Welcome to Eye Love You
Our Journey Began during the Summer of 2015...when our team began to take action towards the lack of integrative, positive opportunities for south side Chicago youth. The absence of community centers and removal of art programs from many Chicago Public Schools, have restricted the holistic health of our students. In an effort to provide Chicago's urban youth with the proper tools, knowledge and experiences, Kamal Bilal and a group of 20 local teens organize Eye Love You SUmmer Camp.
Starting with 40 kids, Eye love you hosted a free week-long program emphasizing a spectrum of integrative learning and fun. Campers learned to express themselves through a variety of mediums like sports, painting, and dance. We offered campers the opportunity to learn financial literacy, multicultural history, self empowerment, and food nutrition. Guests and local talent inspired them to draw,take photos, design clothes, write poetry, produce music and more! Lunches were supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables to reinforce healthy living. Eye Love You campers printed, dyed, and designed 2 of their own shirts using tie dye and fabric paint. Lastly, campers were prepared for the coming school year with provided school supplies and a positive mentality. (To see our 2015 see below)
In the Summer of 2017, we are excited to launch an even larger endeavor! This will be a 4-week program with over 50 youth from the South side of chicago. This year campers will have weekly field trips and guest speakers. This year we will also be hiring 30 community members, helping the local economy, and providing a living wage to the high potential teenagers of the South Shore community. We will also be hosting family nights every friday of the camp, where friends and relatives of our students can come and enjoy meals, learn and sign up for bank accounts, as well as take cooking classes.