Camp Staff

Power of Hope Camp is staffed by 20-25 professional artists, educators, and mentors, who are deeply committed to empowering young people.

These talented writers, musicians, visual artists, actors, dancers, naturalists, circus artists, singers, community activists, and self-care practitioners, are all skilled at connecting with young people. Over 75% of our staff attend camp on a volunteer basis. There is also a core group of teaching artists and facilitators who return to camp yearly to build new community with each year’s camp.

Power of Hope Camp is led by two or more experienced lead facilitators and a camp manager. This leadership team is responsible for guiding the group through a transformative week. Facilitators train the staff, lead group discussions, and assure that everyone has a positive experience.

Additionally, we strive to include a group of elders at each camp. The presence of elders brings added wisdom and nurturance to our programs. One of our primary goals is to build intergenerational communities, and thus, our staff ranges in age from 20 to mid-seventies!


Helena-1Power of Hope Program Director, Helena Hennighausen (, also serves as the US Director for Power of Hope’s parent organization, Partners for Youth Empowerment. Helena is the primary contact for parents, guardians, social workers, volunteers, individuals, and organizations interested in learning more about camp. She is also very happy to speak with parents and guardians about scholarships to insure that all youth who wish to participate can attend. Seeing the youth and staff come together on the first day of camp is truly a joy for Helena.


Our 2019 staff applications are now available. Please complete the online application if you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 camp. For more information about volunteering at the Power of Hope, please visit our Volunteer page.

Application deadline is April 15th.