A Message From Ringo Woodsey
The Afrikan proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," is the guiding principle of the Village Session, where campers celebrate Afrikan American heritage, history, and culture in a safe space that is affirming, appreciative, and nurtures their personal assets. Village elders create an immersive environment for empowerment that strengthens campers' confidence and character on a foundation of culture, community and college-readiness. The Village Session provides access to resources for academic, social, and cultural excellence and develops leadership to advance the legacy of social justice. We celebrate Afrikan culture and connect campers with resources in order to empower them to achieve excellence and become leaders of the black social justice movement.
I'm a first year public affairs major, and entering UCLA, I wanted to engage in a program for underserved communities. Here I am as a camp counselor in the Village Session, which empowers and educates Los Angeles Afrikan American youth on their culture and instills in them the belief to accomplish anything they put their hearts to. Coming from a low-income community and growing up underprivileged myself, I understand how these kids may feel, and I'll show them how to transform their adversity into an asset. From my experience, the preteen and teenage years are times of emotional distress, which adds to the burden of their demographic background. Overcoming and eventually prevailing over some painful bullying situations in my life in middle and high school, I hope my story will be a beacon for these kids to pursue great things they never dreamed of.
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Peace and love 😎✌️🌟💖🎵💕🎶🐘🥦🦏🌺🍒🕉☮️,