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  • “Growing up in a city neighborhood like mine was kind of hard for me, because you had to fit in. But at camp, I could totally be myself. Camp changed my life.”

  • “I built a high wall around myself so I can’t get hurt. But, here everyone was just looking to be themselves. Everyone was so relaxed... I learned I don’t need that wall. I think this camp is the best thing you can do to find yourself.”

  • “After camp, I auditioned for LaGuardia, the Fame school. I was the second one to go in. I repeated the lyrics over and over to myself from this song we learned at camp, I Sing the Body Electric, which is actually FROM Fame: ‘and in time and in time we will all be stars.’ That boosted my confidence. I looked the audience straight in the eye, and just sang with a smile. I got in.”

  • “I live in Queens. Everything here is the opposite from home. Here you can play outside without worrying about gangs. There’s things to do instead of watching TV. It’s not scary. I would like to stay here much longer...a week seems way too short.”

  • “I went to camp last summer to see the performance. When it was over I met some of them. All of the people I saw had smiles on their faces. I would like to be one of those people with a smile the size of the world.”

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Camper Letters!

These letters from our 2011 campers will lift your heart, feed your soul, and make you feel proud to be a supporter of Summer Stars.

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What is Summer Stars?

Experience it for yourself!

We invite you to experience Summer Stars and feel the impact to the campers.  Please enjoy the videos of camp!

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Camp Summer Stars: "Power...
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Camp Summer Stars 2013 Official...
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21 Donnas Closing Body Electric
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20 Aint No Mountian
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19 Bringing Back Change
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18 Call Me Maybe
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17 Make Them Hear You
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16 The Beast is my Friend
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15 Slam
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13 Higher Ground
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12 Storytellers
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14 With a Little Help from My...
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11 Man in the Mirror
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10 Home
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8 Made in America
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9 Waiting for Paint to Dry
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7 We Want the Funk
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6 Reaching for the Top
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5 Public Service Announcement
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4 Give us Hope

Latest Summer Stars News

What They’re Doing: Madelyn Reyes

More great alumni news, Madeystar Reyes (Madelyn Reyes, alumni ’03–’04 and ’06) writes:

“I am currently a graduating Senior at Long Island University, Post Campus in New York pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I am also in the process of applying to graduate schools, Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, and Long Island University and pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.

Summers Stars was an eye opener for me. My experience there was magnificent. I learned so much about who I am, and what my talents were and how to embrace and develop them. Although before attending, I had discovered that I love to sing, and dance, I did not know how much stronger I could be in both fields with coaching and guidance. Summer Stars did that for me.”

See all news in What They're Doing and stay up-to-date with the teachers and counselors at Summer Stars!

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