Meet Isaac, 9th Grade


Isaac, whose name means, “he laughs,” likes to cheer people up! From the age of six Isaac has been returning to FVCA summer camp to enjoy his favorite camp activities –  canoeing and meeting new people. 

Isaac is now 14 and has joined his older siblings, Rogelio and Mercedes, in our Crossover Teen Leadership Program. This summer Crossover teens went on college and career tours, shadowed summer staff, and ran the carnival on Fridays. 

Isaac grew in leadership skills over the summer. He worked the popcorn stand at the teen vs. staff basketball game, he served others by cleaning our facilities, and he “shadowed” our Activities Staff. He really enjoyed working with the younger campers in Arts & Crafts. They got to paint nature items including rocks, trees, and leaves. They also made basketball hoops out of popsicle sticks. It was fun and cool!”

He also engaged with the campers by finding ways to comfort and cheer them up… I want the other kids to smile more by not being emotional and depressed.” Isaac has learned to trust God… “when I try to talk to a person God will put words in my mouth to say something that seems right.”

This summer was Isaac’s first serving trip with FVCA where he and the teen boys participated in the Pittsburgh Project. He was in a group of ten teenagers that repaired a homeowner’s porch and balcony and painted the kitchen sky blue. One night at Bible study, Isaac heard through the message that God says, I love you!”

Isaac is a freshman at Larkin High and is looking forward to new opportunities. “I am looking forward to PLTW (Project Lead The Way) because I want to be an architect.  PLTW will prepare me in science and engineering so that I can learn how to make model homes, robots, and prosthetics for people who have lost limbs.” 

Isaac looks forward to returning this fall for his third year in Teen Night Together (TNT). He enjoys coming and has seen growth.  He describes his experience like this… I used to be mean to my siblings. After learning about God I learned how to be more respectful to one another and never fight because it’s not the answer. I have learned how to countdown and take a deep breath or walk away from the problem. I have even learned how to share a room with my younger brother.”