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 Winter Family Camp is a unique time for families to come together away from the stresses and isolation associated with HIV/AIDS, and just have fun! 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.
Teen Adventure Camp
Camp Laurel’s Teen Adventure Camp is an urban education program designed to expose youth ages 13-17 to new experiences, which widen their horizons and expand their worldview. Based in Los Angeles on a university campus (introducing the youth to higher education), youth travel daily to various workshops, introducing them to potential career opportunities. Additionally there is a component of guidance and support, where teens have an opportunity to talk openly with social workers about the struggles of living with HIV/AIDS and the daily challenges they face. 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.
Coffee With Ari (CWA)
The Laurel Foundation holds bi – monthly support groups for parents in an informal setting, a “coffee house”! Gathering in a private room to enjoy coffee and sweets, parents discuss anything that is on our minds with our licensed social worker. Hosted by Ari Ruiz our Community Outreach Coordinator, this support group works to bring parents together to discuss pressing issues they are dealing with their kids and home life. Contact our Community Outreach Associate – Ari Ruiz for more information.