Local camp keeps kids off of street - WNEM TV 5

Local camp keeps kids off of street

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local organization is doing everything it can to keep kids out of trouble this summer and they think they have the perfect recipe for success.

Latoya Roby spends her Wednesdays with kids from her neighborhood volunteering at a summer youth camp in Saginaw. She is also the mom of a 7-year-old, who attends occasionally. Roby said the camp has really helped her son, who has autism, to interact with others.

"First he was very into himself. He wasn't engaging with any children and now he engages more with children. He just has a great time," Roby said.

Mission in the City, Roby's camp, is on a mission to keep kids occupied and off the streets while school's out.

"It's a safe place for kids to go in the summertime," Roby said.

This is the fourth year for the camp, and Chirila Hamilton, camp director, said it continues to grow each year.

"We have a lot volunteers. The parents are what make it happen," Hamilton said.

The kids are not just participating in physical activities, they are also learning life lessons in a classroom setting. 

Jaylen Vinson, 16, has participated in the camp the past three years. He said he keeps coming back because it keeps him out trouble.

"I would either be looking for a job or at home being lazy," Vinson said.

Roby believes what the kids learn at the camp they can use in life.

"It helps them when they get older to make positive choices in life," Roby said.

The camp is open to kids ages 6 to 18 and runs every week through Aug. 21.

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