“Last summer I attended Youth Leadership Camp. . . At first, I was highly anxious to go, but going changed everything for me in terms of personal growth and confidence”
— Precious Schwartz
Summer programs for deaf youth can provide a break from daily routines or an opportunity to participate in recreational activities, but also provide support as they prepare for life after high school.
Whether they are day camps focused on coding, virtual programs in the arts, or overnight outdoor adventures, research shows that summer programs can have a significant positive impact on the lives of deaf youth.
Summer programs are important for:
Strengthening social, academic, and employment skills.
Connecting with deaf peers and role models.
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SUMMER CAMP RESOURCES
Resources to Use in Summer Camps
Are you looking for activities and resources to use in your summer camp? Take a look at what NDC has to offer!
Deafverse: A choose-your-own-adventure online game created just for deaf teenagers, where they can learn important skills for success in high school and beyond. Players get to make their own choices, stand up for themselves, and build confidence and skills they can use in real life.
Choose Your Future Activity Kit: Help deaf students set goals and continue to build self-determination skills through the summer. The activity kit is designed for high school students ready to start the next stage in their lives, but can work for anyone who is making a big change. The worksheet encourages self-determination development with questions about themselves, their identities, their interests, their strengths, and what they want to achieve in their lives.
#DeafSuccess media resources: Showcase role models for deaf youth and promote better understanding of the experiences of deaf people. We welcome you to use with campers and/or link to your websites or social media accounts:
These self-paced courses are available in NDC’s online learning library and provide evidence-based and deaf-centered insights, real-world examples, and measurable objectives to create, launch, and evaluate a successful summer camp or program to help deaf youth achieve educational and employment success after high school.
This short course provides basic knowledge and tools necessary to communicate effectively with deaf individuals, especially in professional settings. This course contains two modules. The first module describes the spectrum of deaf identity and answers common questions about deaf people. The second module provides participants with basic tools to communicate effectively with deaf people.
This self-paced online course is uses evidence-based research, real-world examples, and useful resources to support professionals, community members, transition counselors, interpreters, and anyone interested in learning about creating a mentoring program.
Research shows deaf youth who participate in mentorship programs develop greater confidence, self-worth, and deaf identity, which can in turn build self-esteem. This self-paced course is designed for professionals, community members, transition counselors, interpreters, and anyone interested in learning about creating a mentoring program.
NDC facilitates a working group of summer camp directors and state agency leads who have a common goal of developing summer programs to support deaf youth. This group meets quarterly and shares resources and ideas throughout the year. Interested in joining? Email Jen Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org.