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Jun 15, 2015 12:44 PM ET

Archived: Swing Camp for Kids!: Building mindful, culturally sensitive, creative community leaders through swing dance

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2015

Swing Camp for Kids!


the project

We would like to organize a weekend long swing dance camp exclusively for youth ages 7-17. We would provide 4-5 hours of classes on Saturday and Sunday and social dancing to live music on Friday and Saturday evening. We would also provide structured socializing time for the youth. We will hire at least two world class swing dance instructers who have had experience working with youth. We will secure additional staff to lead classes in team work, leadership, communication, history, culture and mindfulness. We will need to hire a band(s) for the evening dances. We will need lots of volunteer chaperones/camp counselors during the event. We may need volunteer drivers to transport some of the students to and from the classes and evening dances. We may need volunteers to prepare meals/snacks for the students. The outcome would be youth who have increased self esteem and self confidence. Youth who have learned through swing dancing to be better communicators, team players, leaders, and change agents for postive things in their neighborhoods

the steps

Hire instructors and find a hall that is available the same weekend they are. Book the hall for Friday night, Saturday day and night, Sunday day. Hire a band(s) that is available the nights we need. Find someone to build and maintain a website and online registration for the event. Have promotional material designed and printed. Begin promoting the event to youth in the greater Cleveland area and beyond. Secure instructors/facilitors for the non-dance related classes and structured social time. Recruit volunteer chaperones/camp counselors, drivers, kitchen staff.

why we’re doing it

Our youth need a safe, structured environment to show and develop their abilities as creative leaders, team players, and communicatiors. Students’ self esteem and self confidence grow as these abilities are developed. These students with increased self confidence and self esteem will be more able to make good choices about themselves and their actions. They will be growing into the kind of young people you want as your class mates, neighbors, co-workers and friends. They will be shining a positive light on themselves, their families, their schools, their neighborhoods and their cities. They will be helping to make their neighborhoods and cities more desirable places to live.

Contact Information:

Valerie Salstrom

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