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Tracy Wilson Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program’s Annual Camp Makes the Most of Summer for Young Girls and Women

MIAMI, FL --The Honey Shine Mentoring Program, founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning, celebrated the first week of Camp Honey Shine last week as 120 girls gathered at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove for the annual summer day camp.  Camp Honey Shine, sponsored in part by Carnival Cruise Lines as well as Carrollton School, entered its fifth year this summer and continues to offer young girls and women (a.k.a. Honey Bugs) from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program the opportunity to participate in educational experiences and activities that further enrich their lives with and continue to broaden their horizons throughout the summer.

This years Camp Honey Shine schedule includes: a visit from the Colgate Van; “City Year” field day; mixing it up with DJ Skool of Rhythm City Productions; field trips to the Fruit & Spice Park, the new Publix Super Markets Apron Cooking School, and the Biscayne Nature Center;  building project and interview skills session sponsored by Home Depot; daily workshops on self esteem provided by Barry CROP (Barry Universitys College Reach-Out Program); swimming lessons courtesy of Swim Kids; singing lessons with Grammy winning Miami-based soul and R&B singer Betty Wright and gospel singer Maryel Epps; and much more including arts and crafts, dance, fitness, reading, yoga and meditation, and the popular annual talent show and awards ceremony.

During the first week of summer camp each camper received a hip and cool backpack complements of Yak Pak and art supplies were fully stocked thanks to Mount Sinai Hospital who held a camp supply drive to collect supplies needed for the various arts and crafts projects.  Thanks to Fare to Remember, who is providing breakfast, lunch and a snack each day, the girls are fully charged to take on each day of camp.

“Camp Honey Shine gives us a chance to work with the girls on a full-time daily basis for four straight weeks, which means we have an increase in breakthroughs and a greater impact on their experience and learning process,” said Mourning who welcomed the girls on the first day of camp.  “This is an opportunity for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program to provide a safe environment for our girls to develop their own voices by exposing them to people, resources, and messages that are life changing.”

New to Camp Honey Shine for 2010 is the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program where Honey Bugs entering grades 10 through 12 can enhance their leadership and communication skills. There are 16 CIT’s this year alongside three counselors who are recent grads of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. CIT’s are an extension of the Honey Shine Counselor Staff and will learn to implement team-building and conflict resolution skills throughout the duration of camp.  Already during their first week of camp the CIT’s went on a community service field trip to Feeding South Florida where they assisted in sorting school supplies for Title 1 school teachers so that they can start their year of correctly.

Camp Honey Shine helps girls to build on social, physical and thinking skills, values, and a positive identity that continue to allow them to be empowered to shine as women. For more information on the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and/or to request a membership or donation kit, please contact 305/476-0095 or visit www.HoneyShine.org.

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