The Central Area Youth Association (CAYA) has been serving the Seattle area for more than 50 years. In 1964, CAYA was formed by community leader O.L. "Mitch" Mitchell and former Washington Governor Booth Gardner with the mission of improving the lives of youth, their families, and the community. The organization provides education, recreation, and social development activities for children between the ages of 9 and 18.  This past summer, Vulcan Real Estate sponsored a leadership camp with CAYA. We had the chance to chat with Joe Staton and Chettie from the organization about this year’s successful camp! Read on below:

Q: How many campers attended this year’s Summer Leadership Camp?
A:  We had over 35 kids at our 2016 Summer Leadership Camp. The children, as they do every year, thoroughly enjoyed the camp.  Every year we have many children who return from the previous year. We had two sessions of five weeks, Mon - Fri, hours 7:30 - 5:30 pm. 

Q: What was Vulcan Real Estate’s role in this year’s summer camp?
A:  Vulcan played a key role in our Summer Leadership Camp, and sponsored many of the children who could not afford to come to the camp at all, by providing us with a generous donation and contribution to our camp, one of the largest we have received in quite some time.  We are forever grateful, and we have some upcoming surprises for Vulcan also to show our appreciation. That contribution enabled us to have more resources and allowed our staff to do more activities and field trips, AND the most important role any individual or company can have, is when they have made a contribution to the lives of children, especially those that are underprivileged.  It will resonate in their lives forever.   We had a visitor from Vulcan come down to the camp to meet the kids, and it was important that they could see that we are honoring our commitment to our kids and community with their contribution. With that we can and will continue our camp's success, going on 7 years now!  We thank Vulcan for making this year’s summer camp another very successful year, lucky number 7! 

: What activities did campers participate in this year?
A:  We had a workshop lead by a local, long-time police officer; which covered safety and respect for one another, educational activities (i.e. spelling and creative writing contests, math and history classes, and etiquette classes for girls), and local field trips.