"We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers"
- Bayard Rustin

"Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity."

- 1 Timothy 4:11-12 (The Message)


This 2-afternoon virtual advocacy camp will focus on issues around Black Lives Matter and Climate Change, and seek to inspire youth/teens (rising 6th-12th grade) and give them tools to enact change within their communities. 


Open to all, no Quaker affiliation needed! 

For parents/carers/guardians: 

All of the adults interacting with youth participants will be approved by Friends Meeting at Cambridge/New England Yearly Meeting’s background check policies, and the program will abide by FMC’s Policy on Videoconferencing with Youth under the age of 18.


If you have questions about security or other policies, please contact Greg Woods, Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator for Friends Meeting at Cambridge: youthministries@fmcquaker.org


SCHEDULE (Specific details forthcoming):

NOTE: We’re currently growing our list of workshop leaders but plan to have representatives from Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).  


The engagement activities will be Lobby Training and Non-Violent Direct Action Training. 

Thursday, Aug. 20 (2-4  PM ET) 

Welcome and activities – Greg and Jen 

Keynote – Casey Thomas

Engagement activity – Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, FCNL

Break (10 minutes) 

Small group activity

Reflections and appreciations 


Friday, Aug. 21 (2-4 PM ET)

Welcome and activities – Greg and Jen

Keynote and Nonviolent Direct Action training: Earth Quaker Action Team

3:45 – 4: Reflections and appreciations 

*Parents must register all youth/teens under 18. Parental permission is required for registration to be complete. 

Jen Higgins-Newman,
Beacon Hill Friends House

Jen Higgins-Newman is the Program Manager at Beacon Hill Friends House, where she is responsible for creating programming that cultivates community, nurtures faithfulness and spiritual deepening, and empowers social action and service. Jen has been an organizer and an advocate for most of her life, including work with Amnesty International, The Public Interest Network, and more. In addition to her work at BHFH, Jen has spent years working with youth in middle and high school, most recently teaching at middle school debate camps at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Education Unlimited, and volunteering for the Boston Debate League. You can reach her at program@bhfh.org.


Greg Woods,
Friends Meeting at Cambridge

Greg Woods is the Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator for Friends Meeting at Cambridge. As a lifelong Quaker Greg has a passion for working with youth. Prior to working at FMC, he worked in campus ministry and service-learning. You can reach him at youthministries@fmcquaker.org.

Casey Thomas
Peoples's Action, Keynote speaker

Casey lives in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina, with her wonderful husband and dog. She has organized around food, immigration, policing, and against anti-LGBTQ discrimination. With roots in New York, South Carolina, Tortola, and Virginia, she made Greensboro her home in 2006. She graduated from Guilford College (BA, Sociology & Anthropology) and UNC-Greensboro (Masters in Public Health). Casey is on the steering committee for Guilford for All, an organization committed to building permanent people power in Guilford County, North Carolina. She is the Development Manager at People’s Action, a national network of community organizations.

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert recruits, trains and supports FCNL Advocacy Teams around the country to develop deep advocacy skills to lobby political leaders for peace and justice. Sarah is a native of Pembroke, New Hampshire, and raised in the Concord Friends Meeting, and coordinated social justice programs at William Penn House before joining FCNL’s Strategic Advocacy Team in 2018. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, hiking and spending time in nature.

Lina Blount
Earth Quaker Action Team

Lina Blount is a believer in people-powered movements, and messiness with connection and accountability over perfection. She currently works as the Education Coordinator at Pendle Hill and has organized with the Earth Quaker Action Team for about 10 years, where she currently serves as co-clerk of the board. She is a trained experiential learning facilitator through the Training for Change model. Check out the Earth Quaker Action Team at eqat.org

Monty Ogden
Earth Quaker Action Team

Monty Ogden is a high school English teacher at Friends’ Central School and board member of the Philadelphia-based environmental justice group Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). At Friends’ Central he co-teaches a climate justice and literature elective titled Everything Change: Love in the Anthropocene. His past teaching experience includes three years in the School District of Philadelphia and two years at the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica. He holds a BA in English from Amherst College and a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.  

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