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Division of Student Affairs reflects on foster care summer program

(June 11, 2024) - From Sunday, June 2, to Wednesday, June 5, Clayton State University hosted a four-day, three-night camp for high school-aged youth who are currently part of the state’s foster care system. 

The sun rises over Clayton State's University Center

It was the first time in the university’s history that such an event has held on campus.

Currently enrolled Lakers served as mentors for the campers, who spent their time learning about each of the university’s colleges, majors, and careers while also recognizing their potential and focusing on their own personal growth and development.

Upon the completion of the inaugural camp, Drs. Don Stansberry and Allen Ward reflected on the program and were thrilled at the impact left upon all who attended.

“Our first camp was a huge success,” said Stansberry, vice president of Student Affairs. “Our campers were able to experience what Clayton State University has to offer. I am very proud of the student affairs team and the student leaders that coordinated the camp. Their commitment to making a difference in the campers’ lives was remarkable. The camp is another example of the important role Clayton State plays in the community and demonstrates our commitment to removing barriers that may discourage students’ pursuit of furthering their education. Our campers left with smiles and confidence to change the world.”

“It was a fantastic experience – the participants were exposed to an authentic taste of college life with the opportunity to get to know successful college student leaders, hear about their journey overcoming adversity and uncertainty, and absorb interactive presentations on the variety of college majors they might want to pursue,” said Ward, assoc. vice president for Student Affairs. “They dined in the cafeteria, lived in the residence halls, took campus tours, and enjoyed off-campus activities.  Most of them did not know each other prior to the camp but left with new friends and connections as they navigate future paths and consider career options.”

The two men, as well as the university’s Student Affairs team, hope to see the camp return in 2025 and become an annual event in the years to come.

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