Kidz2leaders®, Inc. and Camp Hope®
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
For most of us, the words found In Jeremiah are easy for us to accept. We are strong believers in God and have been taught about His boundless love, but for others these words are foreign. They live in a world that shows them otherwise. They may not know about the unconditional love of God. Kidz2leaders, Inc. exists to help change the lives of prisoners’ children and to break the vicious cycle of incarceration. We help them rise above their circumstances, teach them to become leaders and provide a life of hope through Christian programming and a fun environment. Kidz2leaders runs several year-round programs for these youth, including Camp Hope.
Started in 2000 with 13 campers, Camp Hope is a six-day overnight camp that gives prisoners’ children a week filled with love, activities and fellowship. In 2013 Camp Hope served 175 children of prisoners and more than 400 children have been reached since the organization’s beginning.
Camp Hope will occur May 24-30 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA.
How can you get involved?
Camp Hope could not exist without volunteer counselors! We are seeking students ages 14 to 18, college students and adults age 25 and over to serve as Counselors. Camp Hope needs volunteers who love the Lord and are willing to step out in faith for a week of fun and fellowship with the goal of changing the lives of children! This is a great family mission opportunity. See Melanie Kleekamp or go to www.kidz2leaders.org for applications.
If you are not in a position to serve an entire week of camp, kidz2leaders has other opportunities to serve. We are seeking volunteer drivers to transport high school students to their internships this summer. You can donate one day, one week or three weeks – we are flexible! Or if you are looking for a once-a-week place to get involved, be an office volunteer. We are just across Johnson Ferry Road in Cobb County at Mt. Bethel UMC. Come Make A Difference in the lives of prisoners’ children!
–Melanie Kleekamp and Nancy Jakaitis