Local camp offers teenagers new opportunities at no cost to families

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by Emily Rau / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 8:31 AM

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(KMOV) – Camp Wyman is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty in St. Louis and beyond by giving young people a chance they would otherwise would not have.

“They’ve been identified in home communities…as young people with promise but with limited opportunity to fulfill that promise”, said President and CEO of Wyman, David Hilliard.

For 115 years Wyman has insisted that the zip code you call home doesn’t have to dictate the places you will go.

“I grew up in a rough neighborhood, it was a lot of gang violence, drug abuse and coming here once a year brings me out of that”, said Jawon Peoples, a sophomore at Jennings Senior High School.

Camp Wyman offers the chance to paint a different picture than the one participants are growing up in.

Campers attend the camp for three weeks every summer as part of a six year commitment to Wyman. Beginning in 9th grade, Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program works with students to support healthy choices, life skills and community engagement.

A large part of the program includes leadership development, college access and college persistence.

“I received a full ride scholarship to go to Southeast Missouri State”, said Jarrid Snyder, a Wyman graduate. Snyder now comes back every summer as a camp counselor.

Hilliard says 100% of Wyman students graduate from high school, with 95% of those students enrolling in post-secondary education programs. 

The Wyman Center will host its annual golf tournament on Monday, August 4, 2014. Funds raised go toward Wyman’s efforts to enable teenagers from low-resources environments thrive.

 

“If you want to invest directly into the future of the St. Louis community, Wyman is the place to do it,” said Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and co-chair of the event. 

Click here for more details on Wyman’s golf fundraiser. 

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