A Message From Osmosis Woodsey
As many of you might know, I joined an organization called UniCamp during my first year at UCLA. This summer marks the third time I’ll be volunteering with this amazing program.
Officially, UCLA UniCamp strives to impact the lives of hundreds of Los Angeles’s urban youth through providing the opportunity for them to spend a week in the summer up at Camp River Glen. However, personally and realistically, UniCamp is so much more than that. It’s an irreplaceable and life changing opportunity for love, growth, and empowerment – for both its volunteers and the campers we serve.
This year, UniCamp as a whole has 7 different session, each with its own objective. Some support college readiness, while others explore grief management, health and fitness, and even transitional youth empowerment. For the second third year in a row, I will be volunteering with “AcademiCamp”, a session rooted promoting academic success. While AcademiCamp has focused on social justice education in the past, we will be emphasizing social emotional learning (SEL) this year!
Growing up, I’ve always had a love for learning - so much so that becoming a high school teacher is one of my dreams. Upon arriving at UCLA, I learned that a huge part of being successful in academics is not only the presence of a safe, positive environment, but the making of confident, healthy-minded students. Specifically, AcademiCamp will work with middle and early high schoolers from Horace Mann UCLA Community School and integrate SEL lessons into our week of camp. We hope our campers can find success in the classroom, and in all other aspects of their lives!
Unfortunately, the price of UniCamp is not cheap. Each volunteer strives to fundraise $450 (the price to send one camper to camp!) UniCamp not only holds a special place in my heart, but in those of many UCLA volunteers and campers we serve. Please help make UniCamp a reality. Anything will help!
Much woodsey love,