At Camp Fire Columbia, we have countless ways of helping students along their educational path. For high schoolers, our program staff work directly with students in a class called Thrive – a for-credit elective that focuses on careers. Camp Fire Site Coordinators work as mentors, providing much-needed resources for the students to graduate on time and be better prepared for potential education and career options. Students get the academic support and encouragement they need to find their “sparks” – passions that will guide their growth, ranging from creative writing to working with youth.
As part of Thrive, students take field trips to local colleges to tour the campus and hear directly from students who go there. Often times these youth are the first in their families to attend college, and overcome substantial obstacles to consider this a reality.
Camp Fire staff know firsthand how the Thrive class impacts young students’ realities. Colin Reis, Site Coordinator at David Douglas High School, recently took his students on a tour of three local colleges. While at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), the Camp Fire youth went on a 45-minute tour of the campus led by a current MHCC student, and also toured an inspiring museum of student-created artwork. Now at least three of Colin’s students are either already enrolled for the fall, or planning on enrolling to take classes at MHCC.