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The mission of The ELM Project is to enhance the lives of youth living with HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease by providing an enriching summer camp experience, year-round skill building and a supported transition to adulthood.
The ELM Project runs three programs for Tri-State area youth affected by HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease. These program include Camp AmeriKids, the Leader-In-Training Program, and the Mentor Program.
Camp AmeriKids provides a traditional camping experience for children ages 8-16 who are living with HIV/AIDS. The camp is offered entirely free of charge and recruits campers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. A complete and professional medical staff resides on site during the camp sessions, ensuring that medications are administered on time and that everyone is safe and healthy.
The Leader-in-Training Program is a two-year opportunity for former campers, ages 16-18, to foster leadership and communication skills, develop self-awareness and confidence, and create lasting friendships in a supportive group environment.
The Mentor Program is a full-year one-on-one mentoring program for former campers, ages 16-20, providing a positive role model who is there to help guide and support each young person as he or she transitions into adulthood.
Our goal is to provide children impacted by HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease safe and fun experiences. During their time with us, they have the opportunity to build self-confidence, discover new talents, enjoy the great outdoors, make new friends, and form lasting, positive memories.