The Laurel Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS (Camp Laurel), and transgender/gender diverse youth (Camp Mulberry), and other at-risk youth. We are looking for enthusiastic mental health professionals certified in California who want to make a difference. If you love to help others, make life-long friendships, and expand your horizons, then volunteer at Camp Mulberry!!
For our Camp Mulberry, we transport children (ages 6-17) that identify as transgender/gender diverse to a safe, affirming and fun environment where they are free to just be themselves. Our programs enable these at-risk youth to experience the magic and wonders of childhood free from the stresses of their daily lives. Through love, compassion and hope, Camp Mulberry teaches children to understand that each one of them has the ability to make his or her life as full and rich as the next child’s regardless of the obstacles that are in their path. We empower families to grow closer and form bonds with families that have similar stories.
Volunteers at Camp Mulberry act as role models, mentors, friends, and a support system for these youth. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work directly with the kids at camp and get to participate in a variety of traditional camp activities (archery, arts & crafts, campfires, yoga, rock climbing, etc.).
Serving as a Camp Mulberry Help Team is a rewarding and challenging experience, one that many volunteers return to year after year. Volunteers must be LSW, MSW, or other licensed Mental Health professionals registered in California. Housing and food is provided for those accepted into our program.
"Every time I come to camp I learn a new life lesson, and that life lesson is always taught to me through the heart of a camper. I have never had any experience that comes close to what I experience every time I come to camp. It’s amazing and life changing and I always come away with more than I could ever give." - Jody (7 camps)
The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth, and the at-risk youth population through educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment.The Laurel Foundation’s programs tackle the emotional and social challenges at-risk children and youth face by constructing environments that support the mental and physical welfare of the participants. Our programs give participants the tools to build self-sufficient, productive, healthy lives.
Our volunteers will be camp counselors for our residential camp. We need wacky, high-energy, and motivated individuals for camp counselors. These are people that are role-models in their community and among their peers. All volunteers will be provided with food and housing for the entire camp. Must be 18 years old and a high school graduate.