Watch the Campers walk in to their Graduation site on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University!
Urban University Class of 2023
We’d like to thank all of our parents, donors/sponsors, volunteers, AAYHF team and a special thank you to Huston-Tillotson University for providing the space for us to serve over 200 Campers this summer!
And most of all to the young people – our Campers
- YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!! Thank you for making
Urban University 2023
an awesome six weeks!
Earlier in the week before graduation, the camper’s itinerary was packed with life skills learning and fun that included a mental health workshop, poetry and writing courses, a Black hair care workshop, field trips to Casa de Miel and Pinstack Bowling & Entertainment Complex and Mayor Kirk Watson was a guest speaker.
And we had some Camp prize winners–a few of the winners are highlighted here!
Urban University 2023
July 3 – July 7
What an incredible week for our Campers!
They spent a day with Austin Police/SWAT/Sheriff/K-9/Drone Units, EMS and Firefighters, who gave them an old school “splash party”! Their week ended in Judge Mueller’s court room for a mock trial! What an amazing experience for our Campers! Transportation proudly provided by our very own “Harvest Foundation” bus, two of our vans and chaperones, who we appreciate very much!
COMING UP NEXT WEEK FOR THE FINAL CAMP WEEK 6:
Graduation, Field Trips, Mayor Kirk Watson will be coming out to speak to our students as well.
Watch the “Splash Party” video here!!
Urban University 2023
June 26 – June 30
This week our Campers enjoyed another week of fun-learning, making new memories and making new friends! Lots of smiling faces as they completed week number four! Campers had a lesson in jazz music (see a quick video below), visited a courtroom, nature exploration, younger campers took on a snack challenge, “Real Talk” with Brandi for our older Camp girls and much more.
Two more weeks to go!
Urban University 2023
JUNE 19 – JUNE 23
The 5-6 year old Campers enjoyed a field trip to Casa De Miel. They learned about honeybees, got to taste honey, make Chapstick and learn about nature.
The week included representatives from Frost Bank and Courageous Cadence, YAM, Dell Medical School, U.T., Brandie/Real Queens Program, Carl Hunter/Real Kings Program and more outdoor activities as well as indoor regular learning-fun, like STEM & technology!
JUNE 12 – JUNE 16
The second week of Camp started off with Grammy nominated artist, Saul Paul, who was the special guest on Monday. He sang, danced with and encouraged Campers!
Campers in STEM & Tech are ongoing workshops. The younger Campers engineered a bridge!
U.S. Army officers and soldiers & Austin CommunityCollege (ACC)representative also stopped by to inspire the Campers about their future career choices!
Also, Nelson Linder, NAACP, was a guest speaker, YAM(Youth Aware of Mental Health), AUTMHQ, Courageous Cadence, Cadence Bank. The week ended with grilling hotdogs!
WATCH THESE INCREDIBLE VIDEOS!
JUNE 5 – JUNE 9
The first week of Urban University Summer Youth Camp 2023 was a success–no surprise there!
Campers easily made new friends, learned new technology as well as participated in a variety of wellness/fitness, life skills workshops, such as financial literacy and field trips to the Thinkery Museum, Blackland Community pre-Juneteenth event, Casa de Miel (an in nature experience)!
Mark Sampson, Attorney
Jasmine Grimes, Courageous Cadence
Austin Community College
D’affluenza – Twaski Simmons
A J Quinton and Aries
STEM and Technology are a major part of the learning structure that our Campers will receive over the next 6 weeks.
Our Urban University Summer Campers Need Your Support!
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation is committed to serving our youth this summer. Our focus is to address out-of-school time for our youth to remain on track when they return to school. We had an overwhelming number of students, over 200, with a pending waiting list. We realize the importance of this camp because it allows the parents to know their children are in a safe environment, receive additional educational support, and exposed to new opportunities and field trips to enhance their learning. We did not want our youth to miss this opportunity or place undue hardship on our parents by not providing this safe place for their children.
The camp is going well, and the youth are having a wonderful time. However, we need additional financial support to bring in additional staff, provide hot meals and assist with field trips.
We are currently $70 K short in the budget for our camp. Can we count on your support to help get us through the end of the camp?
** Please consider making a donation today. Our kids need YOU and YOUR financial commitments to help fund the program and staff expenses.
We also need you to share this message with at least 5 family members, friends, colleagues & business leaders to help us reach our goal.
Thank you for your support!
CLICK HERE To Donate to the Urban University Camp!
*SPONSORSHIP TABLES AVAILABLE*
Martin Luther King, III,
will be the Keynote Speaker at the African American Youth Harvest Foundation Annual Gala, Saturday, October 28. In addition, he will be present for a VIP Brunch and Youth Summit on Friday, October 27.
Friday, October 27
Tour of AAYHF Facilities
Youth Summit – Houston Tillotson University
Saturday, October 28
Fairmont Hotel – Downtown Austin
6pm-7pm – Reception
7pm-10pm – Dinner & Event
For Sponsorship and Special Event inquires contact Michael Lofton: MRLOFTON@AAYHF.ORG
WE ARE CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY!
AAYHF COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND SUPPORT
Thank you to A+ Federal Credit Union for their generous support of AAYHF families and programs!
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AAYHF and Dell Technologies are in partnership with Manor ISD working, training, mentoring in educating Dell Student Tech Crew of Manor how to diagnose and repair Chromebooks.
Outstanding News here! Two AAYHF youth earn their Dell Tech Certification!
STEM, Technology, 3-D Printing, Gaming & Coding and more is offered at no charge for youth ages kindergarten through 12th grade inside of the Dell Tech Lounge.
STEM workshops are one of the continuous programs that AAYHF offers for young people.
What is STEM? STEM consists of the natural sciences, technology-related, engineering and math fields.
Austin Legal Access has launched a new law firm, located inside of the African American Youth Resource Center at 6633 E Hwy 290, Suite 303, Austin, Texas 78723. ALA opened its doors for legal services on March 6, 2023. Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Dyan Lofton, will be accepting cases in the following areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Wills/Probate. For more information and to learn more about ALA, please visit: www.AustinLegalAccess.org