Virtual Teen Leadership Workshop Series

For the months of February, March, April and May Camp Winnarainbow is offering a unique monthly Virtual Teen Staff Leadership (VTL) program. Our amazing, talented staff will offer Workshops, Performing Arts and Visual Arts classes as well as fun community gatherings – not like anything our Teen Leaders may be getting in their academic life. Anyone 14-17 can sign up. This is open to all teens, so please tell your friends and family. Enroll now!

Our Thinking About What We Can Offer Right Now

Camp Winnarainbow has always been about BIG FUN, building community and teaching circus and performing arts skills to practice timing, balance and keeping a sense of humor. For over 20 years our youth leadership program has provided our youth leaders with a relevant, fun, experiential and creative environment to gain and practice the skills they need in this complex world.

For 2021 we continue to push outside the box to put our good where it does the most. This is the time to think innovatively and to look at how we can be together in creative spaces, even if it’s not in person right now.

For the February Schedule of Workshops and Descriptions.

February Schedule

Let’s Go, Let’s Go, We’re Waiting for You! This will be our opening session to build community, have fun together and hear from all of you! Sat. Feb 06, 12:30-2:00pm led by long time camper and now Adult Staff member Sarai Fisher aka Cookie

Art As Activism: Tools for Working with Kids! This session will add skills to your resume! Let’s talk about art and politics. Learn from an experienced, highly talented Mentor, Lastarla, on how to use art and other skills to discuss political topics in a way that children can relate to…and so much more. Sat. Feb 13, 2pm-3:30pm led by LaStarla Barker

Camp Winnarainbow Connections: Mind/Body Wellness for Teens! These circles can be used as training toward being CWR Teen Staff. This is a monthly series of community building circles for teens. This will be a safe space to share stories and words of encouragement as well as gain skills to help you as you apply for jobs (and even CWR Teen Staff!). Sat Feb 20, 11:30am-1:00pm led by Sue and Joaquin

Financial Literacy: What I Wish Someone Had Taught Me at Your Age! Although we all have different relationships with money, I believe it is important to have a general understanding of its role in our society. From Credit Cards and Scores to Retirement Accounts to general adult bills, financial literacy is a very important part of realizing your future dreams. Sat 27, 11:30am-1:00pm led by Nino Hoder.

March Schedule

Let’s Go, Let’s Go, We’re Waiting for You! This will be our opening session to build community, have fun together and hear from all of you! Sat. March 06, 12:30-2:00pm led by long time camper and now Adult Staff member Sarai Fisher aka Cookie

Voice For The Human Being In shared communities like Camp Winnarainbow, home, or school, our individual voice is a tool to be explored and used for clear communication–of thoughts, hopes, visions, jokes, and dreams! The voice is not as simple as you may think. In this class, we will explore what it means to be human and have a voice. How can the exploration of your voice help you approach things like public speaking, important conversations, sharing ideas, and stepping up in your community? How can identifying your inner artistic voice help you find the change you want to see in the world? Things needed for class: wear comfortable clothes you can move in, paper, writing utensil, coloring tools, and ONE MEMORIZED SENTENCE — it can be as simple or complex as your heart desires, like what you ate for breakfast or what you want to be when you grow up. just one sentence. Sat. March 13, 2021 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Session Led by Erica Davis

Improv Games With Ruby This workshop will feature lessons and activities in the subjects of improv, joke structure, and comedic scene work. Those who attend will learn the basics of improv, and participate in related games and activities. Be sure to bring yourself, a functioning laptop, and a slightly above neutral disposition. Sat. March 20, 2021 Time TBA led by Ruby Setnik

Saturday, March 27 TBA!

Virtual Teen Leadership Staff
Lastarla Barker
Social Justice Art Instructor/Tipi Counselor

Star Barker (they/she) is an Oakland based illustrator and teaching artivist who loves creating art through the lens of progressive social justice politics. Themes of their work are black empowerment, intersectional/black feminism, tlgbq+ rights, democratic socialism, anti police terror, body positivity, etc. They have worked with youth for nearly a decade and teach “Art As Activism” at camp. As an artist, their priority is to create accessible art that is inclusive of underfed/marginalized communities with an emphasis on influencing creative civil unrest in children. She has a BFA in Illustration and Writing and Literature from California College of the Arts.(they/she) is an Oakland based illustrator and teaching artivist who loves creating art through the lens of progressive social justice politics. Themes of their work are black empowerment, intersectional/black feminism, tlgbq+ rights, democratic socialism, anti police terror, body positivity, etc. They have worked with youth for nearly a decade and teach “Art As Activism” at camp. As an artist, their priority is to create accessible art that is inclusive of underfed/marginalized communities with an emphasis on influencing creative civil unrest in children. She has a BFA in Illustration and Writing and Literature from California College of the Arts.

Sue Jacquez-Sanchez, LCSW
Camper Advocate

(she/hers/ella) While I am originally from Northern California, I have lived in New York for over 20 years working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am Latinx and most of my career has been in spent in community-based settings working with marginalized and underserved communities of color. I currently work as a Bilingual School Social Worker in a large Title 1 middle school in Brooklyn, and also have a private practice working with individuals around trauma, grief and loss. I am certified in multiple trauma treatments including EMDR, Complicated Grief Treatment and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In the summers my two teen children and I head to California to visit family and to spend time at one of our favorite places on earth – Camp Winnarainbow – where I work as a Camper Advocate.

Joaquin Garcia
Camper Advocate/Tipi Counselor
My name is Joaquin Garcia and I've been coming to camp for my entire life. At camp I am a Tipi councilor and camper advocate and outside of camp I am a paraprofessional for the department of education and am currently working with 1st and 2nd graders. When I am not working I am making music, watching Sports or playing video games.
Nino Hoder
Camper Advocate/Stilt Instructor
Hello folks, my name is Nino Hoder. I’m born and raised in San Francisco. I’ve been attending camp almost every summer since I was 12. At camp, I am stilt teacher and camper advocate. I am currently getting my Masters in Social Work at Humboldt State University. During my free time I enjoy being active. I am also an avid nature photographer.
Sariah "Cookie" Fisher
Camp Winnarainbow is a home away from home that played a large role in who I am today. You often here about that magic of camp and it’s so strong that it reaches out far and wide through the camp family. I started attending camp as a closed off teenager and became a confident and capable young woman. When I went to camp I felt I could be my genuine self in times where I couldn’t find that feeling anywhere else. I keep coming back because of the beauty of the community.
Erica Davis
Clowning Instructor/Tipi Counselor
Erika Michelle Davis is a recent BFA graduate of Physical Theatre, and the resident clown teacher at Camp Winnarainbow! From Atlanta, Georgia and based in Ukiah, California, Erika has studied and performed circus, clown, acrobatics, and storytelling internationally over the last five years. She dreams to keep doing this forever.
Ruby Setnik
Improv Instructor/Tipi Counselor

Ruby Setnik is an amateur cook, full-time student, and improv enthusiast. She started attending Camp Winnarainbow at the age of 9 years old, where she became well versed in the art of star lake mastery, improvisation, and aerials. Now, her improv enthusiasm translates to down right improv teaching upon entering the premises of CWR, wherever they so happen to be.