Camp Akili

For over 30 years, Flourish Agenda has been at the forefront of healing and provided transformative learning and development experiences for Black youth and youth of color throughout California, in its program, Camp Akili. Camp Akili creates a safe and supportive space to confront complex and personal issues (i.e., community violence, depression, and self-hatred) and their impact on individuals and communities, while deepening an appreciation for themselves and their communities. Camp Akili uses healing centered practices to guide intense discussions and experiential workshops to explore self- and racial esteem and healing practices. Critical thinking, cultural pride, and social responsibility are collective goals to promote healing and personal transformation. The overall impact of these experiences, combined with intensive relationship building with peers and supportive adults, results in violence prevention and individual and community well-being.

One camper summed up her experience: “When I first came, I was shy and kinda scared to come out of my comfort zone, but now I feel 100% more comfortable with my race and who I am as a person.” Another camper reflected that Camp, “Allows me to come back to myself, whole.”

Flourish is excited to announce its first ever Camp Akili East Coast expansion to the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia. In partnership with the Philadelphia School District Office of Prevention, Intervention, and Trauma, Flourish will be hosting Camp Akili from July 24-27 at Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls Campus. This will be a 3.5 day, overnight experience located at Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls Campus. We have 75 spots available for students age 14-18. Please note you must be a student enrolled at a participating school. Please complete the Youth Application no later than Friday, June 2nd to sign up!


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions to Sister Ayanna:


Thank you for much for your interest in Camp Akili Philly. At this time we have reached our maximum number of applications. If you have any questions or would like to talk further please email: