What is Camp
Camp EarthPact is an African-centered youth summer camp program that was first piloted in the summer of 2022. It focuses on environmental stewardship targeting campers ages 4-17. The goal of Camp EarthPact is to build a pipeline for a future generation of climate-conscious Black land-stewards while building knowledge and skills around climate justice, sustainable land use, and sovereign community. By design, Camp EarthPact integrates ancestral wisdom, history, and core classroom subjects (math, science, literacy and culture) into the real-world context.
Camp EarthPact Leadership Lab
In 2023, OurSpace hosted the inaugural Camp EarthPact Leadership Lab -- a pilot program to mobilize leaders to host their own EarthPact camps. Acceptance into the virtual Leadership Lab provided a 6-week module that covers topics such as camp design, logistics, staffing, marketing, safety, arts and culture and ancestral wisdom to support camps that focus on areas such as, regenerative agriculture, sustainable land stewardship, renewable energy, forestry, waste reduction, alternative transportation, natural building and environmental justice. At the completion of the modules, attendees engaged in coaching sessions with the lab facilitator(s) to support the curation of individual and cooperative camps.
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Eshé Armah (a.k.a. Mama Eshé) is known as a Cali-grown, tree-loving mama of twin teenage sons. A daughter of Tuskegee University, she earned her BA in Youth Development and delved into a career in education and program design. In 2013 she received an MA in Healing Arts from Maryland University of Integrative Health and a graduate certificate in Herbal Studies. Eshé shares a passion for outdoor, experiential education and has directed camps and led after school programs for 21 years. As an educator she has helped facilitate programming and workshops with Sankofa Homeschool Collective and taught English Literacy for Wilson Baker Homeschool Academy. She was the director of 2022's pilot EarthPact Summer Program, is the lead facilitator of 2023's inaugural Camp EarthPact Leadership Lab and presently lives in Alabama at the Rural Training and Research Center and serves as the Program and Training Coordinator for The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.
Tiffany is a mother, wife, and wellness advocate. She has served as a yoga instructor since 2015, providing a space of reprieve for communities of color throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia-area. A two-time graduate of Howard University, Tiffany holds a BA in History and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy. She has worked in educational institutions for over a decade. She truly believes in the importance of culturally-centered spaces of diverse experiences for children, thus her kids participated in Camp EarthPact during its 2022 pilot phase. The opportunity to connect and work in nature was a refreshingly new experience for the campers. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tiffany enjoys reading, eating good food, traveling, and learning new things. She is excited to support and witness the successful outcomes of the new future Camp Earthpact leaders and has been supporting 2023's inaugural Camp EarthPact Leadership Lab.
Njeri Nembhard (a.k.a. Mama Njeri) is a co-founder of Maroon Life Learning (MLL) which focuses on the continued study and proliferation of African knowledge, culture and history. For the past 18 year she has been a homeschool educator of her own and other children. She has created African Centered curricula which she has taught in brick and mortar schools and online for adults and children alike. She is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College with a master’s degree in International Education Development, Curriculum and Technology. A person dedicated to academic excellence and the advancement of African people and their descendants in the Diaspora, she has prior academic experience in the areas of curriculum development and academic proofing, business development and publication projects and hotel management. An energetic enthusiastic individual, she is committed to the plight and journey of African science, art and culture through its people and their descendants. She was the curriculum designer for 2022's pilot EarthPact Summer Program and is serving as a coach for 2023's inaugural Camp EarthPact Leadership Lab.
Chinyere (Chichi) Aguwa was a Princeton RISE fellow who supported OurSpace this summer. At the time of the fellowship, she was a rising sophomore at Princeton University who plans to major in Anthropology and minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Some activities that she was involved in on-campus include working for the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and being a treasurer for Friends of MSF at Princeton. As a premed student, she hopes to become a medical professional and primarily work with marginalized communities to help them access proper health care.