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Camp Safe Berks – A Teen Alliance to End Violence

by Safe Berks

Camp Safe Berks – A Teen Alliance to End Violence

Safe Berks invites local teens to attend Camp Safe Berks, a free day camp, being held August 1-5, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., on the beautiful campus of Albright College. At Camp Safe Berks, teens who are interested in social justice and creating positive change within their communities, can learn more about these topics, have fun, and meet new friends.

“Camp Safe Berks is a great opportunity for local teens because it brings youth and adults together to form alliances of support that promote peace and justice in our communities,” said Delio Santana, Manager of Education & Outreach Programs at Safe Berks. “Camp Safe Berks also provides a space where campers can engage in honest discussions and group activities designed to build acceptance of the differences in others, as well as gain a deeper understanding of how oppression can lead to violence within our society.”

Camp Safe Berks is designed to ignite a passion within youth participants to not only spur their own personal growth and development, but to also encourage them to become champions for social justice change throughout their community. The campers will also enjoy games, arts and crafts, and free time.

Bringing together teens from different school districts, Camp Safe Berks provides a safe space to unite teens who may not have had an opportunity like this before. Camp Safe Berks begins the process of developing youth as leaders in creating social justice and ending all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism and classism. Throughout the week, campers gain a deeper understanding of the role oppression plays as a root cause of violence in our society. They engage in honest discussions and group activities that build over the week. These activities are designed to further cultivate their ability to build empathy and acceptance of the differences in others. In addition, campers learn and develop the skills to see, understand and address social injustice. They build strategies to become promoters of peace and justice in their schools and communities.

Camp Safe Berks does not end at the end of the week. Throughout the year, Safe Berks hosts monthly meetups for campers. Meetups include holiday celebrations, film screenings, community service, and time for fun and developing friendships. Meetups also provide teens with time to discuss social justice issues they encounter, and time to brainstorm and plan how to create positive social change in their schools and communities.

Safe Berks provides a safe haven and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, advocacy and a relentless commitment to prevent abuse. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment where individuals can be their true selves and feel empowered to stand up to all forms of oppression.

TO APPLY: Campers are required to apply. Applications are available at: https://www.safeberks.org/services/education-outreach/ or visit Safe Berks at 255 Chestnut St., Reading, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are due by July 22.

Safe Berks services include a Safe House for adults and children who are in danger, a 24-hour Hotline and text line, counseling, legal services, community outreach and response, and medical advocacy. Safe Berks services are free, confidential, and provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services are available in English and Spanish and will be translated into any other language needed. Our 24-Hour Hotline number is 844-789-SAFE, or text Safe Berks to 20121.