Earlier this month, I went up to one of my favorite spots Camp Swift up in Prescott, Arizona! Since I was a high school student, I have volunteered my time with the Swift Youth Foundation. As a high school student, I was able to lead a cabin of 8-12 at-risk youths with other high school co-counselors. Our goal? To give the kids the time of their lives! For many of the kids, they have never left the Greater Phoenix area.
I look back at my experience with Camp Swift and the Swift Youth Foundation and see the positive impact that it had on my life. My ability to coach kids and lead groups has come from this organization.
As I've progressed in my career, I still feel it is important to support and volunteer with the Swift Youth Foundation. My girlfriend and I ventured up to spend a day with the kids. We arrived the same day that the kids came. They were greeted with loud cheers as they exited the bus. The energy that the counselors and staff bring to Camp Swift is off the charts! We were able to join in the opening skit. I was Tan Man reminding kids to wear sunscreen. We had other staff reminding the kids to drink water and wear toe-closed shoes.
If you have a high school student that is looking to get involved in the Swift Youth Foundation, please have them reach out to the Swift Youth Foundation HERE.
As some of you may know, Swift Youth Foundation is a Qualifying Charitable Organization as part of the AZ Charitable Tax Credit program (formerly known as the AZ Working Poor Tax Credit). You will receive a dollar for dollar credit off your AZ state tax return (up to $400 for individual filers, $800 for joint filers). To learn more about the tax credit and to donate, please visit www.swiftyouthfoundation.org/taxcredit