COMMITMENT STATEMENT

Board Approved August 2017 & November 2019

Camp Manito-wish YMCA strives to create an inclusive environment by upholding human dignity, valuing diversity, and acknowledging unique experiences.

The commitment statement is the DEI committees guiding principal along with the mission and vison.

Why Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Important to Camp?

Simply stating the words of the commitment statement is not enough.  It is important to Camp that we are intentionally creating spaces for all Manito-wishers to feel like they belong at Camp and can bring their authentic selves to their experience and community. The board of directors of Camp Manito-wish and our entire staff team are committed to creating an environment that provides an opportunity for everyone to find success at Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

There are many forms of diversity. Some of which are shown on the Diversity Wheel .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does Equity mean to Camp Manito-wish?

Equity is about meeting our participants where they are in order to allow everyone to have the opportunity to find success at Camp. It is not an attempt to create the same experience for everyone, as everyone is unique. Just like we wouldn’t give the tallest camper the smallest paddle – we would give them the size that is best for them so they have an equitable chance to have their own Manito-wish Experience.

Our journey is ever evolving. The DEI Staff Committee, formed in 2018, was designed to help Camp continue to improve. This committee does this by evaluating current policies, practices, procedures and programs to work towards creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all.  Currently the DEI committee is comprised of 5-6 full time staff and 2-4 seasonal staff members who serve 2-year terms

Board of Directors – DEI Committee

The Board of Directors formed a DEI Committee, November of 2021, whose general purpose is to assist in carrying out the Board’s responsibilities with respect to facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes developing key policies, procedures, and programs to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, establishing success metrics, developing current best practices, providing progress reports and addressing any other key opportunities or challenges with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Camp has engagedNiambi Jaha-Echols, of Cross Cultural Agility, LLC as a consultant to provide an external audit and assist in creating internal audit procedures. Together, the team of, Niambi, the DEI Staff Committee, and CEO have created the Cross-Cultural Intelligence Assessment tool (CCIA). Using the CCIA, Niambi has completed interviews with board members, emeritus board members, year round staff members, leadership partners, seasonal staff, camper parents, and alumni.  Looking ahead Camp will continue to work with Cross Cultural Agility, LLC to complete the following: Review marketing materials, business policies, and procedures for potential obstacles, barriers, and/or blind spots to our commitment to equity and inclusion. Conduct a site visit to Camp this summer. Review comprehensive report and recommendations from the assessment to help inform Camp’s next steps on our continual journey to create an environment where all can have the opportunity to grow and thrive.

DEI Committee Goals

Goal 1. Further Infuse DEI Best Practices into Staff & Camper Recruitment and Outreach

Goal 2.  Review of Boulder Lake Property for Incorporation of DEI Best Practices

Goal 3.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into Camp Program Preparation, Planning, and Execution       

Goal 4.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into our Development & Financial Operations

Goal 5.  Organizationally Meet or Exceed DEI Best Practices

For recent updates regarding this work, please reference the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pages highlighted in each of the Trippers beginning in Fall of 2020.

Education/Resources

At Manito-wish, we believe that we are stronger when we are inclusive and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive and belong. Camp Manito-wish YMCA is committed to continuing to learn and educate ourselves along our journey to ensure we are utilizing best practices so that the Manito-wish experience is one that is without unconscious barriers. Below you will find resources that you may find helpful on your own journey.

 

Testimonials

She came home and started doing chores without being asked at all! She said, ‘Well we had detail at camp so I think I should help at home without asking to.  
S. G.

Testimonials

She came home and started doing chores without being asked at all! She said, ‘Well we had detail at camp so I think I should help at home without asking to.  
S. G.

COMMITMENT STATEMENT

Board Approved August 2017 & November 2019

Camp Manito-wish YMCA strives to create an inclusive environment by upholding human dignity, valuing diversity, and acknowledging unique experiences.

The commitment statement is the DEI committees guiding principal along with the mission and vison.

Why Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Important to Camp?

Simply stating the words of the commitment statement is not enough.  It is important to Camp that we are intentionally creating spaces for all Manito-wishers to feel like they belong at Camp and can bring their authentic selves to their experience and community. The board of directors of Camp Manito-wish and our entire staff team are committed to creating an environment that provides an opportunity for everyone to find success at Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

There are many forms of diversity. Some of which are shown on the Diversity Wheel .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does Equity mean to Camp Manito-wish?

Equity is about meeting our participants where they are in order to allow everyone to have the opportunity to find success at Camp. It is not an attempt to create the same experience for everyone, as everyone is unique. Just like we wouldn’t give the tallest camper the smallest paddle – we would give them the size that is best for them so they have an equitable chance to have their own Manito-wish Experience.

Our journey is ever evolving. The DEI Staff Committee, formed in 2018, was designed to help Camp continue to improve. This committee does this by evaluating current policies, practices, procedures and programs to work towards creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all.  Currently the DEI committee is comprised of 5-6 full time staff and 2-4 seasonal staff members who serve 2-year terms

Board of Directors – DEI Committee

The Board of Directors formed a DEI Committee, November of 2021, whose general purpose is to assist in carrying out the Board’s responsibilities with respect to facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes developing key policies, procedures, and programs to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, establishing success metrics, developing current best practices, providing progress reports and addressing any other key opportunities or challenges with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Camp has engagedNiambi Jaha-Echols, of Cross Cultural Agility, LLC as a consultant to provide an external audit and assist in creating internal audit procedures. Together, the team of, Niambi, the DEI Staff Committee, and CEO have created the Cross-Cultural Intelligence Assessment tool (CCIA). Using the CCIA, Niambi has completed interviews with board members, emeritus board members, year round staff members, leadership partners, seasonal staff, camper parents, and alumni.  Looking ahead Camp will continue to work with Cross Cultural Agility, LLC to complete the following: Review marketing materials, business policies, and procedures for potential obstacles, barriers, and/or blind spots to our commitment to equity and inclusion. Conduct a site visit to Camp this summer. Review comprehensive report and recommendations from the assessment to help inform Camp’s next steps on our continual journey to create an environment where all can have the opportunity to grow and thrive.

DEI Committee Goals

Goal 1. Further Infuse DEI Best Practices into Staff & Camper Recruitment and Outreach

Goal 2.  Review of Boulder Lake Property for Incorporation of DEI Best Practices

Goal 3.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into Camp Program Preparation, Planning, and Execution       

Goal 4.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into our Development & Financial Operations

Goal 5.  Organizationally Meet or Exceed DEI Best Practices

For recent updates regarding this work, please reference the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pages highlighted in each of the Trippers beginning in Fall of 2020.

Education/Resources

At Manito-wish, we believe that we are stronger when we are inclusive and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive and belong. Camp Manito-wish YMCA is committed to continuing to learn and educate ourselves along our journey to ensure we are utilizing best practices so that the Manito-wish experience is one that is without unconscious barriers. Below you will find resources that you may find helpful on your own journey.