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Camping for NYC's Underserved Youth

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Raised by 92 people in 7 months
Camping to Connect is a new experiential learning and mentorship initiative for underserved young men from New York’s inner-city communities.

Created by Mastermind Connect, a membership-based resource group for progressive men, we use outdoor-based recreation to instill self-reliance, healthy lifestyle choices, leadership, introspection and brotherhood.

On September 29, 2018, through a special partnership with the NYC Department of Education's Office of Equity and Access, we kick off our program with an unforgettable overnight experience for young men on Governors Island , a beautiful 172-acre park in the heart of New York Harbor that normally is closed to overnight visitors.

The island’s authorities have granted special overnight permission to Camping to Connect. We'll be teaching participants how to set up camp, prepare meals, and survive outdoors. Breakout sessions with mentors explore goal-setting and promote peer bonding. Fitness and urban farm workshops introduce healthy living habits. Campfire rituals, meditation and journal-writing invite personal reflection.

There are many costs required to produce this unique experience, including: camping equipment; food and beverage; emergency medical services, security guards, and ferry on stand-by; insurance, and transportation to and from the island. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign go to operating expenses.

And we don’t plan to stop there. We aim to grow Camping to Connect into a broad movement that addresses the issue of "nature deficiency " faced by New York’s urban youth, with multiple events held throughout the year that will affect the lives of promising young men of color.

Please help us provide this unforgettable experience in September on Governors Island -- as well as future events, too -- with your donation today.

We’re grateful for your support!

32318516_1534873250277879_r.jpegGovernors Island photo credit: The Trust for Governors Island

32318516_1535253344263147_r.jpegPart of the NYC Urban Ambassadors with Mastermind Connect Co-founder Manny Almonte

32318516_1535164973232083_r.jpegMastermind Connect members showing how to set up a fire.
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Thanks so much to all of you who made the kick off to our initiative happen! We are blessed to have such beautiful souls rallying behind this noble cause to address the issue of nature deficiency in our urban youth!

Please see a recap of the experience by clicking on the links below. Please feel free to share with your family and friends. This would not have been possible without your support!

https://mastermindconnect.com/blog/2018/10/4/we-came-we-camped-we-connected
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We recently took some of the young men from the NYC Urban Ambassadors program to explore Governors Island and spend an afternoon learning how to set up their tents.

They were very excited about their upcoming experience, along with the rest of the 40 young men who will be joining them for our kick off event on September 29, 2018.

We have so much to teach and offer them, thanks to your kind donations for this amazing cause!
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