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We Give Kids From Marginalized Communities An Outlet They Deserve

Our mission is to improve young lives by creating access to personal development opportunities, resources, and supportive adult relationships that result in a positive impact in our most marginalized communities. We believe that every student deserves to be seen, heard, and to know their inherent worth & potential.
We Believe

We invest in students, their families, schools and communities in South Los Angeles through creative retreat programs at a recreational summer camp in the Angeles National Forest along with camp programs in the community.

We offer a safe, nurturing, and enriching experience at no cost to participants, using these experiences to foster positive discourse, provide tools for reflection, and help young men and women set goals to rewrite the future of their schools and communities.

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GuideStar Platinum Charity

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HRF has earned the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits. The platinum seal means that our organization uses more donation dollars for programming than over 90% of all other registered charities in the USA.

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HRF Covid-19 Support

During these unprecedented times, the Harold Robinson Foundation is doing everything that we can to continue our efforts of helping our underserved communities prosper while practicing social distancing

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Watts, CA

We want to create an impact in LA’s most marginalized communities. Watts has notoriously suffered through substantially higher violent and property crime rates compared to other neighborhoods not only in LA but also throughout the United States. These issues were found to be a result of poor race relations and gang activity within the community. Many children in Watts are pushed into gang membership due to negative factors, barriers, and conditions in their social environment such as poverty, family problems, and lack of success in school.

All of these factors are apparent within the Watts community, and we took a special interest in coordinating with this community to help youth overcome obstacles and challenges that their peers and elders have faced in the past.
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Challenges our
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Family Factors

Our Watts community consists of hard-working families with few resources available to provide the support students need to thrive. Parents work long hours and often several jobs to provide the basic necessities for their families, creating a void during critical hours after-school and limited capacity to help with homework or issues children may be dealing with in life.

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Under-Resourced Schools

Physical and mental health, social-emotional well-being, and positive role models are undeniably linked with academic success. However, the basic fundamentals of quality primary education often don’t reach poor communities. These roadblocks include overflowing classrooms with 40 students to 1 teacher, outdated/limited supplies including books and other basic resources, police officers on campus, and little-to-no technology. These challenges hinder the students’ ability to believe in a better future or to see their own inherent potential.

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Health & Safety

Violence and oppression within many marginalized communities create enormous obstacles for the families that live within them. Cornered between economic and criminal justice systems that have built the school-to-prison pipeline, along with  the desperation of gang cultures that plague our most vulnerable communities, families struggle to create a better life for their children. Our youth often live entirely within a three-block radius with access to the safety and opportunities they deserve lying outside of their reach.

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Challenges of Adolescence

The transition into middle school can be one of the most difficult periods in a young person’s life. Everything is changing: their academic responsibilities, social lives, and bodies. In our most vulnerable communities, there can be the added stressors of negative influences such as gangs and drugs. We intentionally work with this population to support our youth through their individual journeys and help guide their goals and desires towards a positive life path.

How we create
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Camp Ubuntu

Our flagship program brings school groups of 100 students and 36 adults to the Angeles National Forest for three days - the retreat is hosted at Canyon Creek Complex, an ACA accredited site. For some of our youth and families, the retreat represents their first significant trip outside of the LA metro area. Learn More

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Camp Ubuntu Watts

Camp Ubuntu Watts gives children from the Watts community a safe, fun, and educational outlet for 6 weeks every summer right in their community. Learn More

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Pedal on the Pier

Pedal on the Pier is an outdoor physical philanthropy FUNraising event for the Watts Community. The event has over 100 teams pedaling on stationary bikes aimed at raising more than $1 million for the Watts Community. The event has consistently funded all Camp Ubuntu programming needs each year since its inception. Learn More

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Community Participation

We know that it takes a village to raise our children. Extended family, friends, and positive role models all contribute to the successful development of our young people. The work we do at HRF is successful because of the commitment our Watts community has to support each generation of youth to see their inherent value and pursue their greatest potential. Learn More

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Fundraising Events

We hold various publicly-available and private events throughout the year to bring communities together and raise funds for Camp Ubuntu. These events include ‘Pedal on the Pier,’ ‘Ubuntu in Motion,’ ‘Peace, Love & Funk,’ ‘Artists in Support of Camp Ubuntu, ’Cocktails for Camp,’ and more.>

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What We've Accomplished

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Over the past 12 years, we have worked closely with over 30 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to create a positive impact and development opportunities for more than 12,000 kids. We have expanded some of our most impactful programs for youth who want to get involved, and have exponentially increased the participation and success of our donor events.

