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Building Bridges

In partnership with Community Nashville

Building Bridges empowers youth to safely explore issues of racism, bigotry, bias and human rights and challenges them to “build bridges” of understanding, acceptance and tolerance.

For a few days every spring, summer and fall, our Residential Camps—AnyTown, MiniTown, and OurTown—bring together high school and college students with broad racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The experience is transformative. In a focused setting, they delve deeply into difficult subjects

that impact our society while developing a unique understanding of each other and their individual experiences. Youth also take away from the experience the ability to resolve conflict effectively and the ability to implement new initiatives in their school or community.

The Building Bridges Youth Advisory Council (YAC) helps keep other initiatives going year-round through special youth-led projects and quarterly Solidarity Dialogues at Oasis. These multigenerational conversations bring together community members on issues of race, gender, identity, equity and current social topics.

97%
Percentage of participants who said they felt more connected to their community after going to Camp AnyTown
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Volunteer Shifts & Enrollment

Camp Anytown

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A weekend camp held each spring

Enrollment

A month prior to camp

Camp College Town

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A weeklong camp held each summer

Enrollment

A month prior to camp

Camp MiniTown

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A weekend camp held each fall

Enrollment

A month prior to camp

Who We Need

Most volunteers “grow up” in the camp program. Must be 21 years old or older to be an advisor.