Uprise! Youth Action Arts Camp is in the works for 2019! This is an amazing week of teen empowerment, creativity, action, and friendship -- all while strategizing for our collective future. As mentors with a broad spectrum of skills, we are passionate about empowering teens as organizers, change makers, and allies in our rapidly changing world.
We are committed to offering this amazing experience to as many teens as possible from a rich diversity of backgrounds and identities. To do this we need your help raising the resources needed to cover financial aid. Thanks for showing some solidarity with these youth activists!
Please take a look below for more details of our program and curriculum, and be sure to check out uprisecampvt.org
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We, at Uprise!, are working to nurture and support a network of young people who are working for climate justice. To us, this means:
-trying to impact an unstable climate
-confronting and changing the tide of worsening racial inequality
-dealing with a dangerously unfair, collapsing economy
We know this is hard work and we believe that creating a committed network of youth activists is an essential piece of reaching these goals.
Camp Structure and Accommodations
Our youth participants will have chance to be involved in Action Arts, Ecological Agriculture, Wilderness Mentorship, and in a number of other camp-wide experiences and activities. Our goals are to support and inspire camp participants in their work and play as agents of change working towards a just, equitable and live-able future. Campers will be members of small Affinity Groups, each with their own mentor who will serve as a camp counselor for that group through the week. Affinity Groups will have facilitated time focused on deepening our relationships with ourselves, our communities, and the rapidly shifting world around us. For us, this “heart work” is an important foundation for powerful and meaningful social change involvement. Affinity Groups will also share in shaping the culture of camp: from impromptu skits and performances, arte raides, secret missions, and teaming up for epic games.
Cost: $450 (partial and full scholarships available based on need)
This includes all meals, accommodations, transportation once arrived at camp, and all programming from some amazing mentors and change makers.
Surrounded by more than 11,000 acres of undeveloped wildlands, participants will have an abundance of opportunity to adventure and connect with the natural world. Teens will be guided by experienced wilderness mentors and challenged to learn and develop skills of navigation, fire making, shelter building, handcrafts, wild foods and medicine, tracking, stealth, fitness and more. This track will be wild, super fun and full of surprises!
Agroecology: Ecological Agriculture
A hands-on mix of agriculture, ecology, and food justice workshops involving permaculture, gardening, herbalism, and animal husbandry. This group will be working at the Wheelock Mountain Farm, as well as the adjacent Black Dirt Farm and the Hewitt Homestead (home to two of our youth staffers). Led by farmers and leaders in these fields, we will enjoy a wealth of local expertise, and the abundance of the land around us.
The arts program will be a mixture of performance, printmaking, and other creative action skills. Participants will meet and work with members of the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theater Company and other arts & justice mentors to create socially relevant work, and perform in the world-famous Bread & Puppet Circus. They will learn political art history, performance, and “cheap art” technique.