"I loved getting to work on community service projects with different people each day. People think teenagers aren't motivated to change the community, but look at us - look what we have accomplished!" ~ Sonya, Hartford
“Heads Up! Hartford really changed my life. I am friends with people I never would have met." ~ Alex, Glastonbury
At Heads Up! Hartford, teens from a variety of geographic, economic, and racial backgrounds collaborate to serve the community during the day and engage with each other during a variety of educational and leisure activities at night. We believe that promoting diversity helps us all to grow, learn, and become better contributors to our society.
Studies show that to create positive, sustainable change in our complex world, we need collaborative leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and teamwork. Developing leadership skills at Heads Up! Hartford happens naturally through the program. Each camper is given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential which builds self-esteem and confidence. We encourage all youth to take an active role in supporting the leadership development of their fellow campers during camp week. And we enable returning campers to take collective leadership roles in planning for and running the camp.
Evening programming is focused on social-emotional education. Campers engage in a variety of interactive programs designed to enable them to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Giving back to the communities in and around Hartford, Connecticut is an essential mission of Heads Up! Hartford, and each summer our campers collectively perform nearly 3,000 hours of service at nonprofits in and around Hartford. We believe that encouraging community service at a young age fosters ongoing community engagement as an adult and enables thriving communities.
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