The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Partners with Arizona Nonprofit one•n•ten for LGBTQ Youth Camp OUTdoors!.
Ninth annual event enriches the lives of LGBTQ Youth through workshops, guidance and supportive activities
─ On the heels of receiving a $500,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation last fall, one•n•ten today announced The Foundation has generously provided an additional $50,000 to support its ninth annual Camp OUTdoors! program. The nonprofit organization serves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and its Northern Arizona summer camp provides an opportunity for more than 150 campers to increase self-esteem, develop leadership skills and build a strong sense of self and community, all at no cost to local participants. Out-of-state campers pay a small tuition to cover travel, food and lodging. The camp will run during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 through 5, and applications are being accepted until June 15.
“Renee and I believe that everyone, especially at-risk youth, deserves a safe place where they can be encouraged and supported for who they are,” said entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons.
Camp OUTdoors! activities vary and evolve each year ranging from educational workshops on topics like LGBTQ History and Non-Violent Communication, to typical summer camp fun with horseback riding and zip-lining.
“It is especially important that LGBTQ youth are given the opportunity to explore and conquer the specific issues they face in their day-to-day lives,” added Renee Parsons, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “Camp OUTDoors! is providing a fun and supportive environment for these young people to grow and gain confidence.”
“Through their generous donation, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is making it possible for LGBTQ youth to have a place where they can have fun and be themselves,” said Linda Elliott, executive director at one•n•ten. “We’re grateful for their continued support and look forward to making this year’s camp another success to celebrate.”
To volunteer, make a donation or apply to Camp OUTdoors! please visit www.outdoorsgaycamp.com.
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti. tbrpf.org.
one•n•ten is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and assisting LGBTQ youth. They provide youth from ages 14 to 24 with tools to improve self-esteem and acceptance of who they are by providing access to social and service programs that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. Through weekly discussion groups, safe and supportive youth centers, housing programs, special events and partnerships with national LGBTQ organizations, one•n•ten is building a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead.