DC Police, Community Come Together for Ward 8 End of Summer Camp Celebration
On Friday, July 31, 2015, more than 250 Ward 8 youth residents and dozens of volunteers participated in an ‘end of summer’ camp celebration along with the Metropolitan Police Department and local organizations including, ArtWorks Now, Teens Run DC, Council for Court Excellence, Taratibu Youth Association, Church of Christ, University of District of Columbia and OCASE Foundation, which distributed more than 225 book bags and school supplies.
The event featured testimonies from campers on their experiences and lessons learned; a presentation by Metropolitan Police Department commending a young resident who was a victim of crime last year for her courage and bravery; dance performances by Taratibu Youth Association; music, face painting, moon bounces and other activities. Local arts education non-profit ArtWorks Now also hosted a pop-up art gallery that challenged participants to paint their ideas of peace and safety. Art created will be installed at the entrance to Wheeler Terrace.
The 2015 CPDC youth summer camps were fully funded for 150 enrolled campers and operated in five Ward 8 communities including Arbor View, Cedar Heights, Meadow Brook Run, Oxford Manor and Wheeler Terrace. In line with CPDC’s recently announced “Collaborating for Prevention” safety initiative, the 5-week summer camps all featured a safety theme.
Daynna Dixon, CPDC’s Regional Resident Services Manager who coordinated the celebration and is leading the two-year city-wide safety initiative said the event truly demonstrated the power of community and what’s possible when various stakeholders come together for a common cause.
“I was so excited to see volunteers, community partners, residents and staff from different properties come together for the common issue of safety as experienced through the lens of our youth. It was also a great opportunity for children to engage with local law enforcement in a positive light—something not seen often enough,” Dixon said. “The Metropolitan Police Department truly showed up for the youth—counter to prevalent stereotypes. They were kind, caring and supportive throughout the entire day.”
Learn more about the “Collaborating for Prevention” safety initiative here.