The Epicenter had the amazing opportunity to co-host an exciting, stellar and interactive Summer Scholars camp with CSUMB’s Guardian Scholars program and Monterey County Office of Education. In June, a group of 13 foster students between the ages of 14-18 were given the real college experience. They lived in the dorms on CSUMB’s campus for a week. Each day was jam-packed with activities, classes, and outings. Each student was able to attend a Social Psychology class with Professor Sinha, an art class instructed by Professor Dio Mendoza, and a Creative Writing class led by Professor Schaut. They learned about mindfulness, team building, and goal setting! The students were also able to take a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy a bonfire on the beach and brave through an intense rope course. One of the highlights of their week was The Second Annual Foster Youth Education Summit where they heard the inspirational story of resilience and redemption from Keynote Speaker, former foster youth, author and internet sensation Derek ‘The Rapping Dad’ Clark. He inspired the audience – adults and youth alike – to never limit their lives…and never give up! Students then went on to share their ideas and opportunities for growth to leaders in Child Welfare, Probation, Courts, Future Teachers & Social Workers, CASAs, Caregivers, other Foster Youth, Mental Health professionals, CBOs, and Education staff. Summer Scholars was a success and everyone involved had a blast; check out the recap video to see for yourself!