Amarillo camp mentors kids with incarcerated parents

Kids at the 4-day camp spend the majority of their time outdoors hiking, swimming and learning more about nature.


he Panhandle Promise Project of Amarillo is a non-profit dedicated to mentoring kids who have at least one incarcerated parent. The annual summer camp hosted a record 35 kids this year part of the 4-day summer camp.

"We have hiking, life skills, tons of arts and crafts and lots of archery," said Camp Director Melisa Martinez.

said these kids enjoy a busy schedule full of fun and learning and the camp is a great way to keep these kids minds off their home life.

"It's a project where we take kids with incarcerated family members and we try to break the cycle and give them a different outlook and reach on life," said Martinez.

The kids spend each of the 4 days simply being kids.

"A lot of times they don't want to go home and being with everybody and the fellowship and the stress-free area," said Martinez.

The relationships made at this camp don't end here. After the camp is over the kids will continue being part of the year-long mentorship program through the Promise Project.

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