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UW-Green Bay fall virtual youth programs offered

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Camps and Youth Programs will be offered virtually during the fall. Middle and high school students and parents are invited to participate in virtual camps, developed to grow confidence and independence, challenge imagination and encourage empathy and open-mindedness.

“We determined that creativity, learning and fun shouldn’t end with summer, based on feedback from campers, parents and instructors,” said Jason Mathwig, director, education outreach. “Also, the times call for camps that promote creative thinking, respect and inclusivity.”

The popular PRIDE camps kick off fall programming with three free sessions. Middle School Fall PRIDE Camp takes place Oct. 6 to Oct. 27, High School Fall PRIDE Camp takes place Oct. 8 to Oct. 29 and a Parent Discussion is scheduled to take place virtually Oct. 6. October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and the camps are focused to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community in history, art, music and media, along with networking and advocacy.

STEAM Creativity Scrimmages and Design Tech also begin in October, two camps designed to promote “what-if-thinking.” STEAM Creativity Scrimmages will take place from Oct. 6 to Dec. 17 and Design Tech Oct. 12 to Dec. 9. Both will take a break during Thanksgiving week and are collaborations with the Einstein Project. The cost for these camps includes project supplies.

“I’m especially excited about our Peace, Equity and Social Justice Camp because it represents a new collaboration with dynamic diversity consultant and public speaker, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.,” Mathwig said.

The camp will encourage #realtalk with kids and parents resolved to construct a more diverse, equal and inclusive community and nation, fostering the SNAP philosophy — see and be fully aware, name the privilege or oppression, act by taking creative measures and proceed as activists and leaders.

Peace, Equity and Social Justice will take place Oct. 25 to Nov. 19 with three age-appropriate tracks available at a family rate. The camp ends with a live virtual discussion, and there are optional question and answer sessions available at key points throughout.

On Nov. 7, Camps and Youth Programs also adapts its Grandparents’ University to a virtual environment with planned subjects including STEM, cooking, art and creative writing. Grandparents’ University is designed for children ages 7 to 14 to learn a new skill and create a deeper connection with a grandparent. Two sessions are available, and there’s an opportunity for child-grandparent collaborators to share their final project with the rest of camp.

Day camps, four-week, eight-week and 10-week camps are available with new and engaging content every week, along with exercises and virtual interaction.

For more information on Camps and Youth Programs, go online to http://www.uwgb.edu/camps or contact Jason Mathwig, director, Education Outreach, mathwigj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2267.

Camps and Youth Programs is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

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