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Adult Mentors Needed for Summer Youth Retreat

Jun 28, 2014 07:41AM

One Common Unity (OCU), a local nonprofit known for its work with the youth in District of Columbia public high schools, is pleased to invite adults to its Fly By Light Youth Mentorship Retreat. From August 10 to 14, OCU, in coordination with National Parks Service (NPS), will be taking 40 youth to Catoctin Mountain National Park, for five days and nights of empowerment, education and fun.

Adult volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in daily yoga sessions, taught by some of the District’s premier yoga instructors, Faith Hunter, Brittanie DeChino and HawaH. There will be nightly community bonfires and drum circles, hikes through the mountains and workshops on self-discovery, creative expression, health and wellness, conflict resolution and personal growth, in addition to engaging with the youth from District of Columbia public schools.

The Fly By Light program connects students with their community, while engaging them in social-emotional learning through art, music and health and wellness programs. This amazing opportunity will allow adult volunteers to act as mentors, role-models and be identified as a first line of support for the youth while they undergo this incredible journey. For both the students and their adult mentors, this is a great way to get out of the city and enjoy nature. Volunteers will be giving back to the community, by assisting District youth on this epic journey.

The cost for adult volunteers is $375 and includes all meals, yoga classes and lodging. Catoctin Mountain National Park is located in Thurmont, Maryland (a 1.5 hour drive from District of Columbia). 

For more information, or to register as an adult volunteer, visit


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