At the age of 16, Alicia Skovera, a native New Yorker, went to camp in New Hampshire, and for the first time in her life, saw a sky full of stars; an experience that would shape the course of the rest of her life.
Alicia serves as the Fresh Air Fund’s Director of Camping & Year-Round Programs, serving as an extraordinary leader, overseeing all five camp programs and all year-round student/camper engagement programs at The Fund. Alicia ensures that the camps are exceptional summer programs that not only guaranteeing the safety and well-being of 3,000 children every summer, but also enriching the lives of the young people participating.
Alicia joined the Fresh Air Fund in 2007, as a director of the Camp Anita Bliss Coler (Camp ABC) – a summer camp program for girls aged 9 to 12. Recognizing that the girls graduating from the program were eager to stay involved, Alicia quickly grew the program to include 13, 14, and 15 year olds and then redesigned the program, creating a women’s leadership model for the 14-16 year olds. At the same time, Alicia created a Young Women’s Giving Circle, training teen girls in community development. Each year, the women identify a set of themes critical to their communities and young people and raise funds to grant to an organization leading the work in the NYC community. In 2015, the Young Women’s Giving Circle received the Young Philanthropists of the Year Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Alicia’s support of her young people does not end in the summer, but segues into the year-round programs, including the College Connections Program, which provide college prep and access opportunities for hundreds of children each year.
Alicia is highly regarding in the tri-state area’s camping community, and Alicia’s creativity and consummate compassion and commitment to the children has earned her the American Camp Association’s Thelma Hurwitz Leadership Award.
Alicia has worked with underserved youth for over 25 years. Prior to the Fresh Air Fund, Alicia provided counseling and consulting services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, as a director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City. She serves as President of the Board of the New York State Camp Directors Association, on the board of the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey, and on the board of the Peggy Lillis Foundation. She received her bachelors degree from Brooklyn College and master’s degree from the School of Social Work at Hunter College.