Camp University

Can Achieve Maximum Potential

aka C.A.M.P. University   |   McAllen, TX   |  www.campuniversity.org

Mission

C.A.M.P. University provides opportunities for adults with special needs to continue developing interests as well as life, social, and job skills so that they Can Achieve their Maximum Potential. C.A.M.P. University also provides respite and support for their families. C.A.M.P. University is a day habilitation program that is offered to High School Graduates with intellectual delays. Our work is based on the belief that special education graduates can and should continue staying active socially, mentally, and physically in order to reach their own maximum potential. Although not an actual University, C.A.M.P. does provide ways for members to challenge themselves and explore interests.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mrs. Pam Voss

Main address

PO Box 2294

McAllen, TX 78502 USA

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EIN

26-0811975

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, between 100 to 200 special education students graduate from Rio Grande Valley high schools. Many of these students will not get jobs, many more will not go to college, and so many will lose touch with their friends. There is a lack of opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley for these very special young adults. But there is hope.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

C.A.M.P. University Day Habilitation

By providing opportunities to learn and explore we allow our clients to work on necessary skills, lead active lives, and discover new interests.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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In 2007, C.A.M.P. University was founded as a non-profit day habilitation that would provide opportunities to special needs students who wanted to continue learning about the world around them, build skills in their fields of interest, stay active in Special Olympics, continue developing their life and social skills, and give back to their community by participating in philanthropic endeavors around the area. C.A.M.P. stands for Can Achieve Maximum Potential and that is exactly what the goal is for each of the young adults that participates in the program.

Every experience is an opportunity for the CAMPers to learn and to actively participate in the world around them. The mission of C.A.M.P. University is to “provide opportunities to continue developing life and social skills after high school for special needs young adults and provides a respite for their families.” For the last 7 years, C.A.M.P. has been doing just that because of people just like you.

To accommodate the schedules and budgets of each client, we offer three program options: two days, three days, and five days per week. Activities and lessons include arts and crafts, science, history, zumba, math, theatre, gardening, reading and writing, skills training, and more. CAMPers also gain knowledge and experience through various outings and field trips. Starting in January 2019 C.A.M.P. University also began offering Music Therapy and Speech Therapy. Our dedicated staff are always innovating and creating ways to help CAMPers reach their goals.

All staff hold bachelor’s degrees in various fields including education, rehabilitative services, and theatre. All staff have previous experience working with special needs individuals. The ratio of clients to staff is 6:1.

Volunteers and interns are comprised of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s rehabilitative services students and South Texas College’s occupational therapy assistant students.

Therapy sessions are conducted by therapists from RGV Music Therapy and Beyond Expectations Speech Therapy.

We have seen young people with limited or no vocal capabilities learn to not only have conversations but initiate them. Shy CAMPers learn to be more outgoing. Students who have enrolled having had behavioral issues in school have become relaxed and learn to cope with every day stresses that lead to melt downs. CAMPers get to experience the world in ways they never dreamed possible. We have been helping families from all over the Rio Grande Valley for over 10 years and have operated as a stepping stone for hundreds of students. We never graduate or age out clients. They are welcome to use our services as long as they find them beneficial.

Our long-term goal is to provide a residential program to our community. But for now our goal is to continue growing our services and continue growing the number of participants.

Financials

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Operations

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Camp University

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ford Sasser

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/17/2021

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