Anytown Alabama is a summer camp where high school students develop leadership skills that they bring back to their school and community. Student “delegates” come from all over Birmingham and represent different races, genders, religions, schools, neighborhoods, immigration statuses and abilities. Located at the beautiful Camp Hargis, Anytown gives students the chance to canoe, hike, fish, play basketball, and swim in the pool or lake, while also participating in honest dialogue and interactive learning about social justice issues. They also engage in team building exercises that create lifelong friendships and a supportive, inclusive camp environment. Students learn how to respond to difficult real-life situations with kindness, courage and respect.
Students leave Anytown as leaders, more confident, empathetic and ready to stand up for what they believe is right. Students who attend Anytown have a positive impact on a school’s culture as they discourage intolerance and bullying and serve as allies for marginalized students. Interaction with a diverse group at Anytown also prepares students for life after high school where cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate with different types of people are crucial.
Online applications are available on the YWCA Website: ywcabham.org/anytown-alabama
Call or email the YWCA Central Alabama to receive a paper application at 205-322-9922 ext 184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome applications from students of every race, creed, nationality, school, religion, gender, sexual orientation and immigration stauts and ability.
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The fee for Anytown Alabama is $400 and covers all expenses, including room, board and transportation.
Scholarships are readily available. No applicant will be turned away because of inability to pay. See application for details.
Phone: 205-322-9922 ext 186