UKANDU Corps was conceived by our Executive Director and inspired by his own experience in volunteering at UKANDU. It is in our DNA – heck, it’s in our name! – to remind people that “You Can Do!” a lot in life, no matter your challenges. While Camp UKANDU and other UKANDU programs facilitate this growth and learning in critical ways, UKANDU Corps aims to draw on the powerful experience and self-confidence that comes by serving others. When we see our efforts have a positive impact on someone else’s life and on the world around us, pride and self-worth flourish.
Launching in 2021, UKANDU Corps will bring together participants of UKANDU programming, aged 12-16 with their peers who have no experience with childhood cancer. While the success of UKANDU programs have shown that building a community of young people who share a cancer journey is tremendously important, we don’t want to stop there. We believe we can help bridge the gap between those who understand this journey and those who may be fearful of, confused by, or even jealous of these experiences. These two groups of young people will come together to identify a need in their community and work together, under the guidance of professionals and volunteers, to better the community they share.
UKANDU Corps will bring up to 24 young people together to work in two small groups to advance the initiatives they identify as meaningful and important. Up to $5,000.00 will be offered to each of the identified causes and will be supported by local businesses and other partners. If you would like to get involved with UKANDU Corps, please reach out to our Executive Director, Jason Hickox at [email protected].