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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 August 2-8, 2015 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 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 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:

Ronnie Bankston
Steve Bauman
Deborah Bell
Ed Bennett
Kirk Bradshaw
Brent Bumpers
John Burkhalter
Christa S. Clark
Charles B. Cliett, Jr.
Carol Cornell
Kearney Dietz
Thomas Dooher
Randall Eller
Timothy L. Furlow
Susan S. Garrett
Elizabeth C. Gath
Patrick Henry Hays
Colette Honorable
David & Leticia Jones
Kathleen Jones
Janna Knight
Daniel Knight
Danny Knight

Anne & Stephen Lancaster
Tricia Larson
Frank Lawrence
Bobbye & Gene Levy
Pat & John Lile
Lynn Lindsey
Jo Luck
Anne Mackey
James D. Martin
Karen & Terry Masching
Ravyn Miller
Sharon Moone-Jochums
Jackie Moore
Jennifer Morgan
John Nazzaro
Ann Norris
James Norris
Mary Olson
Eileen & Patrick O'Sullivan
Shanara Parham
Carmen Parks
Capi Peck

Jennifer Pierce
Mary Poole
Rick Pruitt
Chet Roberts
Jay Sanate
Toby Sernel
Baxter Sharp
Dana Smith
Susan F. Smith
Trent L. Stewart
Gracia Stroud
Sharon Sweeney
Sherman Tate
Sabrina Taylor
Tom Tinker
Cynthia & John Tisdale
Clarke Tucker
Ashvin Vibhakar
Hannah K. Vogler
Oscar Washington
Charles Williams & Tana Belcher
William Wilson

Read what past delegates have to say about Ourtown for Teens here.

    1400 West Markham, Suite 405
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201