This summer, Oklahoma public schools English language learners (ELLs) are invited to discover how to make a difference in their schools and communities at English for Leadership and Civic Engagement (ELCE) Summer Camp. Each one-week camp, offered May through August, is full of exciting and engaging activities that will allow students to experience life on one of the nation's top college campuses, all while improving their English language skills.

Our goal is to empower students by equipping them with the English language and leadership skills necessary to become agents of change within their communities and schools and help them explore pathways to future success through college and career awareness.


Summer camp students at OU Bizzell Library

“I had fun. This camp encouraged me to do something for my school.”

“Me divertí. Este campamento me animó a hacer algo por mi escuela”

Summer camp students at Oklahoma state capitol building

“Being in this camp has shown me to interact more with people around me and also not to be shy or afraid to speak in front of people.”

“Estar en el campamento me a enseñado a interactuar más con las personas a mi alrededor y que no tengo vergüenza o miedo de hablar frente a un público”

Summer camp students at in class

“My experience was pretty fun, and I learned a lot about social inequality and what a leader is.”

“Mi experiencia fue muy divertida y aprendí demasiado sobre la desigualdad social y lo que es un verdadero líder.”

Summer camp students at OU Pool


“I learned how to use modals, comparatives and superlatives. I learned how school leadership works and how to write a letter.”

“Aprendí como usar los modales, comparativos y superlativos. Aprendí cómo funciona el liderazgo escolar y cómo escribir una carta.”