Hello Odyssey Community,
We would like to share that with a unanimous Board vote, we are ending the Board and dissolving the non-profit organization The Piece. Thus, Camp Odyssey will not continue with this Board. As some of you know, our focus in 2016 was to attempt to stabilize and increase our funding outside of the “hamster wheel” of grants. Over the year, we worked on building possible collaborative relationships, looked at national and international grants and into public education funding and even earned income funding. Unfortunately, these avenues dried up due to our limited resource or due to the limited resource on the other end. We just want you to know we tried.
But, here is what I know in my heart - that Odyssey will always live on because it’s more than a program, but a vision of social justice that we carry as we continue to impact others. I know Odyssey will live on because in 1990, a group of community leaders from the American Leadership Forum Class III chapter, after the murder of Mulugeta Seraw, a Portland college student who was bludgeoned to death by 3 white supremacists, chose to fight with love in reaction to hate by creating an experimental youth camp called Camp Odyssey. The program was projected for only 3 years, yet ran for 12 years.
Then, it was our turn. A group of alumni Odyssey campers, bonded for over a decade by our history and vision came together to revive Camp Odyssey for the next generation from 2011-2015. All together, over 1000 lives have been forever changed in Oregon in a span of 25 years.
To our amazing emerging young leaders, we hope that our revival history and connection will allow you to know that Odyssey will be there in spirit or in the future if you ever want to bring it back - in whatever form you think best builds a better place. We have a strong Odyssey community stretching generations that with the right support can be re-activated. To the Odyssey Task Force, Advisory Council, Oregon Solutions Team, Odyssey Volunteers and larger Odyssey Community, we could not have done this without you. You have been with us along this amazing journey and what a ride. As ALF Class III member and Odyssey 1.0 Founder says, “Eyes on the prize!” The prize is us and living out our ideals.
With love and solidarity,
Alum 1990, Odyssey Founder 2.0, The Piece Board of Directors
Dear Camp Odyssey Community,
I started with Camp Odyssey about 5 years ago when i was looking for a community that advocated for the voices of youth and to make social justice the norm. I have formed numerous bonds with you all because of our fight equality. There aren't many bonds stronger than to know souls that fight for love for all. I've learned so much from you. And there aren't enough thank yous.
Camp Odyssey Board of Directors
Dearest Camp O Alumni,
I camp to know Camp Odyssey as a parent of a Camper; Jourdin Foster-Morrison. I joined the Board November 2015. I know the power and love of Camp O and will continue to share its essence wherever I go. During a telephone conversation with one of the Camp O Founders, Former Senator Avel Gordly, I was instructed to make sure that when talking about Camp O to relay the love, inclusivity, and connectivity. Carry that in your hearts as you go through life, the rewards will be immeasurable!
I wish you the absolute best,
Camp Odyssey Board of Directors
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