Ourtown for Teens
August 2 - August 8, 2015
Click here to apply!
Welcome to a family that finds integrity in diversity.
Welcome to a place where we reach peace through understanding.
Welcome to the graveyard of hatred and the birthplace of awareness, the end of prejudice and the beginning of respect.
Welcome to the Ourtown family where you are loved for exactly who you are.
Welcome to the human race; you are an important part, one in which we can all identify.
Welcome to where we stand united and our differences only help to keep us bound.
You are among friends now ... show us your rainbow.
Welcome – you’ve been a long time coming, and we’re so glad you’re here.
Welcome to a place where you are noticed and appreciated.
Formerly known as Anytown, Ourtown for Teens
will be held July 27 - August 2, 2014 at Ferncliff Conference Center in western Pulaski County. 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
- 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.
Read what past delegates have to say about Ourtown for Teens here.
Topics explored at Ourtown for Teens
- 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 Elizabeth Akama-Makia
, 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 2014!
We also want to thank the following people, without whose support Ourtown would not be possible:
Christa S. Clark
Charles B. Cliett, Jr.
Timothy L. Furlow
Susan S. Garrett
Elizabeth C. Gath
Patrick Henry Hays
David & Leticia Jones
Anne & Stephen Lancaster
Bobbye & Gene Levy
Pat & John Lile
James D. Martin
Karen & Terry Masching
Eileen & Patrick O'Sullivan
Susan F. Smith
Trent L. Stewart
Cynthia & John Tisdale
Hannah K. Vogler
Charles Williams & Tana Belcher
"One week with other students from around Arkansas is all I needed to open my eyes to the world around me. Before Ourtown, I was just a high school student. After Ourtown, I am a high school student who knows how to make a difference.”
"Before last summer, I considered myself very accepting of diversity; I grew up in downtown Little Rock, and I have attended public schools all my life. I didn’t think I really needed diversity or leadership training, but this program sounded so cool, so I went, and boy was I wrong about myself! I learned lessons I will continue to use for the rest of my life and made friends that I hope to hang on to for that long as well."
"Ourtown helped me shape opinions and learn more about myself. It changed the way I view my country, my life and the world around me. Ourtown provides a powerful and almost unbelievable experience that anyone, and everyone, from any and every walk of life should feel. Ourtown gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to change your life and then change your world. Please do not let this program pass you by!"
Students report that Ourtown is "the greatest experience in my life."