Water Protector’s Training Camp (WPTC) is a new program from Title Track that provides an opportunity for young people (ages 12 to 17) to connect with professional artists and activists to create music, creative writing, art, and video while exploring their commitment to being a Water Protector.

The first cohort of WPTC will occur in-person at Earthwork Harvest Gathering (September 16-18), and the next available cohort will be offered virtually through zoom on Tuesday evenings from October 11 – November 1. Please consider joining us for ONE of these cohorts!

**HARVEST cohort: All young people ages 12 to 17 attending Harvest Gathering are welcome and encouraged to participate in any or all of the 4 WPTC sessions throughout the weekend at no additional charge to your initial ticket. Early bird tickets are available through September 1! Pre-register for WPTC at the link below so we can learn a bit more about you or feel free to just drop-in on any of the 4 sessions during the Harvest weekend. More info on WPTC @ EWHG 2022 below.

**ONLINE cohort: The fee for the 4 week course is $100 and is open to any young person (ages 12 to 17) living in Michigan. Scholarships are available for those young people interested in our first virtual WPTC living in Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties thanks to the generous support of the Grand Traverse Area Community Foundation. Payment and zoom info will be sent to participants upon registration.

Harvest Gathering WPTC info:
All young people aged 12-17 attending Harvest are welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the 4 WPTC sessions at Harvest Gathering 2022 at no additional charge to your initial ticket.

Inspired by the butterfly model of transformative social justice, WPTC @ EHG will consist of four 75 minute sessions throughout the weekend. Each session will be themed after one of the 4 wings of the butterfly, representing 4 ways to join and support the movement:

  1. resist. 
  2. reform. 
  3. build. 
  4. heal. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments, art supplies, notebooks, phones/tablets/laptops and will be provided with a charging zone.

WPTC @ EWHG session times:

  1. Friday, 6:30pm meet in the Jam Tent at the Farmer’s Market
  2. Saturday, 11am meet in the Jam Tent at the Farmer’s Market
  3. Saturday 4:45pm meet at Zeek’s Magic Bus
  4. Sunday, 1:45pm meet in the barn

Staff: Holly Bird, Manape LaMere, Chris Good, Leora Tadgerson, DeJuan Jordan, Joe Reilly, Sam Cooper, Nique Love Rhodes, Noble Julz, Joe Reilly, Jordan Hamilton, Amber Hasan, Rachel Marco-Havens, and Seth Bernard.

We are so excited to launch this new program and look forward to witnessing the creativity and passion of our young water protectors. Stay tuned here and to our social media for updates, photos, music and video creations and more as our first cohorts launch! Here are a few images from past Title Track programming engaging young people through the arts and activism.

Songwriting at Youth Empowerment Sustainability Summit

Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation at Earthwork Farm

RiverQuest Flint