Want to make a difference in your community and learn how to become a stronger agent of change?
“Applying to The Encampment was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I learned that I am a capable leader, and someone who can make good change. You meet all these amazing people who want to make change, and these other amazing people who will do anything to help you do it. EFC was the best way to spend my summer, because I was able to do something fun, yet intellectual.” — Nicholas, 2020 Encamper
July 5–28, Monday through Friday plus Saturday July 24.* Daily schedule is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific/noon-4 p.m. Eastern.
With EFC’s community-based and arts-as-activism approach, you will:
- Get a deeper perspective on social justice issues.
- Meet activists and civic leaders.
- Learn more about how your community works and how you can make change where you are.
- Participate in a multicultural community of peers from across the nation who will share their communities with you.
- Use arts to express your perspective on social justice concerns.
- Receive four months of follow-up support to develop an action plan.
Participants will learn and practice the powerful strategies of critical thinking, action planning, and using creativity and the arts in working for social justice.
*There will be a 6-hour pre-Encampment orientation June 9-11 (3-5 p.m. Pacific/ 6-8 p.m. Eastern) and four months of follow-up programming in the fall.
- Share your community with peers across the country using online platforms, and learn about theirs.
- Connect to a network of young changemakers.
- Build lifelong relationships.
Learn ways you can work for social justice through local, state, tribal and national governments
- EFC’s hands-on learning style will help you connect the dots for making change.
- Hear about diverse examples of effective activism.
- Learn to use the creative process to work for social justice.
- Draw on the arts as an organizing tool for change in your community.
Social Justice Action Groups
- Participate in virtual breakout sessions that develop your social justice leadership skills and provide you with tools to take an idea and put it into action.
- Learn from social justice leaders across the nation.
- Grow your network of intergenerational changemakers.
- In 2021, speakers include Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson, MS; Faya Ora Rose Touré, founder of the Selma Center for Nonviolence: and EFC alum Jason Warwin, co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol; Karen Watson, founder of the Positive Action Committee; Hausson Byrd; and other community organizers and artist activists.
- Create an action plan to address an issue in your home community.
- Explore what makes a successful organizing strategy.
- Engage with social justice activists in your community.
As always, the fees are on a sliding scale ($50–$2,000), based on income. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. In addition, we will work with each participant’s individual situation to help them have access to the internet and necessary hardware and software.
“Growing up, I got one perspective, but in the Encampment, I got to see what peers from different backgrounds are doing and feeling. It’s one thing to hear about Black Lives Matter in social media, but it’s so powerful when you hear what people are really going through — it changes you as a person.” — Moncerrat, 2020 Encamper