Forest Institute students are helping out with the annual "Camp Look Out Latinas." The program was developed and adapted through the cooperative efforts of Forest student, Katie Price, Executive Director of Hand in Hand Multicultural Center, Julie Humphrey, and Forest's own, Dr. Judith Gonzalez.
The Camp L.O.L. Program is a program to empower young Latinas towards healthier relationships through peer influence and engaging activities, within a culturally sensitive environment. The program focuses on an adolescent Latina population and strives to increase overall self-esteem, develop emotional regulation capabilities, and increase awareness and prevention of interpersonal violence. Throughout the camp, the participants have the opportunity to attend various workshops focusing on self-esteem, healthy relationships, emotions, and dating violence, as well as music, art, and craft activities.
Currently, there are 3 camps scheduled for the summer/fall. The dates are listed below:
July 13th - 14th (Verona, MO)
August 10th - 11th (Noel, MO)
October 5th - 6th (Springfield, MO)
On Saturday (6-23), Dr. Gonzalez and Katie Price provided a 2-hour training for all future facilitators of the program.There are 12 students that participated in the training and will be facilitating a camp in the future. These students have the opportunity to receive practicum hours for both the training and for the facilitation of the camp.
July facilitators include Forest students Blythe Rolow, Amber Marcucci, Stephanie March, Lauren Albinson, and Valerie Hooper.
Emily Rademan serves as Coordinator and Director for the camp, and Megan Basnett acts as Co-Coordinator.