... a summer experience where you live what you learn, make new friends from across the nation, and expand your view of the world.
... year-round opportunities for leadership development, building community, and learning.
... a nation-wide network of committed alumni and partners, working for positive change in their home communities. Read on!
Encampers were exposed to the victories and hope in the struggle for justice, and encouraged to embrace the ongoing work for a better world.More »
Deanna Marie Mousseau explains how the Encampment has influenced her life. Check out her alum story and others.
“many religious, racial, social, and national backgrounds” came to the Encampment to “make democracy work” by living it. Read more »
Each year, the Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) runs a summer program that empowers young people aged 15–18 to tackle social injustice and make a positive difference in their communities and the world.
Created in the 2017 Encampment Digital Stories workshop. View all »
Hampshire College -- Encampment 2016, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jon Kerner, Ph.D, (EFC 1965 CA) describes his Encampment experience.
We are excited to announce that the 2019 Encampment will be held June 29-July 23, 2019 at Cal State University Channel Islands in southern California focusing on immigration, labor and the environment. Apply by the February 4, 2019 deadline! Visit our APPLY page for more information.
This summer in Raymond, Mississippi, Isaiah Holly from Richmond, California, learned about the importance of voting and the historical struggle for this democratic right. On September 22, at the #hellaVotes Voter Registration/Education Festival in Oakland, he registered to vote, helped to staff an EFC table and gave a short speech about why he registered.
“Hello, everybody! My name is Isaiah and I’m from the Encampment for Citizenship. The Encampment brings youth from Mississippi, California, Massachusetts, New York and all over together to become one big unit to try to better our communities ... I’m doing this today because I want to grow up and help my community and make it a better place for everybody — including my baby sister! I believe it’s important to go out and vote — and, even it you are not old enough to vote right now, you still should get your voice out there. It’s very powerful to get the ideas out there and make our communities safe for the little ones and upcoming generations. It’s a powerful thing and I believe we all can do it!”
At the 2018 Encampment, Encampers shared their plan with the assembled parents, alums and supporters to educate their communities about the importance of voting.
The Encampment for Citizenship does not lobby for candidates or initiatives, but we do encourage all people to exercise their democratic rights to make a more just and equitable world for all.
If you are already involved, tell us what you are doing and we will share your input in upcoming emails.
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Bernice and her mother, Tawanna Roebuck.
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we are sharing this inspired idea from 2018 Encamper Bernice.
She and her mother decided to start Freedom 2.0, a “nonpartisan organization that would engage urban youth in the election/campaign process. It will educate young people about the sacrifices made by their elders and ancestors during the civil rights movement and the importance of voting, and encourage and activate voting and participation in the census through peer-to-peer leadership. We hope to have voter registration drives on college and high school campuses. The students who are too young to vote can still be a part of the Get Out the Vote campaigns.”
Request to be on the Freedom 2.0 mailing list
The VCU Archives have the latest state-of-the-art scanners, which can provide giant, high-resolution copies of your prized photos and other documents! It also has 3-D and other printers that can replicate some of your other cherished items for the Encampment archival collection.You don’t have to surrender your mementos. You simply loan them to us for just long enough for us to make high-tech copies and we send them right back to you. Read more »