April 7, 2017
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Know a high school student looking for a life-changing experience this summer? If so, Anytown Alabama is the place to be!
YWCA Central Alabama is currently accepting applications for Anytown, a social justice leadership summer camp hosted in partnership with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Anytown will be held June 4–10 at Camp Hargis in Chelsea, Alabama.
Participating students, known as delegates, come from all over the Greater Birmingham area and are diverse in many ways, including race, gender, religion, schools, neighborhoods, sexual orientation and economic status. While at camp, they participate in a series of exercises aimed at creating tolerance and understanding of these differences as well as an enthusiasm for spreading these values throughout their own communities.
“Most campers call the experience life-changing,” said YW Coordinator of Social Justice Programs Rebecca Harkless, who organizes Anytown. “It is amazing to watch the transformation that goes on during that week, and the friendships they form while they are there are an added bonus.”
Anytown provides students the chance to build self-confidence and leadership skills and to learn to respond to difficult, real-life situations with kindness, courage and respect. They also gain an appreciation of other cultures and beliefs while celebrating their own.
Students entering grades 10-12 are encouraged to apply for Anytown, and the deadline is April 14. If space is available, late applications will be considered. The cost for the week-long camp is $450, but scholarships are readily available. No applicant will be turned away because of inability to pay.
Click here to access the application and learn more about Anytown.
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