Programs began for Elizabeth Haven in 2007 with our first residential camp, Camp Elizabeth, at Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas. We hosted 18 girls who stayed on campus for a week at no cost to their parents. The girls enjoyed an array of activities such as, soccer, volleyball and dance. We also established "GT," Girl Talk, which is a relaxed roundtable format where the girls address all issues with no limitations, under the supervision of an adult counselor. Camp closed out with a fashion show and tea where each camper received a new outfit to model and wear home. Their families were invited in an effort to foster family pride and unity.
Our 2008 Camp Elizabeth was held at the University of Houston where we were able to host 25 girls. Camp Elizabeth 2009 was hosted at Texas A&M University and Stillcreek Ranch where the girls enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, swimming, volleyball and lots more. Our focus this year was on education and leadership development with instruction in public speaking and career planning.
Our non-profit organization is based on the belief that our youth are of the utmost importance because they are our future. Our organization is committed to meeting their needs. A high percentage of our target population are at-risk youth. These children are children of incarcerated parents, Katrina survivors, members of single parent households and some are children of deceased parents. The reality is that all of our children are at risk without our support and encouragement. They are very young with very real issues.
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects is committed to addressing all aspects involved in the development of young people living purpose-filled lives. That includes, but is not limited to, addressing education concerns, self-esteem, mental health, social health as well as physical health.
In 2010 we took our campers to Denver, Colorado for a new collegiate and cultural experience. The number of campers attending Camp Elizabeth 2010 was contingent upon the amount of donations received. We invite you to consider supporting our youth with your tax-deductible donations to Elizabeth Haven Community Projects.
CAMP ELIZABETH 2010 - UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Jordne [Jr. Counselor] and Keisha [camper]
DATE: July 18-23, 2010
HOUSING: University of Denver, Nagel Hall
building & leadership development with horses; University of Denver
campus tour; Historical tour; Career and education planning; Simulated
"GT" [Girl Talk]