West Indian Foundation Inc. Summer Enrichment Program – Passport to the Caribbean
1229 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT 06112
Ages Served:3–18 years old
Areas Served:All locations
Program Length:5 weeks
We hope to provide CPR/First Aid training to staff this year.
More about our camp:
The Summer Enrichment Program is a core program offering free literacy and math immersion as well as extracurricular engagement with the arts, music, dance, and the outdoors for Hartford-area youth. Operated as a day camp for 5 weeks, the program establishes benchmarks for promoting the positive development of youth in a safe, rigorous educational environment while emphasizing the importance of cultural pride, heritage, and awareness. Serving an average of sixty to seventy percent students of West Indian background, the program provides an important intervention to help reduce the achievement gap in reading and math among low income learners while serving as an example of a healthy, safe neighborhood with positive, adult role models and mentors participating in and supporting youth development and success. The program encourages the constructive use of time, active learning, and exposure to local and global cultural traditions that promote self-worth and confidence. Students are exposed to opportunities at local area art, science, and history museums and participate each year in the annual West Indian Parade. Preparation for the parade includes designing costumes, practicing dance routines, and working towards a larger, long term goal, all of which build collaboration and communication skills. Each year parade offers an opportunity to make a statement about how people of different immigrant backgrounds enrich American culture and how people of all backgrounds can help commemorate the importance of nationhood for each of the West Indian islands as well as integration into a diasporic global culture. The West Indian Foundation helps to communicate this message of cultural pride and provides the summer enrichment program as a space for students to combine this with learning and recreation.