For more than 30 years, Building Bridges Camp has been a place where young people learn that they can make a powerful change in the world. Over three days, students speak hard but honest truths to each other, critically look at their families, schools and communities, and begin practicing ways to transform our nation’s deepest problems. Many students who have attended Building Bridges Camp have come back as volunteers to give back to a community that has impacted their lives significantly.
Tatyahna Costello is one of these volunteers, first coming to Building Bridges Camp in 2016. Tatyahna now serves as a Youth Mentor for hundreds of youth. This is her story:
“I first came to Building Bridges Camp as a senior, and found a place. It is unlike anything I had ever experienced. The volunteers and the whole program made me feel heard for the first time. Besides the actual program, the volunteers really saw something in me that I had not seen in myself – they believed in me more than anyone else had. I left the camp on fire, alive, and beyond ready to join as a volunteer. Since being a part of Camp as a volunteer and a camper, it has become significantly easier to start those difficult conversations and encourage others to talk, too. While I am in school at Azusa Pacific University as a Social Worker major, I am still finding what I want to do. But I do know though that I love this work and being a volunteer at Building Bridges Camp!”
Because of people like Tatyahna and many more like her, Building Bridges Camp continues to inspire youth and adults alike. Join us in passing on the power of Building Bridges Camp to the next generation!
To learn more about how you can start volunteering, check out our volunteer page.