Avon, Colo., May 14, 2020 — The Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 today announced adjustments to its summer plans. Education activity will continue for the most part, with some exceptions as well as modifications.
“We understand that this is a time where it is difficult to plan ahead,” said Sarah Johnson, Senior Vice President of Education & the Arts for the Vail Valley Foundation. “We are ready to adapt and help out our families and students in every way we can.”
The organization has also rescheduled its annual fundraiser, the Star Dancing Gala, for September 2020.
Below is a program-by-program look at summer expectations for the organization.
Magic Bus: The Magic Bus will restart operations in accordance with Eagle County Public Health Orders and when approved by state licensing. The Magic Bus will follow best practices for social distancing, sanitation and adhere to all licensing protocols. Currently, one of the Magic Buses is being utilized by Colorado Mountain Medical to support COVID-19 antibody testing.
COPA Soccer: Potential dates: July 6 – Aug. 9, pending social distancing requirements. The Steadman Clinic COPA Soccer program inspires and enriches communities by providing games to support positive youth development and community building opportunities for children ages 8-17. Coaches have developed creative, fun, and unique approaches to the game to ensure social distancing protocols are followed if and when Eagle County Public Health Orders allow for contact sports, like soccer, to resume.
HER Film Camp: Postponed until Fall 2020. The HER Film Camp is a girl-specific film school designed for middle and high-school girls to interpret their view of the world into short film format.
Adventure Camps: Adventure Camps are canceled for 2020.
Celebrate the Beat All Stars and Pop Hop Camp: Expected dates June 1-June 30. These two camps will be combined into one fun and exciting, virtual dance camp. The camps will start with a zoom meeting for warm-ups at 10 a.m., then kids run through independent practice during the day, and meet again at 3 p.m. for a daily wrap up. During the week, groups can jump into live classes if their schedules permit. Organizers are hoping to bring celebrity dancers into the sessions.
PwrHrs Summer Camps, Elementary and Middle Schools: Plans depend on the availability of Eagle County Public School buildings and bussing per Eagle County’s Public Health Order. Current planning includes options to offer school-based camp with smaller groups at each school building and/or neighborhood-based youth activations in “pop-up” style locations in neighborhoods throughout the valley revolving around social-emotional support through outdoor enrichment activities, utilizing a drop-in format. All programming will adhere to social distancing protocols.
Highschool Hyperdrive: This program is canceled. Outgoing 8th graders are welcome to join the Middle School PwrHrs Summer Camp.
Camp College: Online-only support will allow students to connect with their independent guide to gain insights on the steps to take in preparation of applying for college, internships and apprenticeships.
Very Young Composers: The in-person program is canceled for Summer 2020. Virtual offerings are being explored.
COVID-19 Youth Response Project: High Five Access Media and YouthPower365 are partnering with local high schoolers to share their youth perspectives and experiences related to COVID-19. Within an artistic or journalistic medium of their choice, students will tell their stories individually and as a group that will result in a final product to be shared online, through social media, and other platforms. As part of the project, students will receive expert technical assistance, mentoring, training, and peer critique and feedback. In addition to community-wide exposure, student work will be judged by a professional committee for prizes.
The Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 provides afterschool and summer programming in early childhood (PwrUp), to K-12 (PwrHrs), and college and career-readiness (PwrOn) throughout Eagle County, Colorado, so that young people are working with familiar faces every step of the way along their journey. YouthPower365 has a mission to provide year-round extended learning opportunities that empower and educate the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle to career, with a vision to serve, “Every Child, Every Day.”
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley and showcase our community to a global audience through arts, athletics and education.
Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are in part made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC, and TIAA Bank.