UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Patricia Hillkirk, a 1982 graduate in the individual and family studies program at Penn State, and founder/director of Camp Dreamcatcher, will give a presentation, titled "Catching a Dream: My Journey Helping HIV/AIDS-Impacted Youth," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. The talk, which is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society, will be held in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus. It is free and open to the public.
Hillkirk has worked with at-risk youth for more than 30 years. She spent many years working with teenagers in residential treatment centers and then as a counselor with survivors of trauma. She established a private psychotherapy practice in 1990, specializing in work with trauma survivors and people with special needs.
Most recently, Hillkirk has been working as executive director of Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization she created in 1996 that surrounds children impacted by HIV/AIDS with love, compassion and support. The camp has grown to include free year-round programming for HIV/AIDS-impacted youth from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and New York.
The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series was established by the Board of Directors of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society in order to feature prominent graduates of the college who are leaders in their fields. The board's mission is to facilitate and promote the participation of alumni in activities that support the college's pursuit of excellence.