Camp Swift Youth Foundation

Swift Youth Foundation provides free residential summer camp experiences and year-round mentoring programs. We pair inner city youth with college-bound high school students – a powerful alliance that turns both the campers’ and the counselors’ worlds “RIGHT SIDE UP!”

Location: Scottsdale , AZ
Year founded: 1997

Description

In 1980, Camp Swift began as the project of Jewish high school students who believed that all children deserve the chance to go to summer camp. In the last fifteen years, Camp Swift has expanded beyond the original overnight camp program to include additional sessions of our overnight camp each summer, as well as year-round after school, weekend, and teen leadership programs for underserved youth and Jewish teens living in the Phoenix metro area. Even our name has changed, to Swift Youth Foundation, in order to highlight we offer more than summer camp services. In fact, Swift’s mission is two-fold. Not only do we support the social and emotional development of economically disadvantaged youth, but we also strive to enhance the social awareness and leadership skills of teens from all socio-economic backgrounds. All of our programs seek to enhance our mission by fostering positive mentor relationships between the youth and teens we serve; and we strongly believe that this unique relationship development significantly enriches both elements of our mission.


Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement

About

Founded in 1980 as a NFTY-SW mitzvah project, Swift Youth Foundation started as a one-week summer camp experience bringing economically disadvantaged children from the Phoenix inner-city to Prescott for an overnight camp. High school students participate as volunteers whom lead fun activities, teach life-skills and provide basic needs like food and clothing while becoming mentors for our campers. Adults, primarily in their 20’s, volunteer as staff to ensure all the participants are safe, well fed, and are having fun. Over the past 35 years, the organization has grown from a one-week mitzvah project into an organization that provides multiple sessions of camp each summer, as well as year-round local programming. We are proud to have enabled over 15,000 children to have a free, overnight camp experience up at Camp Swift.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of the Camp Swift Young Adult
Engagement program is to enhance the social awareness and leadership
skills of young adults by fostering volunteer experiences that are
beneficial for all participants in a fun and safe environment. We hope by enabling more young adults to
volunteer at Camp Swift, we can create a future filled
with young adults who are equipped with the leadership skills to reach
their full potential and are inspired to carry out a lifelong commitment to
social action.

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Program Description

The goal of the Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement program is to
make volunteering at Camp Swift easier for young adults. Many of whom would
like to participate, but have financial restraints holding them back. We hope
to increase the likelihood of adult participation by offering to cover
transportation costs like gas, a 15 passenger van, and plane tickets. For
certain volunteers, flying in for Camp Swift each year is their main connection
to the Phoenix Jewish community. We hope to continue to foster these
connections to our community.

Furthermore, we aim to increase the skills and capacity of our
volunteers by covering certification costs for lifeguards, first aid/CPR
courses, and other training expenses. Not only will these skills serve our
mission, but hopefully be of value to our participants outside of their
volunteer experience.

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Demonstrated Need

There is
a demonstrated need to involve young adults in volunteer opportunities. The
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the volunteer rate among 20-24 year olds
is 18.5%. According to research done by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan
national coalition of business, nonprofits, educational institutions and
community leaders, higher rates of volunteerism are moderately correlated with
higher overall opportunity and specifically, higher economic opportunity. In
addition, higher volunteerism rates are associated with lower rates of income
inequality. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community
Service (CNCS), volunteering is associated with a 27% higher odds of
employment. In addition to the economic benefits, the health benefits of volunteering
have been well established. According to report by CNCS, those who volunteer
have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of
depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

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Program Accomplishments

Prior to establishing this program as a clear objective, we already have approximately 50 Jewish "NowGen" adults volunteer at Camp Swift each year. This in itself is a notable accomplishment, as we have been providing young Jewish adults with a meaningful volunteer experience for over 35 years. Now that we have established this young adult engagement program, we hope to increase the number of Jewish adults who get to experience the meaningful opportunity of volunteering at Camp Swift.

Since we are just beginning this program, our most notable accomplishments to date are the design and goals of the program. We are proud to be focusing more attention on enabling as many young adults as possible to experience the transformative experience of Camp Swift.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure success of the new program by tracking the amount of support given to the young adults that volunteer at Camp Swift. To ensure continuous quality improvement, we plan to implement a satisfaction survey with young adult volunteers following their time at Camp Swift to ensure that the organization provides a meaningful and positive experience for all. We will also track the number of participants in the program to compare yearly.

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Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement

About

Founded in 1980 as a NFTY-SW mitzvah project, Swift Youth Foundation started as a one-week summer camp experience bringing economically disadvantaged children from the Phoenix inner-city to Prescott for an overnight camp. High school students participate as volunteers whom lead fun activities, teach life-skills and provide basic needs like food and clothing while becoming mentors for our campers. Adults, primarily in their 20’s, volunteer as staff to ensure all the participants are safe, well fed, and are having fun. Over the past 35 years, the organization has grown from a one-week mitzvah project into an organization that provides multiple sessions of camp each summer, as well as year-round local programming. We are proud to have enabled over 15,000 children to have a free, overnight camp experience up at Camp Swift.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of the Camp Swift Young Adult
Engagement program is to enhance the social awareness and leadership
skills of young adults by fostering volunteer experiences that are
beneficial for all participants in a fun and safe environment. We hope by enabling more young adults to
volunteer at Camp Swift, we can create a future filled
with young adults who are equipped with the leadership skills to reach
their full potential and are inspired to carry out a lifelong commitment to
social action.

