Camp Catanese 2018

Camp Catanese 2018

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From Jason Catanese

Camp Catanese is a week-long STEAM and college access summer camp providing hope to underserved high school students! Hundreds of students will be able to access college in a fun and engaging way with your help!

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The heart of Phoenix has some of the most hard-working, endearing, and intelligent students.  For many of our students, opportunities are severely limited by their zip code. Despite obstacles, a coalition of young professionals, community leaders, parents, Isaac School District students, and college students from across the country have come together to execute an ambitious project — Camp Catanese. Camp Catanese is a one-week science, math, and college preparatory camp held at Arizona State University, where high school students receive information on how to access college in a fun and engaging setting.  In 2016, our first year of camp, Camp Catanese served 150 campers.  In 2017, we had 240 campers and saw our first cohort of seniors go off to college.  In 2018, we are anticipating 320 campers.  Already, over 90% of the class of 2018 has already received admission to college!

Every one of Camp Catanese’s nearly 400 campers left more confident in their ability to attend college.  For many campers, college has been only a dream because of systemic barriers.  At the Camp Catanese Foundation, we envision a future in which opportunity and equality abound, in which income, race, and zip codes aren’t factors that predetermine life trajectory and that students receive an excellent education that will empower them in a country where socioeconomic mobility is attainable and not merely an antiquated ideal.  For this to be possible, we need your help.  Any donation, small or big, will help impact the lives of the campers we have come to know as our family.  We are asking for your support in our efforts.

We see our Camp and Foundation as a pivotal means to help all students endeavoring to attend college.  90% of the students that attend Camp will be first-generation college students.  Many of our campers have never set foot on a college campus.  Our model is unique because we have students living on a college campus, hearing from college admissions professionals about applying for scholarships, learning advanced math and science, and having fun together as a community.  

We are already gearing up for Camp Catanese 2018.  We are humbly asking that you join our efforts by donating.  Through your donation, we are able to cover the cost of housing, food, educational supplies, and programming.   Your donation will also provide scholarships for our students to attend Camp Catanese and even give scholarships for students to attend high school or college.  Our first cohort of seniors has already received admissions letters to colleges of their choice!  This opportunity is truly life-changing for our students, as they will have the knowledge, confidence, belief, and means to make attending college a reality!

Your belief in our students, and your generosity to allow our camping program to come to fruition is something that we are incredibly thankful for.  Thank you for believing in all students and their ability to attain an excellent education.

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