Swift Youth Foundation is proud to announce we have be chosen to be the beneficiary for the 2018 DancIN'spiration show presented by the local dance company: DanceMotion. DanceMotion not only teaches dance, but also inspires young dancers to give back and share their talents with the community. Swift is lucky to have Sophi Moyer, a DanceMotion dancer, as a member of our Team Swift teen leadership program. Sophi nominated Swift to benefit from the event and has been instrumental in connecting DanceMotion and Swift. Below, please read a letter from Sophi describing the event and why she decided to nominate Swift to be the beneficiary.
May 24 - Support Staff Orientation
May 25 - Counselor Orientation
May 26-May 30 - Camp Swift Session 1 2018
July 30 - Support Staff Orientation
July 31 - Counselor Orientation
August 1-August 5 - Camp Swift Session 2 2018
Other Dates to Know
Pre-Camp Orientation - all counselors are required to attend one of the following dates:
May 6th: 1pm-4pm
May 12th: 9am-12pm
*Both pre-camp orientations are held at 17835 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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In honor of National Bosses Day, we sat down with Kaylie and asked the important questions...
Grilled Cheese Gazette (GCG): First things first, have you ever found the teriyaki tree?
Kaylie (K): I’ve found many phantom Teriyaki Trees, but am still on the quest to find the real Teriyaki Tree.
GCG: How did your #SwiftStory begin?
K: My #SwiftStory began when I was 15 years old and volunteered at my first session of Camp Swift. I was immediately hooked, and I haven’t missed a session of Camp Swift since!
GCG: What’s your favorite Camp Swift tradition?
K: My favorite Camp Swift tradition is the flashlight pass we do in cabins on the last night of each session of camp. Campers and counselors sit in a circle and reflect on their time at Camp Swift – they talk about the activities they especially enjoyed and relationships they’re especially grateful to have built. The flashlight pass is an intimate and beautiful culmination to a session filled with new experiences, new friendships, and new opportunities and dreams for the future.
GCG: What’s your most impactful #MissionMoment?
K: My favorite #MissionMoment was the first time I got to see one of my previous campers as a counselor. With the introduction of our Club Swift program in 2010, former campers were – for the first time – able to return to Camp Swift as counselors. Club Swift provides former campers who are now in high school with leadership development training that prepares them to provide the same impactful experiences that they benefited from when they were kids. Getting to experience seeing my former camper now inspiring campers of her own was a true full-circle feeling of happiness and pride in knowing that what we do at Swift truly does make a lifelong impact.
GCG: What’s your favorite part of working for Swift?
K: Besides getting to see first-hand the life changing mentorship experiences we provide, I love that I get to talk to people all day about the organization that truly inspired me to get involved in nonprofit work in the first place! Plus, I get to bring my dog to work, so that’s pretty cool too.
GCG: Would you rather eat grilled cheese for lunch every day until you are 108 or only wear clothes from the Krazy Keppies store?
K: While both of those options sound pretty darn good, I’d say Grilled Cheese because 1. I can’t get enough grilled cheese! and 2. If eating grilled cheese every day is the secret to living to 108 I’ll take it!
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