Back to Top

Program Description

The goal of the Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement program is to
make volunteering at Camp Swift easier for young adults. Many of whom would
like to participate, but have financial restraints holding them back. We hope
to increase the likelihood of adult participation by offering to cover
transportation costs like gas, a 15 passenger van, and plane tickets. For
certain volunteers, flying in for Camp Swift each year is their main connection
to the Phoenix Jewish community. We hope to continue to foster these
connections to our community.

Furthermore, we aim to increase the skills and capacity of our
volunteers by covering certification costs for lifeguards, first aid/CPR
courses, and other training expenses. Not only will these skills serve our
mission, but hopefully be of value to our participants outside of their
volunteer experience.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

There is
a demonstrated need to involve young adults in volunteer opportunities. The
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the volunteer rate among 20-24 year olds
is 18.5%. According to research done by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan
national coalition of business, nonprofits, educational institutions and
community leaders, higher rates of volunteerism are moderately correlated with
higher overall opportunity and specifically, higher economic opportunity. In
addition, higher volunteerism rates are associated with lower rates of income
inequality. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community
Service (CNCS), volunteering is associated with a 27% higher odds of
employment. In addition to the economic benefits, the health benefits of volunteering
have been well established. According to report by CNCS, those who volunteer
have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of
depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

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Program Accomplishments

Prior to establishing this program as a clear objective, we already have approximately 50 Jewish "NowGen" adults volunteer at Camp Swift each year. This in itself is a notable accomplishment, as we have been providing young Jewish adults with a meaningful volunteer experience for over 35 years. Now that we have established this young adult engagement program, we hope to increase the number of Jewish adults who get to experience the meaningful opportunity of volunteering at Camp Swift.

Since we are just beginning this program, our most notable accomplishments to date are the design and goals of the program. We are proud to be focusing more attention on enabling as many young adults as possible to experience the transformative experience of Camp Swift.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure success of the new program by tracking the amount of support given to the young adults that volunteer at Camp Swift. To ensure continuous quality improvement, we plan to implement a satisfaction survey with young adult volunteers following their time at Camp Swift to ensure that the organization provides a meaningful and positive experience for all. We will also track the number of participants in the program to compare yearly.

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Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement

About

Founded
in 1980 as a NFTY mitzvah project, Swift Youth Foundation started as a one-week
summer camp experience bringing economically disadvantaged children from the
Phoenix inner-city to Prescott for an overnight camp. High school students participate
as volunteers whom lead fun activities, teach life-skills and provide basic
needs like food and clothing while becoming mentors for our campers. Adults,
primarily in their 20’s, volunteer as staff to ensure all the participants are
safe, well fed, and are having fun. Over the past 35 years, the organization
has grown from a one-week mitzvah project into an organization that provides
multiple sessions of camp each summer, as well as year-round local programming.
We are proud to have enabled over 15,000 children to have a free, overnight
camp experience up at Camp Swift.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of the Camp Swift Young Adult
Engagement program is to enhance the social awareness and leadership skills of young
adults by fostering volunteer experiences that are beneficial for all
participants in a fun and safe environment. We hope by enabling more young adults to volunteer at Camp
Swift, we can create a future
filled with young adults who are equipped with the leadership skills to
reach their full potential and are inspired to carry out a lifelong commitment
to social action.

Back to Top

Program Description

The goal of the Camp Swift Young Adult Engagement program is to
make volunteering at Camp Swift easier for young adults. Many of whom would
like to participate, but have financial restraints holding them back. We hope
to increase the likelihood of adult participation by offering to cover
transportation costs like gas, a 15 passenger van, and plane tickets. For
certain volunteers, flying in for Camp Swift each year is their main connection
to the Phoenix Jewish community. We hope to continue to foster these
connections to our community.

Furthermore, we aim to increase the skills and capacity of our
volunteers by covering certification costs for lifeguards, first aid/CPR
courses, and other training expenses. Not only will these skills serve our
mission, but hopefully be of value to our participants outside of their
volunteer experience.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

There is
a demonstrated need to involve young adults in volunteer opportunities. The
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the volunteer rate among 20-24 year olds
is 18.5%. According to research done by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan
national coalition of business, nonprofits, educational institutions and
community leaders, higher rates of volunteerism are moderately correlated with
higher overall opportunity and specifically, higher economic opportunity. In
addition, higher volunteerism rates are associated with lower rates of income
inequality. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community
Service (CNCS), volunteering is associated with a 27% higher odds of
employment. In addition to the economic benefits, the health benefits of
volunteering have been well established. According to report by CNCS, those who
volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower
rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Since we are just beginning this program, our
most notable accomplishments to date are the design and goals of the program.
We are proud to be focusing more attention on enabling as many young adults as
possible to experience the transformation experience of Camp Swift.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure success of the new program
by tracking the amount of support given to the young adults that volunteer at Camp
Swift. We will also track the number of participants in the program to compare
year to year.

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