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Amanda Smith

Program Director, Community-Based Programs for Children with Disabilities
Camp Director, Autism Summer Respite

Attending day camp and travel camp for nearly 10 years allowed Amanda to learn how amazing camp can be and to look forward to new adventures and new relationships each summer. She learned teamwork and responsibility, gained independence and made lifelong memories. As a teenager, Amanda became a counselor at the same day camp she attended as a child and was able to mentor young children while forming new bonds and new memories in a different capacity. She loved working with the children and seeing the impact she was making each day kept her motivated and engaged. Children loved coming to camp each day and Amanda strived seeing the progress and successes they were all having. Watching a child’s self-esteem grow as he/she made a new friend or learned a new skill or sport was undeniably rewarding. She knew that she wanted to continue working with people and making an impact in her professional career. After earning her Bachelor degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, Amanda went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and continued to work as a camp counselor over the summer, this time for children with special needs. Her love for camp and her experience continued to grow. Currently, you can find Amanda year-round as the Program Director of Community Based Services for Children with Disabilities at the Samuel Field Y. During the summer, Amanda is proud to be the director of Autism Summer Respite and Summer Project Child. These programs gives children with special needs a unique opportunity to enjoy summer camp, make new friends, learn new skills, and grow and succeed. Amanda has always loved camp, loved learning and making new bonds and memories and she is excited to continue doing so with the children and staff of Autism Summer Respite and Summer Project Child!

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