In partnership with Title-1 schools and other organizations serving children experiencing hardship, Festivals are CCC’s largest programs and designed to be fun, loud, and exciting environments that promote community building. Of all of CCC’s programs, these programs are most likely to include the entire family, allowing parents and kids to enjoy activities together that they would not normally be able to experience.
Each activity is facilitated by a teen volunteer, creating a dynamic that creates opportunities for meaningful interactions between teens and participants. Teens engage kids in conversation or join them in some of the activities. Additionally, some teens are asked to run a station on their own, managing activities like LEGO-building, running a station like the popcorn machine, or helping make sure everyone takes off their shoes before entering one of the inflatables.
Festivals typically include bounce houses, carnival games, photo booth, DJ and dance floor, as well as other arts and crafts, STEAM projects, and sports opportunities. Common to all of CCC’s programs, participants also receive meals, books, and Smile Bags containing personal care items.