Camp Harbor View Alumni: Ivan

“Camp helped me open up and find different ways to express myself, and who it is I’m supposed to be.”

“Every camper is a flower,” says Ivan, “ And it ’ s our job to water each and every one.” Ivan has come a long way from the shy 13 year old who arrived at camp. Once uncertain and timid, he is now the camp staffer who dreams of writing music and walks along the water’s edge listening to music. Music is his passion, and he’s studying audio engineering at the New England Institute of Art. But it wasn’t easy in the beginning. He didn’t like being around other people and lacked the confidence to do the things he dreamed of. As he puts it, “I didn’t think I had enough in me to actually do what I wanted to do.” Ivan was faced with tragedy when he lost loved ones to violence, and he fervently believes that without camp, his life would have taken a very different turn. “I love camp and want to say it’s a huge percentage of why I am who I am and why I do what I do and [the way] I act. Every single part about me came from here.” Today, Ivan wears a blue shirt as a dedicated staff member and is determined to repay all that camp has given to him. He relishes encouraging young campers, inspiring them to try new things, to push their own boundaries and to express themselves in new and profound ways. He says with pride, “As soon as I put the blue shirt on, I have to do everything that those blue shirts did for me—maybe a little bit more. I want to uplift [the campers] to the highest degree.”

Ivan 

“Camp helped me open up and find different ways to express myself, and who it is I’m supposed to be.”
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Mariana

“Camp made everything possible. Without camp, I don’t know where I would be. It’s that simple.”
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Ayjah & Brianna 

“…Camp gave us scholarships so that we were able to further our education, so we could grow,”
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Alejandro 

“I never would have gotten better without camp. There’s no way I can thank them enough.”
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Malika & Mike Williams 

“I don’t have to hold his hand anymore…He’s made his own way,”
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Jamal Grant 

“…what makes Camp Harbor View unique is how it has transformed the lives of myself and others,”
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