Children's Justice Camp

We’re excited to announce registration is open for 2021 Children’s Justice Camp! Due to ongoing safety concerns from COVID-19, the 2021 offering for Children’s Justice Camp will be completely online July 19-23 from 3 pm to 5 pm ET each day.

This year’s camp has been planned by the first Black Steward of Children’s Justice Camp, Cherizar, and the first Teen Directors Macaiah, Mason, Leilani, and Temo.

Here are the details:

  • Camp will be held July 19-23, 2021, on Zoom, from 3 pm to 5pm ET each day.
  • Campers will receive a custom welcome package pertaining to their chosen workshop.
  • Workshops will be led by teen directors who will be assisted by our junior educators.
  • Here are the three workshops that will be offered this year. (cue drum roll…)

Cultural Snacks
In this workshop, campers will get to try snacks from all around the globe while learning the history behind the country of origin. Campers with dietary restrictions should check out our other workshops before choosing this class. This ”tour” will be led by Macaiah.

Coding 101

Coding 101 is a great introduction to the world of coding. First, the history of BIPOC people in tech will be highlighted. Then, campers will be able to create a character and animate their own cultural stories using special coding programs. This workshop is being facilitated by Temo.


Theatre class will allow campers to bring a collection of camper’s cultural stories together in a play. It will include backgrounds, a digital program, and even costumes. Mason and Leilani will be leading this workshop.

  • We will try to get every camper in their first choice workshop, but if there is a class that your camper absolutely can’t be in, please specify that in the Google Form.

Please register for camp HERE. OR use

If you already paid for camp last year, please let us know in the registration.

If there are any further questions, please let us know by emailing

Children’s Camp has been a part of Highlander’s culture since 1985 and is still going strong. Our mission is to promote and work toward a society that celebrates diversity and equity through the brilliant minds of our youth. Camp was born out of the love and joy families like yours put into creating a place where movements and change can breathe into the lives of our children, and our Directors are proud to continue that legacy.  

In Community,

Highlander Children’s Justice Camp Directors

Meet the Directors!


Leilani Carden is a Black and white student from Knoxville, TN. She is passionate about creative thinking and self expression, especially in young people. Building these skills are important to their individuality and allowing young people to fully be themselves. Being more self-aware and utilizing outlets like art and music at a young age allows for healthier interactions with our feelings and experiences.

She has been a junior educator at Children’s Justice Camp for two years, but has been attending as a camper for years. She is so excited to see how people experience the camp this year.

Mason (he/el)

Mason is a Fillipino and black, queer male from California. He is a theatre enthusiast and has worked with kids using a variety of mediums including arts and crafts and storytelling. He is good at keeping crises under control and calming people down. He is a first aid trained, down to earth, hard worker whose main priority is the wellbeing of the people around him. He is super excited to teach, learn, and laugh at this year’s Childrens’ Justice Camp.


Temo Cruz is a sixteen year old Mexican American who was born in Mexico and resides in North Carolina.He is a photographer and works for the magazine Word On The Street which is run by Black and Brown youth. He is CPR certified in the state of NC. He has been going to Highlander now for eight years. He thinks work like this is important because it’s a good way of introducing children to social justice work and it’s also just a great place to make friends. He also believes that it is important to have a place where children can be around good role models and have a place that they feel they can be themselves and express who they are no matter who that may be. He thinks Highlander is a gateway to learning about oneself and their own identity.


Macaiah Harrison is an African American student/athlete from Knoxville, TN. Macaiah has been a Junior Educator at Highlander for two years. She has a strong ability to think on her feet and is a highly resourceful, CPR certified, capable young woman. Her interpersonal skills are an asset to any team she is on. Children’s Justice Camp holds a special place in Macaiah’s heart. She’s spent years as a camper and looks forward to developing the program she grew up in. In her spare time she enjoys drawing and participating in musical theatre at her school.


Cherizar Crippen is a Black cis gender woman with indigenous heritage, living in Greensboro, NC. Her work centers healing and youth leadership development and includes leading trainings, political education, coaching, and facilitating. She brings her experience as a leader in Black Lives Matter movement and Southerners On New Ground, as well as her passion for creating more possibilities as an Emergent Strategy Advanced Student Facilitator. She looks forward to stewarding the 2020 Children’s Justice Camp at Highlander, supporting the Directors’ in their mission to introduce campers to Arts and Culture from around the globe. In her free time she casts spells for the movement and studies herbal remedies for our collective healing.