Impact and Programs
In 2018, One Heartland welcomed 525 youth – more than ever before – by increasing our capacity with an added camp session. With exclusive government funding, we started an art and music therapy program. These group activities, led by licensed therapists, help youth channel difficult emotions in a positive and constructive way. We also expanded our animal therapy program with additional animals including donkeys and ponies. We installed three new playground spaces at our camp facility. Through an organized solicitation effort, we received thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind food donations from local and national companies, reducing our operating costs for the summer. We formed new funding partnerships with Target Corporate’s Pride+ Business Council and the Tegan and Sara Foundation to support our fastest growing program, Camp True Colors for LGBTQ+ youth.
One Heartland hopes to welcome at least 540 youth over 8 sessions of camp between June 15 – August 18, 2019. This year we have added a third session of Camp True Colors, dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth ages 7-13 (a previously unserved age group for this program). We will provide activities for outdoor recreation, education, and healing during all sessions. We will once again offer the art and music therapy program. We expect that most youth will report that they found belonging, made friends, and tried new outdoor activities while at camp.
Community or Constituency Served
Youth ages 7-20 who are experiencing housing instability, learning to achieve a healthy lifestyle, are impacted by HIV/AIDS or identify as LGBTQ+
Geographic Area Served
Primarily the Twin Cities metro area. We also serve youth in the upper Midwest and a small fraction from areas outside of the upper Midwest.