Layla and Javon Wallace - August 2017

lassen camping trip

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Youth Education program serves children ages 1-18. We offer a safe and welcoming environment for youth that encourages learning, respect for others and a sense of community. One component of Youth Education is the Afterschool Academy which provides youth with academic assistance, enrichment clubs, cutting edge technology and community outings.

Siblings Layla and Javon Wallace first heard about Afterschool Academy while participating in a Let’s Move! club and were excited to sign up. Over the summer, they had the opportunity to participate in activities like STEM, art, gardening and go on their first ever camping trip. Along with other Afterschool Academy campers, they went on an exciting camping trip to Lassen National Park where they experienced for the first time staying in cabins, campfires and hiking.

Layla, who is eleven years old, was a bit unsure about the long hike to the waterfall but she was determined to make it. “She wanted to reach the finish line,” says Aurelia Garcia, Youth Education Manager. “She was so excited when she reached the waterfall and got to go swimming. It was such a rewarding experience seeing her so joyful.”

Normally a quiet and reserved young man, Layla’s older brother Javon slowly warmed up to everyone during the camping trip. “As the days went on, Javon began to become more lively and talkative. By the time we were heading back, Javon couldn’t stop talking in the car about all the adventures he’d been on,” says Aurelia.

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