Erik Rodriguez

Erik Rodriguez, “Mission Week” Camp for Refugee Children

Date grant awarded: 3/10/2017

The UrbanLife high school student leadership teams are planning a camp during spring break, where the participants will be elementary school aged refugees from countries all over Africa and Asia, who have relocated to our neighborhood (City Heights and Southeast San Diego).

The youth will use the money for supplies for the camp (including plants and other garden materials to contribute to the pre-existing garden, nutritious food for the kids, gas for a trip to the beach, school supplies–a huge need for newly arrived kids). They will also put the money toward filming and documenting the week.

The Mission Week Camp is a collaboration with San Diego Refugee Tutoring, which supports the kids, and the high schoolers will be asked to commit long term to tutoring the kids after the camp is over. They have been learning about all the injustices the refugee kids have gone through, especially in this current political climate, and this was their absolute number one choice for using the money.