The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter has announced that there are limited spaces available for their upcoming free overnight spring camp program. The Jelsema Journey camp is a program for at-risk Monroe County youth, ages 10-17, offered March 20-27 at the Melvin M. Jelsema Center in Tavernier.

 “We’re happy to make this special experience available at no cost to qualifying youth,” said camp director, Alana Corradi. Daily outings like rollerblading and bowling are partially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Recreation, life skills and educational programming are made possible with funding from the Ocean Reef Community Foundation. All other costs, including free transportation to and from the Lower and Middle Keys, are covered by the Helen’s Hope Foundation along with county, state and federal grants.

Youth at risk of making bad decisions, or who would benefit from a supervised, structured environment are invited to apply for the free camp. For more information, contact Alana at (305) 906.2060 or Erin at (305) 916.1427.