POH Camp | Online 2020


What do we do in the face of great adversity? We Evolve. Just like the butterfly when it emerges from its cocoon. That’s metamorphosis!

Join us for Power of Hope Camp on-line so we can connect from our cocoons. We’ll share how we’re doing, our successes and challenges, and give and receive support. We’ll dream and scheme about the world we want, and we’ll explore ways to use our creativity to make that world happen.

Of course, Power of Hope Camp on-line will be different than in person, but we are certain that the Power of Hope magic will reach right through Zoom. And good news, instead of one week, the camp will take place once a week for seven weeks so you’ll be part of an extended community of support throughout the summer.

Mari Shibuya and Anders Johnson will be your lead facilitators. Joining us as zillas are the fabulous Miik Wells, Tony Johnson, and Lucia Misch. And who knows what other zillas might jump in.

Together we will:

  • Participate in lots of fun creative workshops
  • Give and get the support we need “family group” discussions
  • Learn ways to deal with stress and stay healthy
  • Learn ways to improve our friendships and relationships
  • Connect with the natural world—wherever we are
  • And most important: find ways to work together to create an equitable, socially just world that is fair for all. 

Will you join us?

  • DATES: July 15 through August 12
  • DAYS: Every Wednesday for 7 weeks
  • FORMAT: 2 1/2 hours online in large and small groups
  • TIMES: noon-2:30pm (Pacific Time)
  • LOCATION: a private and secure online Zoom room.
  • PARTICIPANTS: 14-19 year olds that have previously attended POH camp
  • REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: A computer or device that has video, speakers, and a microphone (see ‘Technical Requirements’ below).
  • MATERIALS: POH will provide any required art materials, if needed.
  • USING ZOOM: See the ‘Zoom Tips’ below.
  • COST: $250, with a sliding scale for all


  • Page 1 of the registration form is for the youth to complete
  • Page 2 and 3 requires a guardian.
  • Youth age 18 and over can register on their own.

Technical Requirements

In order to participate, you will need to have the following:

  • A device – A laptop or desktop computer is preferred over a Smartphone or tablet.
  • Zoom app – Install the Zoom Client on your device:
  • Webcam, speakers, and microphone – Make sure that your camera, speaker and microphone are working properly on Zoom.
  • WiFi – When possible, connect to the internet with a physical cable connection, not just Wi-Fi. This will give you much greater speed and service.


Mari Shibuya, Camp Lead

Mari is committed to creative empowerment, specifically, with young people. Mari works with the creative empowerment model in their work as a lead facilitator with Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) and their work as the Youth Development Leader for Urban Artworks. In addition to creative empowerment work, Mari also works as a graphic facilitator and recorder with Culture Shift focusing on climate resilience. When not empowering young people through the arts or facilitating, Mari can be found painting walls around the city or in their studio.

Anders Johnson, Camp Lead

Anders is an international soul with a passion for connecting with community. After volunteering with a youth educational reinforcement program in Guatemala, he remembered his love for people and especially youth. He studied Global Environment and Health at the University of Michigan and is committed to healing communities by traditional and non-traditional means as a path to greater global healing for humans and nature alike. Anders has been captivated since his introduction to PYE, participating in various trainings and Power of Hope so that he may utilize the wisdom in urban agriculture and community programming in Detroit. Anders spends much of his time gardening, cooking (pizza), and researching homesteading practices.

Miik Wells, Zilla Tony Johnson, Zilla Lucia Misch, Zilla

Zoom Tips for the Best Interactive Camp Experience

  • Lighting. Too much light behind you and you appear to be only a dark figure. To counteract back lighting, make sure you have a good source of light in front of you and behind the camera that you are using with your computer. 
  • Headset. A headset will greatly reduce the chance for feedback and improve your voice quality. Headsets that connect via USB are the best choice.
  • Location. Wind and background noise makes your device’s microphone adjust and your voice may sound muffled. Also, don’t have anything behind you that may be distracting to those who are on the other side.
  • Close Other Applications. This will maximize processing power of your device to improve the quality of your Zoom session.