Casa de Amistad, a mentoring and tutoring program for underserved students in coastal North County, held its annual Summer Enrichment Program during the week of July 30 – Aug. 3. As part of Casa de Amistad's DREAMS + Tech Initiative, which utilizes experiential education in Design, Research, Art, Math, Science, and Technology, the week-long summer camp gives students access to new activities and ideas while helping to bridge the opportunity gap in the community.
This year's theme for the Summer Enrichment Program was "Healthy Inside and Out." Students explored the "8 Dimensions of Wellness" through projects such as self-portraits, miniature art, writing, cooking, and civic engagement. They also had the opportunity to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding and visited Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas to learn more about where food comes from and increasing access to healthy eating (photos from the Coastal Roots Farm visit are on this page). Casa's partners in the community helped make the summer program a success: Solana Beach Library, Coastal Roots Farm, Santa Fe Christian Schools, and Outdoor Outreach.
Casa de Amistad's Study Companions Program will begin again in September, offering weekly academic support and enrichment to low-income students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Anyone interested in volunteering or giving to Casa de Amistad is asked to contact Program Coordinator Deanna Wolf at email@example.com or Executive Director, Nicole Mione Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-509-2590.