Founded in 2008, The UNITE Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to youth development. Though we are headquartered in Washington, DC our inspiration comes from across the Atlantic Ocean in the small West African nation of Togo. Each year, Volunteers with Peace Corps/Togo and Togolese non-profits work together to organize a youth development program unlike any other operating in Togo today: Camp UNITE.
Created in 2001, Camp UNITE is an educational summer camp that equips young Togolese with the life skills they need to overcome the challenges of growing-up in a developing nation. Many young people in Togo lack essential knowledge about health, gender equity, and the importance of education. Others are facing the difficulties of adolescence familiar to young people around the world. Camp UNITE has created a curriculum designed to give campers essential facts about health, wellness and education, but also the teamwork, communication, and leadership skills needed to put their knowledge into practice.
Four of the Volunteers responsible for organizing Camp UNITE 2007 were so inspired by the stories of the campers they served that upon their return to the United States, they decided to establish an organization that could serve as a source of support for this essential program. Working in partnership with our generous donors, The UNITE Foundation raises funds for an annual "Life Skills" grant to Camp UNITE. The funds we provide ensure the transformative experience of Camp UNITE remains available each summer to a new group of promising young West Africans.
Theory of Change
The UNITE Foundation seeks to empower the next generation of leaders in West African development.
Driven by our commitment to youth development, we provide financial support to Camp UNITE, which equips West African youth with the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy, productive lives.
We believe in the transformative power of the youth summer camp experience.
We believe in each young person's ability to make a positive contribution to the world.
We believe education is the most powerful tool a young person can have.