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Creek Restoration Prep.

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Encampers share strategies for getting out the vote.

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Encampers in community circle.

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At the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The Encampment is ...

... 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!


2018 Encampment

Visits to Montgomery and Selma

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 »

Alum Stories

The Encampment has changed me

Deanna Marie Mousseau explains how the Encampment has influenced her life. Check out her alum story and others.

An early encampment

From the beginning, youth from

“many religious, racial, social, and national backgrounds” came to the Encampment to “make democracy work” by living it. Read more »

EFC videos

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.

Nothing Can Stop Me Now song recorded at 2018 EFC InterGen(erational) Weekend (by Eagle Eye Imaging Solutions).

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.

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EFC photos

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2019 Encampment

If you are still interested in applying to the 2019 Encampment, and have missed the deadline, please send your application in as soon as possible. We may have a few spaces available. Apply now »

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.

Encampers translate their EFC experience into action in their home communities.

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

Once I got back to school, I was a lot more engaged and aware. I was more outspoken, which allowed my classmates to hear differing ideas, which is a positive for Utah. I tried to make a few changes at my school, but didn’t get far without the support of the principal and teachers. I have definitely engaged in more protests and marches. Even though I live in a small town, we have little marches that make a way into the news for our local senators and representatives. Along with that, I went to the Youth Action Summit in Memphis with some Encampers. I know that I can make a bigger difference that will impact many more people. – Grace Cole, UT, 2017 Read more »

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

I’ve been a part of protests at Wesleyan that centered around fighting the Trump administration; the deportation of immigrants that have come to Middletown; and helping the womyn of color at Wesleyan and beyond to feel safe and supported on campus. I always try to stay involved in the queer community, so I marched for pride. Not sure how many people I've affected, but even if it's one person, I'd be happy and proud of myself. – Leo Jean Palmer, MA, 2016 Read more »

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

When I got back from the Encampment, I started the “Tigers with Social Justice Club” at my high school. We would talk about topics and things happening in our community and how they affected us. We also did a lot of community volunteering and we organized fundraisers to get everyone involved. – Jasmin Ruiz, CA, 2016 Read more »

We asked some recent Encampers what they are doing in their home communities – it's inspiring.

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

I have participated in the clean-up in Dade City (Florida). We cleaned up Lock Street so people can walk without having to step over or on trash. Read more »

Malachi Longmore, NJ 2016

I have given back to my community by volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club. I used to go there when I was young and it was great to reconnect with this community and be a role model for the younger kids. Read more »

KC O'Hara, 2014 CT at the EFC 70th Anniversary Celebration with board member Steve Davis and Pomfret School EFC alumns Talibah Alexander, Angel K. and Wade Atkinson.

I spend my time at school helping working class, predominantly Black and Latinx families of Middletown by volunteering as an after-school teaching assistant at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Read more »

Looking for a way to invest in social justice?

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The Encampment prepares young people to put their passion for justice to work. Give to EFC to invest in social justice leaders.

Ayana had a life-changing experience -- not just by learning history and meeting organizers working toward equity today--but being moved by her own cultural heritage and learning ways to work for justice in her community. Read more »

Arrow came to the Encampment to learn skills to strengthen his leadership in his tribal community. "Every day, the Encampment taught me more about Mississippi, and myself, and how I can make a difference in my community." Read more »

And, as part of the EFC’s Get-Out-the-Vote campaign, Encampers are taking action in different ways: Samara and her mother are helping to get out the vote in Springfield, Massachusetts; Isaiah registered to vote for the first time in Oakland, California; and Bernice and her mother are starting a nonprofit, Freedom 2.0, in New Jersey, to educate younger voters and encourage them to vote.

EFC can continue to prepare these young leaders to take thoughtful action for social justice. DONATE »

2018 Encamper tells why he registered to vote

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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!”

Join Us in the Encampment’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign!

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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.

And read more about the 2018 Summer Encampment »

 A 2018 Encamper's Strategy To Get Out the Young People's Vote — Freedom 2.0

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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

You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Sentiment-laden Treasures for Us to Get Out the Story of the Encampment for Citizenship to the World!

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 »


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