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Impact

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"HRF puts kids in disadvantaged areas in camp programs. The kids come out of it communicating, problem-solving, and conflict resolution with other kids from other housing developments. For these kids who get selected it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s an incredible program and we thank HRF for their commitment and passion to serve our kids in Watts."

- Joe Buscaino, L.A. City Council Member 15th District
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"I just want to thank you for coming out of your way. You didn’t have to bring all of us out of the hood. Just to take us to a nice place like that. The only part I didn’t like about the camp is that people are so nice and people make you feel at home and then we had to leave. I didn’t like that at all."

- Joshua, Former Camper
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"It’s unbelievable to see a group of individuals come together to put the needs of children first. As I watch the impact of one weekend away from the stressful lives that some of my student’s lead and the positive effect on their self esteem, peer relationships, and academic achievement, all I can say is thank you for all that you do!"

- Jera Turner, Principal Barrett Elementary

"Thank you for inviting 99th Street School to camp for three days. Thank you for the nice cabins to sleep in and the warm and soft beds. When I went hiking I learned that leaves have bones like humans. Those three days were so much fun that I wanted to live there because that camp was like my new home."

- Juan, Former Camper
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Get Involved

We are actively searching for volunteers who are passionate about helping people in our community.
Please see a list of volunteer opportunities below:
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Camp Ubuntu Specialist

A Camp Ubuntu Specialist can volunteer at our Camp Retreats or any other camp event that requires their specific specialty. Examples: Yoga Instructor, Art Teacher, Skateboard Instructor, Swim Teacher, Dance Teacher, Writing Teacher, etc. See how you can be a Camp Ubuntu Specialist below.

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering with The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us: 

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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Mentorship

A Mentor Volunteer is crucial in creating personal relationships with the kids during retreats and focusing on connecting with the children themselves while the counselors lead the group throughout the retreat. Read more about being a Mentor below.

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering with The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us: 

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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Leaders in Training Program

LIT is for anyone who is still in high school and wants to give back to the community. We have roughly 60 LITs each year come to camp to volunteer as young mentors, which often results in creating valuable lifelong bonds with our campers that so many are otherwise deprived of. Find out how to be a Leader in Training below.

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering with The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us:

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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In-Kind Donations

The foundation presents a myriad of opportunities for businesses to provide in-kind donations. At Camp Ubuntu and Camp Ubuntu Watts, we supply our kids with everything they’ll need like warm coats, gloves, and scarves to swimsuits, t-shirts, and art supplies. At our fundraising events, in-kind donations are key to our success.

If you are interested in providing in-kind donations to The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us: 

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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Photographer & Videographer

At Camp Ubuntu, we aim to create meaningful experiences that camp participants can cherish forever. In order to capture that footage, we are constantly on the lookout for videographers and photographers that are able to connect with kids (and beef up their portfolio). Inquire about being a camp videographer/photographer here.

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering with The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us at: 

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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Event Volunteer

We host several fundraising events every year and are always on the lookout for volunteers to help the day of the event. Check out our list of events to see how you can help.

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering with The Harold Robinson Foundation, Please contact us at: 

via email at:

pd@haroldrobinsonfoundation.org

or

fill out our contact form by clicking below

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Our Most Popular Campfire Song!
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Curious about the funny looking characters all over our site? We’re glad you noticed! They happen to be some of the little creatures from Camp Ubuntu’s most popular campfire song, “Moose, Alpaca.”

Not all campfire songs make much sense, and this one might be the king of nonsense! A ‘repeat after me’ song, Moose Alpaca, is sung in crazy, frantic unison of moose, alpacas, and unicorns. Throw in some mustaches, ninjas, and pufferfish, and you have yourself one of our all-time favorite camp songs performed at nearly every campfire and every school visit.

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Through the Eyes of a Camper

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Virtual Mentorship Program

Creating safe spaces is one of the most important aspects of all of our Camp Ubuntu programs, and the mentorship program has been a profound addition to virtual experiences. Teenagers gather weekly with young adult mentors in a safe space to share their successes and challenges, thoughts on current events, and hope for their future.

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Community Food Distributions

Meeting the basic needs of our families has been imperative during the current crisis. Lack of access to fresh, healthy food is one of our students’ and families' ongoing challenges. HRF partnered with Sunrise Produce and Dole Foods to provide close to 340,000 lbs of restaurant-quality fresh produce, protein, and dairy with the support of community partners such as Watts Empowerment Center and Think Watts, who helped us distribute our food to thousands of families in need. We will continue our food distributions as long as necessary during this pandemic.

