Anytown Alabama Teen Leadership Summit is a residential leadership summit that brings together a group of eighty high school students from across the Birmingham metro area and surrounding counties. Anytown Alabama was started by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) in 1989. NCCJ is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. The YWCA and NCCJ have been collaborating partners in bringing Anytown Alabama to the community since 2011.
Anytown Alabama participants are diverse in every way, coming from different races, genders, religions, schools, neighborhoods, immigration statuses, and abilities. Student delegates spend a week engaging in refreshingly open and supportive dialogue, forming life-long friendships, and sharing their cultures and beliefs while appreciating those of others. Delegates learn how to respond with kindness, courage, and respect to difficult real-life situations as they have a ton of fun together. Students engage in intensive and interactive learning about social justice issues and leave Anytown empowered as leaders. They are more confident, empathetic, and ready to stand up for what they believe is right. Students take what they learn back to their high schools and to their lives beyond high school where cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate with different types of people are crucial. Anytown is an amazing opportunity for students who are currently in 9th – 11th grades to spend a week developing leadership skills and learning about social justice issues. Students make great friends, build their college resumes and have a ton of fun!