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UNDER ONE SKY VILLAGE FOUNDATION

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth

Location

PO BOX 18526ASHEVILLE, NC 28814 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Under One Sky cultivates and supports enduring connections for youth in foster care through camps and self-discovery programming. Our Vision: Youth in Foster Care are seen, heard, and valued in NC.

Description

What We Do: U1S provides camps, one-on-one mentoring, and wrap-around supportive services for youth in foster care throughout WNC. "Under One Sky Camp is the only place where I can be myself and not fear judgment by other kids and adults for being in foster care." - 12 year-old participant

U1S has four main programs: monthly Journey Camp (ages 12-19) and monthly Jr. Journey Camp (ages 7-11), Mentorship (every youth enrolled in Journey & Jr. camps is paired with a rigorously vetted and trauma-trained mentor who sees the youth twice monthly outside of camp; mentoring is also offered to non-camp youth in foster care at the request of their social worker or guardian), and Rites of Passage (focused on helping older teens aging out of the foster system build life skills like budgeting, building good credit, healthy cooking and lifestyle, education and scholarship planning, career goal setting, creating a safe living environment, feeling ownership of their life as they move toward adulthood, and much more.) At the start of each program year, the youth, social workers, and U1S staff create goals for each youth and progress is tracked after each interaction. Many youth request to return year after year.

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