The 2012 Festival of Faiths is offering two programs specifically suited for students from grades 6 through 12. Programming for both events is age-appropriate and designed to foster a better understanding about Louisville’s different faith traditions and cultures as well as raise awareness about social justice issues that we, as a community, can address.

Youth Group Program at Cedar Ridge Camp
Saturday, November 10
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cedar Ridge Camp
4010 Old Routt Road, Louisville, Kentucky

Area youth groups are invited to this relaxing and fun evening that will feature stories about compassion and hospitality told by representatives from different faith traditions. Discussions and “ice-breaker” sessions will give attendees the opportunity to develop a better understanding and respect for one another’s beliefs and backgrounds. The evening will also include food, music, hayrides and “fire on the water.”

The event is open to denominational and non-denominational youth groups. All youth groups must be accompanied by their youth minister, director or designated chaperone.

Cost is $5 per person. Call the Festival of Faiths at (502) 583-3100 or email to reserve a spot.

School Youth Program
Friday, November 16
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville, Kentucky

This program is open to all public and private middle schools and high schools throughout the Metro Louisville area. Attendees will participate in breakout discussions on environmental concerns, racism, homelessness, anti-smoking, controlled burns and other social issues that affect our community.

  • Scott Brusaw, co-founder of Solar Roadways, will explain his theory of how to use our highways to harness the sun’s energy.
  • Bernheim Forest expert Claude Stephens will explore the benefits of controlled burns as part of forest management.
  • The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission and Just Solutions Mediation Services will moderate a race relations dialogue.
  • Clear the Air will present anti-smoking rap artist Andre Greene.
  • Artists from Ohio Valley Creative Energy will demonstrate how they use energy generated from landfill methane to create their works of art.
  • A presentation about how the universe was created from “the furnace of the stars” will be given in the University of Louisville’s Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium.
  • Discussions will also address how to end homelessness in Louisville.


The Festival of Faiths Youth Program is free. Students must be accompanied by the appropriate number of teachers and chaperones. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For questions and to reserve a spot for your class, call (502) 583-3100 or email