USFSP summer camp teaches kids about trust, communication [Tampa Bay Times]


SMART Leadership Camp Director Harris Ambush talks with campers and counselors about finding a "happy place" in their mind Monday June 18, 2018, at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. City Council members approved a $35,000 grant to a team at USFSP who are piloting a program that will help kids deal with "adverse childhood experiences." JIM DAMASKE | Times

ST. PETERSBURG — A dozen kids sit in a circle with their eyes closed and their hands resting gently on their folded legs.

Slowly, they begin to chant together.

"Peace begins within me."

With each word, their thumbs touch a different finger. Over and over, they repeat the phrase, tapping out each word.

The simple exercise is one small way the rising fifth-graders at SMART Leadership Camp at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are learning 

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