AileyCamp Miami provided by the Adrienne Arsht Center is a full-scholarship summer camp uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression and critical thinking skills in 110 middle school students, ages 11-14. The six-week program is for youth who have no formal dance training, come from underserved communities and may be experiencing personal challenges. Students in the program are considered vulnerable due to their exposure to drugs, violence, poor nutrition, early pregnancy and lack of structure and positive role models. In 2016, AileyCamp Miami was recognized by the White House with a National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor for creative youth development programs in the country.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Arsht Center was forced to quickly transition its youth development camp into a fully online experience. That created an immediate need for technology such as Samsung Galaxy tablets, unlimited data plans, not to mention tech support – and the Friezo Foundation saw a perfect opportunity to step in. “What touched us most is that about 70% of campers are African-American and 25% Hispanic. These vulnerable youngsters need technology enablement now more than ever” said Cindy Friezo.
“We are grateful for your quick grasp of the Arsht Center’s education mission and needs. Dance is a powerful force of good for our community. Thank you for believing in it – and us.” said Jodi Farrell, AVP of Arsht.