On behalf of our CEO, Bernice A. King, it is with great pleasure that The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change invites you and/or your organization to participate in our 6th year summer youth camp, Camp NOW. At Camp NOW, participants will develop and enhance their leadership and conflict reconciliation skills based on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology, which we call Nonviolence 365. The camp will prepare youth to be influential leaders and change agents serving as catalysts to their peers. We’re presenting a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience an amazing two weeks of Education, Inspiration and Entertainment.
Camp NOW also includes a Civil Rights Tour of Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama with the following site scheduled for visits:
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham)
- 16th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham)
- Southern Poverty Law Center and Civil Rights Memorial (Montgomery)
- Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (Montgomery)
- The Dexter Parsonage Museum (Montgomery)
Applicants must be ages 13 – 18. Every one to five (1-5) applicants must be accompanied by one (1) adult chaperone. Chaperones are expected to participate in the nonviolence education activities designed specifically for them (separate from the youth), which will benefit them personally and support the youth in their continuing nonviolence learning. The camp will be held from June 19, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and participants will be notified if accepted for the camp.
Attending the camp will equip the youth to:
- Serve as examples to their peers by managing conflicts so situations do not become violent - verbally, mentally or physically;
- Grow in their ability to demonstrate critical thinking and advocate in the areas of entrepreneurship, environmental justice and health and fitness;
- Use the principles of nonviolence based on Dr. King’s philosophy to combat bullying by creating nonviolent zones at home, at school and in their communities;
- Develop leadership skills that will enable them to think before they act, so they do not act or react violently;
- Understand how benefits they have today relate to history.
While the upcoming summer will offer youth many choices for how they can spend their time, we hope you will consider Camp NOW, which promises to be an action-packed, fun-filled and life-changing two weeks.