It is indisputable that 2021 was a challenging year for all of us. The persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties it brought was enervating and required that we tap into reserves of energy and strength that were sometimes hard to locate. However, it was more than ever essential that we work in partnership to support the youth and families of the Camp Harbor View community, so we challenged ourselves to adapt and evolve.
Out of hardship came real strength. We stretched our collective imagination to connect in deeper and more meaningful ways with the kids with whom we work. We listened harder, and we asked ourselves difficult questions as to the impact of our programs. The resulting focus has led us to stronger ties with our community, more meaningful work with partner organizations, and a determination to work toward economic stability and mobility for the families who count on us.
We intend to forever provide a fun, safe, and healthy summer camp experience for 1000 middle-school age Boston youth each year, and to make a deeper investment in the teens who choose to continue on as members of our Leadership Academy. Our ability to provide Leadership Academy participants with grade- and developmentally-specific programming; meaningful personal relationships to one another and to caring staff; scholarship assistance for post-secondary education and a sense of community has never been more important. So too, our investment in a guaranteed income pilot project for 50 families, along with other forms of financial and emotional support for families, signifies our commitment to fostering equity and opportunity.
None of what we do would be possible without the generous support of you, our champions, donors, and community partners who provide us with the resources to identify and operationalize solutions to address long-lived barriers to equity. Thank you for your belief in and support of our work.