Camp Power

In July 2013, the DeKalb Police Department formed the Youth in Need Task Force to develop strategies to decrease youth delinquency in DeKalb. This community-based, collaborative summer program responds to identified issues of child hunger and youth crime that occur throughout our community during the summer months. The structure of Camp Power includes academic tutoring, a daily healthy lunch and afternoon snack, nutrition education, structured physical activity, mentoring, a variety of education/recreation opportunities and the development of community gardens. 2016 marked the third year for the Camp Power summer program.   For three years the program has been implemented in the University Village neighborhood and has demonstrated numerous positive outcomes to include a decrease in criminal activity, greater opportunities for the children and their families and a better relationship with the police.  In 2016, the Camp Power program was expanded to include additional activities in the Pleasant Street neighborhood.