As noted in my last post, Youth Discovery and the American West Heritage Center are teaming up to host a run at the Heritage Center as a fundraiser. All of the funds raised will be used to create scholarships for multicultural students, so that they can attend summer camp. Extra-curricular activities are vitally important in keeping students interested in school, and many studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to succeed. Opportunities like the living history day camps offered by the AWHC make learning fun and draw students’ interests.
While summer camps such as those offered by the AWHC are important for all students, we are focusing on multicultural students because of their low numbers of participation. While 10% of the Cache County School District’s students are Latino, and 30% of Logan City School District is Latino, less than 1% of the youth attending the AWHC day camps are Latino. Some summers, none of the attending youth are Latino. Youth Discovery and the American West Heritage Center believe that it is vital summer camps, especially educational ones, serve all youth, including those who are traditionally under-served.
The Run for the Kids will take place on April 23rd, with the first event beginning at 9am. You can register online at www.youthdiscovery.org, or on the morning of the race out at the American West Heritage Center.