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Community Gardening

Through our work at the Markham Middle School garden, we bring inspiration and gardening knowledge to the community. Participants collaborate on building, preparing, and cultivating garden beds where they can watch their efforts come to life and share the produce with their families. Our community garden project promotes physical activity, exploration of nature, and the joy of developing our own healthy food sources. Most importantly, it teaches our children to be environmental stewards who care for their planet.

NOTE: During current social distance guidelines, our community garden project is being offered virtually, providing students with individual plant boxes, all necessary supplies, and a virtual engagement opportunity to work together and share the successes of growing our own food.

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Virtual Arts Programming

Creative Arts is one of the most important tools for our developing youth. Through our Camp Ubuntu 2.0 virtual program, we provided participants with “camp in a box,” including all of the supplies they need to actively participate in art workshops with our specialists and counselors to make projects like lava lamps and vision boards.

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Virtual Dance Programming

Camp Ubuntu 2.0 participants have been able to continue engagement in some of their favorite activities at weekend camp retreats. Virtual dance workshops offer attendees a fun way to see their friends and get moving to hip hop music, practice some of their favorite tik tok dances, and learn some new moves with our professionally-trained teaching artists.

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Virtual Yoga Programming

Yoga workshops at Camp Ubuntu 2.0 have proven to be an important outlet for helping our students create quiet, mindful space in their lives to practice the breathing techniques and body awareness elements that our engaging yoga teaching artists guide them through. We sometimes get the giggles and jitters while moving through poses, but that’s all part of the fun of practicing yoga together.

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Virtual Campfires

Special time with Camp Ubuntu counselors is one of the highlights for our young campers. It alleviates some of the social isolation they may be experiencing. Our counselors are mentors and positive role models who make our campers feel safe and comfortable sharing challenges they are experiencing, singing silly camp songs, and enjoying s’mores, while imagining they’re gathering together around a burning campfire out in the forest. We deliver hot chocolate and snacks to all of our campers who sign up.

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Camp Ubuntu

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Community Participation

What makes us stand apart from other camp programs is that we bring parents, teachers, and community leaders to our weekend retreats for the purpose of witnessing the emotions, experiences, and enlightenment of our students. This is critical for those closest to our students to help them bring home the skills learned as well as help the adult role models in their lives to more deeply understand the challenges and concerns our young people are facing.

The school administrators, community leaders, and partner organizations also play a critical role in our ability to access the greatest number of students and establish a holistic support system for them to reach their greatest potential.

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Fundraising Events

Artists in Support of Camp Ubuntu
We held a virtual art auction curated by art advisors Jacquie Israel (Arthouse LA) and Lisa Gelber (Venice Art Walk), and gallery owner Terrell Tilford of Band of Vices. The wide variety of work in the auction included painting, photography, mixed media, neon, and sculpture, along with some unique, art-related experiences. It also featured a special creative work by Bob Dylan.

Peace, Love & Funk
Peace, Love & Funk is an annual benefit concert. In 2020 it was hosted by Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and featured a powerful line-up of funk and R&B performers led by renowned drummer Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyoncé.) These top musicians came together for a unique jam experience to raise funds for Camp Ubuntu. There were performances by The Nth Power and Ghost -Note, along with special guests including Amanda Brown (The Voice, The Killers), Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy, Kendrick Lamar), Sylvester Onejiaka aka Sly5thAve (Prince), and musicians representing members of Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, and Justin Timberlake.

Cocktails for Camp
Cocktails for Camp is an intimate gathering hosted in a private home or event space. The design and feel is up the host but leave the programming and planning to HRF. Cocktails for Camp allows for an up-close look into the HRF mission through real-life testimonials from campers, families, educators, and community leaders.

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Our Most Popular Campfire Song

Curious about the funny looking characters all over our site? We're glad you noticed! They happen to be some of the little creatures from Camp Ubuntu's most popular campfire song, "Moose, Alpaca."

Not all campfire songs make much sense, and this one might be the king of nonsense! A 'repeat after me' song, Moose Alpaca, is sung in crazy, frantic unison of moose, alpacas, and unicorns. Throw in some mustaches, ninjas, and pufferfish, and you have yourself one of our all-time favorite camp songs performed at nearly every campfire and every school visit.

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