UT Dallas hosts 21st annual camp for homeless children

Nearly 1,300 children in Dallas are homeless, according to data from the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.
Nearly 1,300 children in Dallas are homeless, according to data from the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. | File photo

The University of Texas Dallas is hosting Kids University for the 21st time this summer, allowing homeless children to have a fun summer camp experience and learn exciting new skills.

“We have an obligation to make contributions to the community. We invest a little bit each summer and, hopefully, it really will change some lives,” George Fair, a proponent of the UT Dallas’ participation in the camp since its inception in 1995, said.

Nearly 1,300 children in Dallas are homeless, according to data from the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Kids University allows some of those children to learn about engineering, computer science, geology, math and nutrition and learn about the importance of education.

“Drug use and domestic violence is very common in this population — even without them being at a domestic violence shelter. A lot of these kids don’t have fathers involved in their lives, so they don’t have that male role model,” Rainbow Days’ Family Connection Program Director Kelly Wierzbinski, whose organization runs the camp, said. “During the year and at this camp, we provide the kids with the tools and skills they need to overcome adversity and build their resiliency, so they can stay drug-free, stay in school and make healthy choices. We try to inspire and prepare children to live a life filled with hope and promise.”

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