Darrin Benjumea knows from personal experience the kind of impact summer camp can have on a child.
Benjumea, from Long Valley, N.J., is a camp counselor who wants to help Camp Southern Ground, a camp in Georgia that aims to help children overcome academic and emotional challenges.
“I feel that summer camps offer a great experience for children, helping alleviate several anxieties that kids might have,” he said. “I personally believe in supporting programs for the youth — particularly typically marginalized youth, such as those from diverse abilities and backgrounds — because I feel that having a space where they can freely express themselves without the scrutiny or pressures of their own societies is integral in the youth development.”
Benjumea is a chemistry major on the biochemistry track and a French minor.
As co-director for Relay for Life at UNC, he oversees the program’s yearlong fundraiser that raises money for the American Cancer Society.