One of the organizations that has been most supportive of YEA Camp has been the Sacramento Vegetarian Society (SVS), which, for the second year in a row, is sponsoring a scholarship program to enable low-income Sacramento-area campers to attend YEA Camp.
The relationship began two years ago when Lacey Carlson, a YEA Camper from Sacramento who was part of the SVS, decided that she wanted to tell the group about her experience at YEA Camp. SVS was so moved by what Lacey shared that they decided that they wanted to support YEA Camp and help low-income youth be able to attend.
(YEA Camp has never turned down a camper for lack of funds, but we can only afford to do that because of supporters like SVS and others who donate toward camper scholarships.)
Last year, SVS found three outstanding teens from the Sacramento area, Kornell, Kakari, and Bema, who needed financial aid and sponsored them to attend YEA Camp.
They even had a report-back event in which the campers shared about their experience with their families, friends, and SVS members. The group was so inspired by what these YEA Campers shared that SVS decided to create a formal scholarship program this year, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
If you missed their inspiring talk, take a look at this short video of an interview we did with Kakari and Bema at camp!
SVS has put on several other events to support the YEA Camp scholarship fund, including a picnic in the park where Lacey, Kakari, Lacey’s mom Bethany, and YEA Camp director Nora Kramer spoke to the audience about YEA Camp.
This spring SVS also invited Nora to speak at one of the monthly meetings to introduce YEA Camp to new members and update the group on new developments. It was wonderful to meet in person some of the people who have been so supportive of us.
To help fund the scholarship program, SVS is putting on a bake sale on June 13 from 1-4 at the Embassy Suites and the Capitol Mall, featuring a dozen amazing bakers from the Sacramento area — and all funds will support YEA Camp!
If you live near the Sacramento area or know people who do, please support this amazing bake sale (as if you needed an excuse to buy these delicious treats!) and check out the scholarship announcement! Apply here today!
Could we love SVS any more than we already do? No! Thank you so much for your continued support, Sacramento Vegetarian Society!
YEA Camp is a summer camp for social change for youth 12-17 who want to change the world! With weeklong locations in California, Oregon, and New York, we are prepping for our best summer yet! If you know any young people who want to make a difference in their community and would love the training and support YEA Camp provides, send them to YEACamp.org to register today!