CSW Arts & Athletics Program


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 to promote positive youth development. Targeting youth ages 11-14, the program aims to enhance self-awareness, confidence, emotional literacy, and interpersonal relationship skills while cultivating a resilient mindset.

The program has taken the shape of an 8-week afterschool camp, hosted on the Florida State University campus. FSU students from various disciplines participate as mentors who cultivate intentional relationships with participants and facilitate positive youth development workshops aligned with program aims.

The program also collaborates with various university and community partners to deliver an exciting experience for youth. University partners have included FSU Athletics, the Department of Sports Management, the Career Center, the Center for Leadership and Social Change, PeaceJam SouthEast, the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), University Housing, and many others. Community partners have included Capital City Youth Services, Capital City Music Therapy, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Animal Therapy, and Sarah Coakley Glass.


  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Growth

This program is directed by Dr. Shalay Jackson, Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Social Work. 2020 will mark the ninth year of the program for middle school students.

Camper Application Information:

The Arts and Athletics Program will operate on Tuesday evenings from January 21 –March 10. Program hours are 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. The camp is free of cost and includes an evening snack. 

Camper Application Packet 2020

Camp Counselor Information:

To apply to be a counselor for the 2020 CSW Arts and Athletics Camp, please apply at https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lNMb6qVzcpbG97

Applications are now open. 


Shalay Jackson, DrPH, MSW, Assistant Teaching Professor (skjackson@fsu.edu)

Camp News:

*The pilot project was made possible through the generosity of Guy and Delores SpearmanFor more information or to support this program, contact Colette Podgorski at cpodgorski@foundation.fsu.edu or donate online to the “Social Work Community Outreach Fund.”

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