The number of youth in “At-Risk” communities continue to grow. These youth are facing larger hurdles while having less access to resources.
We are asking thousands to join us. Together we can achieve so much more.
It has been stated the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. Camp Grace believes long lasting change must begin with a change in the heart. The answer is to change their hearts through the transforming truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the primary focus of Camp Grace.
The mission of Camp Grace is to transform the lives of urban under-served youth through grace with overnight camps. We have found that getting our youth out of the city environment for extended overnight stays and showing them unconditional love and speaking hope into their lives has and is transforming our campers. We know from experience that what we are doing is starting to break the cycle of poverty, crime, teen pregnancy and the high school dropout rate.
We start by ensuring every child that comes to Camp Grace has an advocate in their community. We have an amazing coalition of Ministry Partners who reach out to the youth in their neighborhoods. Our Ups take many forms from local church youth groups, sport mentorship programs to apartment complex outreach organizations. Our Ministry Partners are the ones who select which youth from their programs will come to Camp Grace.
Over the past 11 years 44% of all youth that have come to Camp Grace not already knowing Jesus have made a decision to follow Him. We currently have 40 urban partners in 15 cities and all our partners tell us most of their youth make decisions to follow Christ at Camp Grace rather than their home communities. When you change the environment it allows you and opportunity to change the heart.
We are building a first-rate facility so that at-risk youth can encounter something starkly different. When you eliminate distractions through a quality facility it allows you to create opportunities to experience genuine relationships. Our goal is to add two more camps to our first camp that will be for other age groups giving us a total of three fully functioning camps that will serve 3,000 at-risk youth a summer by 2025.
C3 Partners commit to 10 kids per year totaling $3,600. Currently we have 40 C3 Partners. By the year 2025 we have 7,000 urban campers and a 2.5 million dollar budget. Our hope is to multiply our C3 Partners from 40 in 2019 to 500. This seems insurmountable but with God all things are possible!
C3 is a name we have given to our corporate, community and church partners that sponsor 10 or more campers each summer. The vast majority of our youth are sponsored through our C3 Partners. Each C3 Partner will receive a personal picture and thank you from each sponsored camper.
God has begun a good work through Camp Grace and we are asking Him to raise up a team of C3 Partners that will continue the work He has started with us and to expand it beyond what we can ever believe or imagine!