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Ourtown for Teens 
August 2 - August 8, 2015 at Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center

Welcome to a place where you are noticed and appreciated.

Formerly known as Anytown, Ourtown for Teens will be held August 2-8, 2015 at the 4H Center in Ferndale.  This unique, week-long residential youth leadership training retreat is for Arkansas high school students of different race, cultures and religions.  Participants experience and gain respect for diversity, while learning effective leadership skills.  Ourtown for Teens graduates take the skills learned at this camp back to their communities to be effective leaders in breaking down the barriers that often divide us. 


Student leaders entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades who are ready to identify and address prejudice should apply for this retreat.  Applicants should have a strong desire to help build a world of acceptance, understanding and peace.

Ourtown for Teens delegates:
  • Interact with a diverse group of students from across Arkansas
  • Share their experiences and hear different world perspectives
  • Learn more about themselves
  • See the world in a different way.
Topics explored at Ourtown for Teens include:
  • Racial, ethnic and cultural identity
  • Stereotypes and discrimination
  • Gender roles and sexuality
  • Inter-religious respect
  • Building an inclusive community
Ourtown for Teens is recognized as one of the nation's premier youth leadership programs and incorporates interactive, experiential activities such as group discussions, role playing, guest presentations, skits and games. And of course, there's plenty of fun!  The bonds formed by delegates during Ourtown often turn into lifelong friendships.

Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades are invited to contact Rhonna Wade, Youth Programs Director, for more information.  

A special THANK YOU to Legacy Termite and Pest Control, and to an anonymous donor, for your generous sponsorship of Ourtown for Teens 2015!  


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