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  • You’ve heard of C.I.T.’s; what’s an M.I.T.?

    Jul 31,2015


    Most camps that we know of have Counselors in Training. At the JFS KidsConnect Camp, we developed a unique volunteer program for kids 13-17 years old to act as mentors for children with disabilities. Yes, they serve as “Mentors in Training”.

    It is my hope that at the end of the summer, I’ll share with you some highlights of this fabulous program; both stories from the campers and the MIT’s. But for now, I’m in recruitment mode. If you know of a teenager, or if you are a teen yourself, that would like to help others while having an amazing experience, please get in touch with us.

    What do the mentors do? They teach social skills by playing games, engaging in crafts and sharing ideas. Being a role model for appropriate behavior such as sharing, taking turns, volunteering and just plain having fun is a huge part of the job. Mentors encourage and praise kids for jobs well done, they discourage teasing. The camp is run under the guidance of Special Education Teachers; a dynamic school social worker leads peer groups each day, especially designed for the mentors.

    Know that while all of this is happening, the MIT’s are gaining leadership skills. We know of mentors that use this valuable experience both for their high school community service hours, as well as their topic for their essay in their college application.

    This year, the camp runs weekdays from August 17-21 on the grounds of Braeside Camp in Middletown. The hours are from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and transportation is available from the Newburgh and Middletown areas. To get a sense of the joy that is experienced at camp, check out the albums on our Facebook page titled, “KidsConnect Camp” from 2012, 2013 and 2014!

    Thanks for your interest and spreading the word!   children@jfsorange.org