Each summer, while school is out, we continue to engage our students with a summer tradition that goes back to our roots: Camp New Look! This modern-day twist on the original camp model (2005-2009) includes week of camp-like activities centered around the four pillars for high school students in each UNL city. In Atlanta, we had four special student guests join from our affiliate Young Entrepreneurs of Kansas City (the organization UNL alum James “Dewey” Harris joined us through) and one student from the Bronx, Sophia Brown, who won a trip to Atlanta for Camp Week by completing our #StartTheSpark Digital Badge competition on GetSchooled.com. Read about each city’s festivities below!
Atlanta- July 25-29
Atlanta’s Camp Week exposed students to their sparks for photography, videography, dance and music production. They kicked off the week with a photography lesson from celebrity photographer Dewayne Rogers on Monday.
Tuesday and Wednesday, students were broken up into three groups based on their sparks; video, music and dance. In these groups, they each created a piece to present in Friday’s final showcase at Lenox Mall. The music group wrote and produced an original song for our Signature Event called ‘Start the Spark’. The dance group created a dance to go with the song, while the video group produced a video highlighting the week and describing what “SPARK” means to them. During the breakout sessions, Usher dropped in for a surprise video chat. Thursday, students took a break from being “creators” to consume artistic inspiration at the High Museum. Later in the afternoon, our guest students from out of town visited Six Flags. On Friday morning, students gathered at the Microsoft Store in Lenox Mall for a Shark Tank competition, where they worked on groups of two to come up and pitch their own innovative idea. Ideas ranged from Zika stopping “drones” to, makeover buses and thumbprint protected wallets. Sophia, our Get Schooled winner, and Phong from the Young Entrepreneurs group won the Shark Tank for their project, Tacet, a bluetooth noise-canceling headphone. As a culmination to the week, the students showcased their hard work by performing the song, dance and video for mall patrons.
Milwaukee- July 25-29
UNL Milwaukee kicked off Camp New Look Week by volunteering together as course marshals at the 32nd annual United Negro College Fund Walk Run. They learned the ins and outs of event production from Juliette Henry who heads up the walk as the course organizer. On Friday, they job shadowed in the nonprofit sector at Feeding America Wisconsin. This career exposure doubled as a service project. The students served in the warehouse and volunteered their time by packing goods to be sent out to those in need. Feeding America expressed interest in having their staff trained in Powered by Service by our students.Later this week, the Milwaukee Brewers Game will host a ‘Camp New Look Night’, where students and their families will be able to attend a game thanks to Cecelia Gore of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. A cookout and college visit to Marquette University is also scheduled for this Friday.
Detroit July 11-15
Camp Week in Detroit began with a tour of the Henry Ford Museum, where they were immersed in the history of segregation. The students said this allowed them to develop a new appreciation and understanding of freedom. On Tuesday, students were hosted by the University of Michigan for a college preview day where they were introduced to the admission application process, selecting a major, and how to navigate campus life. Wednesday, students participated in a career scavenger hunt in downtown Detroit where they interviewed entrepreneurs and practiced their networking skills. Thursday was service day. Students volunteered at the Humane Society. On Friday, Detroit ended their Camp Week with team building through a paintball tournament.
New York July 11-15
Monday, New York students embarked on their first day of Camp Week with a visit to Twitter’s corporate office where staff members shared about the company and their careers. Twitter’s London office joined via video chat and provided tutorials of the Vine and Periscope’s platforms. Similar to our Powered by Service trainings, students gained an understanding of the power of Twitter’s specific platform and the level of impact it carries through daily current events, opportunities and branding. Later, students went on a college tour at The New School’s Eugene Lang School of Liberal Arts. On Tuesday, students toured the BRIC Arts Media Gallery filled with the works of artists from Brooklyn. Students then learned of the free art resources available to them. The visit concluded with a live taping and performance of violinist, Luisa Bastides to be broadcasted for local television. At the local food pantry, Bedstuy Campaign Against Hunger, students learned how to be organic farmers. On Wednesday, students engaged in a conversation with Attorney Tasha Lloyd and Chris Foye of the Chris S. Owens Foundation about police brutality, rights and gun control. Later, students sparked their inner DJs at the DJ Scratch Academy founded by the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC. On Thursday, Brooklyn Museum to explore art and culture. One of our 11th graders, Mameanta Wade, was able to connect the art with her country of heritage, Senegal and teach her New Look peers more about her culture. The week was closed out with a bonding experience to Brooklyn Bridge Park for roller skating.