West Hills | 07/22/2019-08/02/2019
de Toledo High School
22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307
07/22/2019 – 08/02/2019 (M-F, 9am – 3pm)
Supervised play available 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm for an additional charge.
Adventures in Writing Camp is excited to come to De Toledo High School this summer with all new curriculum! This location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs! Our team of credentialed teachers, musicians and college students is ready to help new campers build confidence and fall in love with writing, and help returning campers continue to develop as writers!
MEET THE TEAM
Robin Jankiewicz, Site Administrator
Robin Jankiewicz is returning for her third year of writing adventures. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul's book The Cat Really Did That? and The Miracle of Love. She's eager to watch youngsters grow into the novelists, journalists, and screenwriters they aspire to be.
BEN HERMANN, Entertainment Ranger
Ben is super excited to be back in camp! He'll be returning for another round as an Entertainment Ranger. Ben has been living in LA for a little over a year, and has spent his time Acting professionally, writing, and petting every dog that will let him.
Grant Frailich, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
"It was the best of times...at Adventures in Writing Camp!"Besides paraphrasing Charles Dicken's quotes, Grant spends his time teaching elementary students in Las Vegas, NV. He has taught both 2nd and 4th graders and takes extra joy in watching students' develop their confidence throughout the writing process. He has taught for 5 years. Throughout his teaching career, he has led multiple professional developments on everything from family engagement to technology in the classroom. On top of that, he earned a Masters Degree in education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and is working on completing his Masters' in School Administration (he hopes to become an Assistant Principal). Grant graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Management. Last, but not least, Grant has over a decade of experience working with the Swift Youth Foundation, a charity which puts on summer camp for low-income students. He has held leadership and administrative positions at camp and is excited to take what he's learned from Camp Swift and apply it to AIW. This will be his second summer working with Adventures in Writing!
Danielle Baker, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
My name is Danielle Baker. I am 24 years old, Virginia raised, California born, with a background in child care, English education and business management, and member of the International Association of Professional Writer's and Editors guild. World issues, relationships and humanities became my focus and as I developed a love for reading and writing in school, I centered my energy on attaining knowledge through self love, meditation and daily practice. I excelled academically and online with multiple websites and platforms as a poet, writer, and scholar, winning awards, participating in writings clubs all over America and my school's literary magazines with personal poetry about life and love during adolescence. I believe in the power of good deeds, volunteering and hold a deep passion for life, understanding human perspective and building self confidence as the foundation for our world's future with writing and language influences from American classics, YA, manga to contemporary American and international lit. I have been blessed to meet and work with successful authors, poet laureates and creators everywhere from music, video games, and television online and in person. I hope to build a self aware, progressive and positive community of lit lovers and future world changers.
Madison Rae Mientus, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Madison Rae Mientus is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she studied Film and Fiction Writing! Growing up, Madison struggled with reading and writing, until a similar program helped her to excel. Now, she lives and breaths for creative writing and can’t wait to share her excitement with others! Madison’s other passion is acting, and she has tackled several exciting roles such as, Anastasia in Disney’s Cinderella, and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Madison loves to sing and dance, and might just surprise the camp with a performance. Besides working in theater, Mientus has also had several editorials and short stories published in local magazines and continues to write short fiction, novels, and screenplays in her spare time.