Frequently Asked Questions
Does OMK provide programming other than the summer camp? Is there programming for adults, young men, etc.?
Yes! OMK is very eager to expand our community by providing programming for everyone: mamas, daddies, brothers, uncles, the cool elder around the corner, everyone. And we're almost there. Please join us for our community dinner series, In Search of Our Foremothers’ Kitchens, honoring Ntozake, Zora, Alice and Vertamae. Check the Events page and follow @our_mothers_kitchens on Instagram for more info and to stay in touch with us!
Who is eligible to apply for the camp?
Our Mothers' Kitchens Summer Workshop was designed for Black girls, ages 12-17 years old.
I do not identify as a "black girl". Can I still apply?
As black women, we chose to create an experience for girls with similar backgrounds and experiences to ours. We intentionally chose to use specific black women authors whose work and lives we believe girls and young women of color could relate to and learn from.
We are committed to creating a space for black girls where they are safe and free to express themselves. We believe that it is important for people of color to be able to define those spaces for themselves.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of camp.
Note: Sankofa Community Farm is located in the center of the Bartram's Gardens. It takes several minutes to travel by vehicle or foot from the grounds entrance at 54th and Lindbergh Ave. Please consider this when arranging travel.
What if my child has a specific food allergy?
We will document all food allergies and and concerns and plan our menu accordingly. It is the responsibility of youth's guardian to make OMK aware of any specific dietary needs before the start of camp.
How do I stay in contact with my child while they are in camp?
While we do not explicitly have a "no cell phone policy", we do ask that participants refrain from making and receiving calls and texts during camp hours. We will secure all participants phones during activities and return them at lunch and again at the end of the day. We will provide all caregivers with staff contact information, in the event that guardians need to contact participants outside of those times.
Who will be teaching my child?
Khaliah D. Pitts and Shivon Love are the main instructors. We invite volunteers and guest chefs to support and teach our girl. Most of our volunteers are experienced teachers and/or youth educators.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Your child should be prepared everyday with sneakers (or other comfortable closed toe shoes) and a water bottle (this is a must). Your child should dress comfortably in light, breathable clothing that they don't mind getting dirty as we will be working with both indoor and outdoor kitchen set-ups. We will be providing all other necessary supplies as well as light breakfast and lunch.