Ourtown for Teens
A weeklong summer social justice institute for high school students
Ourtown for Teens facilitates greater respect and understanding of all people and provides the skills and motivation to promote these ideals in the broader community, through interactive activities, group discussions, role playing, guest presentations, skits, and games. And of course, there's plenty of opportunity for swimming, canoeing, hiking, and other summer camp fun! The bonds formed at Ourtown often turn into lifelong friendships.
- Develop self-awareness, understanding and appreciation for one's own and others' racial and cultural identities, heritage and ethnicity, spirituality, and more.
- Cultivate an expanded awareness of prejudice and its harmful effects on individuals, groups, and communities; and
- Learn and develop leadership skills for social change.
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 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!
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."