Pine Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wichita, KS
Camp Sunflower is a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth from around Kansas who are in grades 9 through 12. The camp focuses on safety, a profound sense of belonging, developing acceptance, community, and the importance of mental health wellness. They seek to expand the length their 2019 summer camp from three days to a full week. The deep sense of belonging that the youth experienced during the summer of 2018, their inaugural camp year, was the most authentic family love experience that many of them had had in their lives. Since the LGBTQ+ youth are at such high risk for self-harm and suicide, Camp Sunflower seeks to invite and resource a mental health professional, along with the counselors and directors, to watch out for any youth having problems. An LBGTQ+ Therapist would do two different workshops along with a group setting for the LGBTQ+ youth at camp. They would also do Gender Training for the Steering Committee Board.
Mission Area: At-Risk Children and Youth
Innovation Grant: US $5,000