MY-STARS Summer Youth Enrichment Camp to be offered by Akron Urban League.

Apr 09, 2018

Beginning this summer, the Akron Urban League will begin operating the Middle School Youth Summer Transition and Real Life Skills Summer Enrichment Camp (MY-STARS).  This pilot program is open to 36 middle school age students (grades 6th to 8th and ages 11 to 13) and will be hosted at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Boulevard, Akron, Ohio 44307, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   The camp will run for six weeks from Monday, June 11th through Friday, July 20th. 

During that time, students will be exposed to class sessions designed to improve their academic, social, technical, leadership, financial and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.  Breakfast and lunch will be served each day as well as an afternoon snack, and the students will participate in field trips, recreation activities and community service projects. The camp is FREE to TANF eligible families who qualify.

MY-STARS is the fulfilment of a year-long vision of Summit County Councilman David Hamilton (District 5) who saw a need in the community to provide youth who are too old for day camp, but too young for summer employment, the opportunity to participate in a Camp experience they otherwise would not be able to attend.  Looking to secure additional resources and expertise to operate the camp, Hamilton contacted the Akron Urban League to help bring his idea to life.  “Dr. Sadie Winlock and her staff at the Urban League have been incredible with all that they do to launch this program and give these kids a chance to have a real meaningful summer camp experience that we hope will inspire them to bigger goals and achievements in their future.”

Councilman Hamilton serves District 5, which includes parts of Akron, Copley Township, parts of Bath Township and the City of Fairlawn.