By the time these young people complete this course, they will have undergone leadership development, character building and academics – and we hope have fun doing it,” Ellison said.
The program is open free to any ARHA family in the city. The school is located in the Del Ray neighborhood. No matter the distance, ARHA is providing free transportation for any participant in either the public housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The program is limited to 200 participants, so ARHA urges interested families to send in their application. To apply, please visit www.youthimpactprogram.org or contact Ms. Diaz at ARHA at 703-929-8218.