This week we are re-posting a blog post about a workshop on privilege at Anytown Alabama. Anytown is a one week social justice camp empowering high school students to become leaders in their communities. This summer Anytown is June 1st-7th and we are looking for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to attend!
In 2013, the YWCA Central Alabama provided over 13,000 days of child care to 114 children of homeless and low-income families, 9,393 clothing items to 770 people at no cost and supplied legal and court advocacy services for 3,952 victims of domestic abuse. But it isn’t just the numbers that make the YWCA Central Alabama a leading nonprofit, it’s the immeasurable amount of support we receive from thousands of volunteers.
Stacy Oliver is an alumni of the YWCA’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for One Roof.
Josh Helms is an AmeriCorps member serving at One Roof. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. He lives with his partner and their cat.
Spring break is always an exciting time for fun and relaxation for students each year. Families often pack up for vacations while others spend their off days at home or doing extra-curricular activities. However, for children who live in area shelters, these opportunities may be a little harder to come by.
Anyone that has ever gone to summer camp remembers it for the rest of their life. Summer camp is often a time that many young ones experience the feeling of slowly coming out of their shells, welcoming diverse friends they otherwise wouldn’t meet into their world. High school especially can be a pivotal time in developing a student’s self-image and confidence. Lessons on how to treat others are often gained by the social pressures found in the hallways and cafeterias.