Since 1992, The Laurel Foundation has provided year round educational and support programs to children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Through our Camp Laurel resident programs, mentorship programs, life enhancement workshops, online video support groups, collaborations with other AIDS organizations and various year round support programs, The Laurel Foundation is a powerful antidote to the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS and empowers each participant to overcome the adversities they face living with the disease.
Camp Laurel’s Summer Camp is a weeklong camp for children ages 6-17. Summer Camp focuses on environmental education and recreational programming while catering to the fragile physical and mental health of children and youth living with HIV/AIDS. The program works to increase each child’s self-esteem and empowers them through the development of important life skills needed to build independent, successful and healthy lives. Daily, campers experience exciting activities such as high ropes, low ropes, archery, swimming, canoeing and so much more! Fill out an Application English / Spanish
Camp Laurel’s Family Camp program offers a unique opportunity for families to come together away from the stresses and isolation associated with HIV/AIDS. Based on the belief that families play an essential role in the emotional, physical and social development of children, this program focuses on strengthening the family unit, while creating an environment that helps to foster peer support groups. Here our families are free to experience all that camps have to offer in a safe and supportive environment. Contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz for more information.
The Laurel Foundation holds day events and day camp programs throughout the year in order to reunite the children and youth with their support systems formed through The Laurel Foundation’s various programs. Day events in the past have included: movie premiers, baseball games, soccer camps, holiday parties, family beach days, etc. Contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz for more information.
C.I.T. Leadership Retreat
The Laurel Foundation’s Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) Leadership Retreat is a weekend camp program for at-risk youth (aged 15-17), focused on preparing participants with the tools needed to be successful leaders in their community. The C.I.T. program works to develop life skills necessary to enter the adult world, such as perseverance, critical thinking, communication, creativity, confidence, emotional intelligence, and teamwork. Through the carefully designed program, the youth learn the importance of each skill, inspiring them to be leaders. Contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz for more information.
LEAF Mentorship Program
The LEAF 4.0 Mentorship Program is a high-impact, four-month program designed to empower children ages 10-17. Adolescence is a crucial time when youth begin to make consequential, life-framing decisions regarding, education, career, relationships, health and lifestyle; these decisions are compounded by issues facing “at-risk” youth such as drug use, academic apathy, etc. LEAF 4.0 guides youth as they develop the cognitive abilities to face the myriad of choices that are before them and helps them establish and reach both their short-term and long-term goals. Contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz for more information.
The Laurel Foundation reaches out to its community partners to develop collaborative programs serving children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Ongoing collaborative partnerships include Christie’s Place, the UCSD Maternal Child Clinic, and LAC-USC Maternal Child Clinic who help us connect with HIV+ families in San Diego and Los Angeles County. For more information on partnering with The Laurel Foundation, contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz .