“It’s a fun program!” - Angel Flores
“Step-it-Up joins the community together!” - Cassie Palomura
“Step-it-Up Camp has helped me to open up to new people!” - Emily Flores
“I see it as giving back.” - Sidney Serna
“Step-it-up camp is a great community and a great way to meet new people and learn new things.” - Kwajalein Newton
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