How to Apply

Want to make a difference in your community and learn how to become a stronger agent of change?

The 2022 Encampment will be
July 5 – 27 at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


Are you a young person (age 15-18) who wants to make a difference in your community? 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.

*Cal Lutheran University now requires participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they have a documented medical or religious exemption. EFC participants will be masked and observe physical distancing and we will do regular testing in observance of CDC recommendations. 

**There will be a virtual pre-Encampment orientation in June and four months of follow-up programming in the fall. The 2022 orientation dates are:

June 23, 2022 (3:30 PT to 6:00 PT/6:30 to 9:00 ET)
June 29, 2022 (3:30 PT to 6:00 PT/6:30 to 9:00 ET)

The 2022 Encampment application is now closed. You can apply for 2023 in the fall. Questions:

2022 Encampment flyer

Please contact the office for the Returning Encamper Application.

The Power of Creative Collaboration

Check out this music video re gentrification created by Hosea and Carter at the 2020 virtual Encampment. 

“…they give me tools that I didn’t realize I needed, to make an impact larger than myself.”

Lilia is both an alum of the 2020 virtual Encampment and a Pesticide-Free Soil Project (PFSP) intern.


Contact us for more information about applying for the 2022 EFC program.


Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image for the Encampment video.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image for Maribel & John’s fun video about the Encampment.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image to hear Piper share her transformational experience at the EFC.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

2018-20 Encampers creating change in their home communities.

Application checklist

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checkbox Required essays

checkbox Creative work

checkbox Fee waiver application (if needed)

I am Native American and I’ve had a life-changing experience at the Encampment.

Youth from all over the country, (along with) people from different countries, created a space in which we were comfortable to grow. Through this growing, we learned how to accept diversity, view a variety of perspectives, gain strategies to develop change and have our eyes opened to the world. I cannot express myself enough to show grateful I am to be a part of the Encampment community; it has given me my voice. I come from a place where I am silenced and my people are challenged with obstacles created through oppression. Now, I will tell you that I am no longer silent and I will speak up and out about social issues. This family we create here has given me the tools, guidance, connections and motivation to be a community leader and activist.


2016 Encamper, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

We are strengthening democracy by creating community.