ONIC’s youth program experienced a significant boost thanks to the unwavering commitment and dedication of four outstanding Junior Camp Counselors: Jessica (18), LaReina (16), London (17), and Shamya (15). Throughout the summer of 2023, these dynamic individuals collectively contributed over 557 hours of their time. Having been former summer camp participants and residents themselves, each counselor harbored a profound desire to give back by taking on the role of a junior camp counselor. They were inspired by the transformative impact that ONIC’s summer camp had on their own lives.
The infusion of energy and fresh perspectives brought by these counselors sparked curiosity and creativity among the campers. This, in turn, led to the establishment of meaningful connections and a significant increase in camper engagement. Beyond their individual contributions, the counselors collectively played a pivotal role in empowering the next generation of leaders and fostering a close-knit, diverse camp community. Their involvement proved instrumental in enhancing the overall success of the program.
In essence, the dedication of Jessica, LaReina, London, and Shamya not only showcased the positive ripple effect of ONIC’s summer camp but also underscored the crucial role that passionate and engaged youth can play in creating a vibrant and thriving community.