Built on the College of Social Work’s commitment to community service, the CSW Arts & Athletics program is an initiative created by Dean Emeritus Nick Mazza designed to combine arts and athletics as vehicles to introduce youth aged 11 - 14 to the university environment and encourage them to pursue higher education. The program aims to enhance leadership development, grow confidence in academic achievement, socialization, and other life skills for local youth, including those with limited social and economic opportunity.
The program has taken the shape of a week-long camp, hosted on the Florida State campus. The camp works with various partners on campus such as University Athletics, the Career Center, the Center for Leadership and Social Change, PeaceJam SouthEast, the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), the Art Therapy program, University Housing, and others, to fully expose youth to the scope of what a higher education environment offers.
A service-learning component involves FSU students from various disciplines participating as mentors, while also gaining additional leadership and community service experience. This program is directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Schelbe in the College of Social Work. 2017 will mark the sixth annual camp for middle school students.
Camper Application Information:
The 2017 Arts and Athletics Camp will be held June 5th - June 9th.
Applications for campers will open in late March. Stay tuned for more information!
Camp Counselor Information:
Applications are closed for the 2017 year. Keep an eye out in Fall of 2017 to apply to be a counselor for the 2018 CSW Arts and Athletics Camp.
Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (email@example.com)
Nicole Jones, M.S., Event Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Radio clip (MP3): “FSU CSW offers sneak peak to university life“ (July 2013)
- Young students get sneak peak at university life (July 2013)
*The pilot project was made possible through the generosity of Guy and Delores Spearman. For more information or to support this program, contact Colette Podgorski at email@example.com or donate online to the “Social Work Community Outreach Fund.”