Charity of the week
Caldera (calderaarts.org) was founded in 1996 to offer free art programming and nature retreats to at-risk youth in Oregon. Caldera begins working with students in 6th grade, staying with them for seven years, into early adulthood. Over the school year, middle schoolers participate in weekly onsite arts mentorship classes and learn a variety of skills, such as photography, creative writing, and filmmaking, taught by professionals. In the summertime, Caldera hosts 150 kids at an art camp on the shores of Oregon’s Blue Lake in the Cascade mountain range. Caldera also has a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service that lets Caldera high school students apply for paid internships. In addition, the organization offers alumni career advice, résumé workshops, and college scholarships.
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