Popular summer camp expanding, UE ChangeLab getting involved
Black Lemonade is back and bigger than ever for 2022.
For 2022, the Black Lemonade summer camp will move to the University of Evansville campus and add high school age students. The teenagers will attend the camp in the morning, with instruction designed by the Community Race Project ChangeLab at UE. Then, in the afternoon, they’ll gain practical experience working at jobs with collaborating businesses and organizations.
Black Lemonade founder Kaymi Butler says they plan to double the size of the camp for 2022 to 140 students. She says K-8 students will attend what they call the “Super Hero Boot Camp”. Butler says based on the 2021 camp, one of the items they will be adding is working with the younger kids on etiquette and other life lessons.
Butler, who is in her second year of law school in Nashville, says it’s important for the students to learn from someone who looks like them.
“There was a viral post on social media that said, “Can you name your first black teacher?” Butler says, “ I realized that at the age of twenty six, I have never had a black educator.”
Funding for the UE ChangeLab working with Black Lemonade in 2022 came from a grant from the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region.