Bates CDC and YouthBuild Host Virtual and In-person Smoketown Youth Summer Camp

LOUISVILLE, KY — Bates Community Development Corporation (CDC) Kingdom Academy has partnered with YouthBuild to kick off Smoketown Youth Summer Camp (virtual and in-person) for grades 1st through 8th from June 22 through July 31 at the YouthBuild campus, 800 S. Preston St. The camp features academic enrichment, weekly STEAM art and science kits, and online instruction. Admission is free.

To minimize health risks during the week, students also use Chromebooks to access classwork and engage in virtual meetings with their instructors. The camp takes campers on virtual field trips including Bernheim Forest, Muhammad Ali Museum, Speed Art Museum, and other exciting destinations.

“We are thrilled to join forces with YouthBuild to give our Kingdom Academy students more opportunities to expand their worldview,” said Bates CDC’s Executive Director, Nachand Hyde Trabue. “Our students are learning essential skills in math, arts, science, history, and wellness that will help them to make a successful transition into the fall school year.”  

YouthBuild President and CEO, Lynn Rippy couldn’t agree more. “Our partnership with Bates CDC opens up more ways we can get involved in our community and help children to learn and grow in a safe environment here on our campus,” she said. “It’s fulfilling to see our campers’ smiling faces and ‘aha’ moments throughout the learning process.” 

For more information about the Smoketown Youth Summer Camp, please call Executive Director, Nachand Hyde Trabue at Bates CDC, (502) 636-0573.

About Bates Community Development Corporation (Bates CDC)

The Bates Community Development Corporation (Bates CDC) provides programs and services essential for continued social, economic, and community prosperity in Louisville’s historic Smoketown neighborhood. Bates CDC’s mission is to promote the whole family, combat community blight and deterioration, and contribute to community advancement. For more information, please visit

About YouthBuild Louisville

YouthBuild Louisville is an education, job training, and leadership program that provides low-income young adults ages 18-24 opportunities to realize their potential as active community leaders and an educated workforce for Louisville. Its mission is to champion young adults to be great citizens who build productive lives, families, and sustainable communities. For more information, please visit

Smoketown Summer Youth Camp

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