Today’s youth are making both national and local headlines. Young people are stepping up in big ways and their impact is not going unnoticed. As an organization that ensures youth voice is front and center, we are excited to share about 6th and 7th grade Camp Fire kids making a big difference in their community.

To kick off our community-based learning, activism, and advocacy unit, Camp Fire 6th and 7th graders from Lane Middle School went to City Hall to meet City Commissioner, Amanda Fritz.

  • Community-based learning: Learning within our own communities! This learning style helps us to talk about our personal, first-hand experiences and talk about the resources, strengths, and challenges within our own community
  • Activism: Community-based learning + action = activism
  • Advocacy: Speaking up alongside peers to co-create a community where everyone can thrive

One 6th grade student brought up a change they wanted to see at their school which provided an opportunity for the group to discuss ideas of ways to make the change happen. Commissioner Fritz came up with some good suggestions, and pretty soon the room was buzzing with ideas. Outside of their own goals for advocacy, Camp Fire youth wanted to know about the Commissioner’s experience as a city official and her journey to get there. Thank you, Commissioner, for sharing your experience and knowledge with us!

Camp Fire staff and youth are talking every day about advocating for needs in their local communities and this conversation was an exciting step in our journey to learn how to make effective change in, for, and with our community.

Want to get involved? Here are a few questions to get you started in your own community-based learning, advocacy, and activism:

  • What are some challenges that are impacting the people in my community?
  • What resources and strengths can I gather from those around me?
  • How can we use our resources and strengths to create bridges?

Have you read our Equity Statement? At Camp Fire, we work every day to examine how privilege, oppression, and history affect the practices of our organization.