The Kinston Youth Enrichment Project is sponsoring Camp Promise 2012, “Science, Self-Esteem and Service,” a summer enrichment program for students in grades 6-8 from July 16-31, 2012. The free enrichment camp will meet daily from 9 a.m. to noon on the campus of Rochelle Middle School, which is located at 301 N. Rochelle Blvd. in Kinston, N.C.

Kinston Youth Enrichment Project recently received $2,500  funding from the NASA Summer of Innovation mini-grant program to offer NASA-themed, science enrichment activities for camp participants.  The session will include lessons such as “Learning the Wright Way to Fly,” and “Robotics Hands Down,” an introduction to Robotics.

Other camp sessions include:  “Take 5 and Read,” a literacy program with free book distributions from the Bluford Series and Artemis Fowl series for middle school readers; Introduction to Photography with Peter Eversoll; SETCLAE activities (Self-Esteem through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence); 4-H Project Alert presented by Lenoir County Center for Cooperative Extension; Zumba sessions with Takeema Blackwell Parson; and  Childhood Obesity and Home Health presentations by the UNC Institute for the Environment.  Students also will design and implement a community service project.

K’Von Williams, a 2011 Camp Promise participant said the camp offered an opportunity to have fun while learning.  “I feel as if we do things that other camps don’t do,” K’Von said. “I have learned about my culture.  I have made new friends.  I have been fed great meals each day.  I have also been awarded with prizes for my good behavior and character.  This experience is something that I can use to help me become a successful person in life.”

Students attending the camp also will be able to participate in the Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Lenoir County Public Schools.  Breakfast and lunch will be available to students daily in the school cafeteria.

The Kinston Youth Enrichment is a program of Young Women of Promise, which was founded in 2001 by Kinston native Theresa Williams.  “Camp Promise is designed to provide academic enrichment for our students during the summer when opportunities for academic stimulation are limited,” Williams said.

The camp is free, but pre-registration is required before Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  For more information, contact Theresa Williams at 252-378-8918. Applications can be requested by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or downloaded from the calendar page at