In order to benefit the youth who attend SBOS, the camp will use experiential-learning workshops that contribute to the campers’ sense of personal power and empowerment. This summer, for the first time in the program’s history, SBOS is incorporating an evidenced-based substance abuse prevention curriculum, Second Step, to better achieve our goal of deterring risk behaviors and substance abuse. This curriculum, Second Step, helps prevent substance abuse by reducing risk factors (peer rejection, impulsiveness, friendships with others who use substances) and increasing protective factors (social skills, school connectedness, adoption of conventional norms about substance use). Providing our campers the opportunity to safely share their experiences will encourage discussion among campers, their families, and the greater South Boston community. Also, the camp plans to implement an experiential-learning workshop entitled Media in the Community. With the active participation of community partners like the newspaper South Boston Online, Media in the Community will teach our campers six distinct skills: reporting, interviewing, communication, computer design, digital photography, and darkroom photography. After having learned those skills, each classroom will use them to report on their camp, field trips, and neighborhood experiences. This workshop culminates in the publication of a camp yearbook that will be distributed to families, friends, and community leaders, demonstrating to all that youth deserve to have a voice in South Boston.