In 2004, the organization began its peer-to-peer speakers’ bureau known as SPEAK OUT. This program was developed out of the desires of the Camp Kindle’s participants to share their stories with the general public, especially other young people in hopes to reduce stigma and raise awareness. Today SPEAK OUT reaches thousands of students both in the United States and Internationally.
The Students Affected by AIDS Scholarship Fund was created to support young people impacted by HIV or AIDS who wanted to attend post high school education. The scholarship helps to cover books and tuition.
The “i know” Initiative completed its first phase in 2008 with the completion of the `i know’ book and DVD. The book is a compellation of Camp Kindle participants’ stories, photos, and drawings. The DVD focuses on one camper’s story as he tells it during a week of camp. This free resource is made available to health educators and students around the world.
Today, the organization provides two week-long summer camping programs, semi-annual mini camping sessions, year round support, holiday and birthday recognition, scholarships, HIV/AIDS awareness/education, and mentorship. The AIDS epidemic has affected the lives of more than one million people within the United States. There are over 40,000 new infections every year, half of which occur in people 25 years old and younger (CDC, 2007). Also, according to current statistics, two young people are infected with HIV/AIDS every hour. Eva Payne founded the organization because of the many needs associated with HIV/AIDS infection. Eva now oversees all programming for the organization and serves as the Executive Director. She works closely with employees, a committed volunteer staff, Board of Directors, and a Parent Advisory Board to provide programs that meet the ever-growing needs of those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. All of the programs that Project Kindle offers are cost free to the participants.