A library system in Maryland is conducting social justice and activism boot camps for youth in the ninth grade and higher.
The Prince George County Memorial Library System has planned a series of “social justice camps” that will take place in public libraries around the county. The boot camps will train youths and recent grads about community organization and activism.
In its advertising, the library system claims, “Our Social Justice Camp will educate you how to activate your activism, create connections in your community, and turn your interests into a product to ignite change.” “For students in the ninth grade and recent graduates.
“This camp will be part of an optional year-long cohort that will meet throughout the year with presentations on various skills, to review project progress, and to pitch final project ideas.
Teens engage at an event hosted by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in Maryland. (The Memorial Library System of Prince George’s County)
“The goal of this cohort is for youth who finish it to return to the camp the following year as mentors and facilitators.”
The activities will be open to the public and will include daily meals and refreshments. Due to limited capacity, teens will only be allowed to attend one social justice camp event.
The library system hosts “Black and Proud+” events that include art and literature by Black Americans from the past and present. The exhibitions are curated by the Black History and Culture Team and the LGBTQ+ Team of the library system.
Other activities include the exhibition “In Freedom’s Name,” which honors “the military service and sacrifice of Black Marylanders throughout history.
The library system also promotes a Writers With Pride program, which “teaches attendees about prominent LGBTQ+ authors’ published works, life, and societal issues,” as well as “practice writing methods and exercises inspired by legendary gay novelist Lorraine Hansberry.”
The Pull Up Fund, a private grant program launched by Sam Brin, a former employee of the investment digital company Robinhood, is supporting the social justice camp.