Camp4All takes homeless families to beautiful LA beaches for surfing, recharging & play!

submission by The Children's Lifesaving Foundation
Camp4All takes homeless families to beautiful LA beaches for surfing, recharging & play!

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The Children's Lifesaving Foundation

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Children's Lifesaving Foundation (The CLF) helps transform the LA's homeless and at-risk youth and families.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The CLF's Camp4All Program takes homeless families out of their shelter environment in LA to the natural beauty of LA's beaches-teaching them to surf, allowing them to rest and recharge- and hang out with their families in a beautiful SoCal environment. Camp4All shows that LA loves to play in the most innovative, fun way possible.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

LA residents from cunty homeless shelters

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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Take an additional 500 homeless "campers" through our Camp4All Program

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation’s Camp4All Summer Enrichment Program for homeless and at-risk youth will provide over 550 homeless, shelter-bound and at-risk children, teens and their parents from the L.A. county the unique experience of retreating to the beautiful beaches of Southern California-and learning to surf! Camp4All addresses the great need of homeless and at-risk children and teens and families living in LA-county-based shelters and transitional housing facilities to truly enjoy the feeling of being a child again- spending summer days at beautiful Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA, and experiencing a sense of relief, genuine emotional refreshment and feeling of renewed possibility- a truly invigorating and renewed sense of hope for the future. Families are also invited to attend- allowing for a truly incredible bonding experience, a “staycation” right in their own backyards! PLAY, in essence, is utilized as a means of connecting with their very best selves. This program was our very first program, and holds very special significance to us, as our three other program platforms grew out of the needs our original at-risk and homeless campers and initial homeless families through Camp4All. We have amazing Surf instructors who can actually get participants to stand up on the surfboard by the end of the day, have a great picnic lunch on the beach, and thoroughly enjoy the playground that is their own backyard in LA. In addition, we will have two overnight camps for the families and teens in our Vita Network- (which are families we have moved from homeless shelters and/or helped transform their lives through financial aid and domestic assistance.) Camp4All helps make LA the best place to play by showing its most at-risk citizens that ALL of LA is available to them- and can help change their lives in the process.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


In the pas, we have evaluated this program both in-house and through the different participating agencies themselves. Metrics will include: Increase in self confidence, overcoming fear of the ocean/water, likelihood of returning with their family for a day outing and probability of picking up surfing again after the participants leave Camp4All.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):


Helping with fundraising events specific to this program

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