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Your gift will help to raise funds for high school students to participate in a summer leadership institute in Kansas City in the 2020 summer and beyond.
AnytownKC is a volunteer-run and led program that relies solely on donations. In partnership with the National Conference for Community & Justice of St. Louis, AnytownKC is able to offer a sliding scale fee model to help remove the barrier of cost for delegates to attend. The majority of the costs cover meals, lodging, and supplies. A donation of $400 would fully cover 1 delegates' participation in the program. Because of generous donations in 2017, AnytownKC was able to grant 78% of the student participants with a scholarship to offset the registration fee.
AnytownKC is not your typical summer camp. The program's purpose is to inspire a young generation of leaders who will create more just and inclusive communities. Anytown was once a national program occurring in cities across the country, however it is now only offered in a few cities. After a 4-year gap of no Anytown, or similar program, offered in KC, a Steering Committee of individuals organized and fundraised to host a camp in 2017. Since then, AnytownKC has empowered and inspired over 70 students from over 35 area schools to become leaders in their schools and communities.
During the week long institute, youth reside on a college campus and learn through each other's experiences of oppression and prejudice with large group simulations and activities and through small groups discussions. Students learn about leadership concepts for becoming change agents and allies of social justice.
Anytowners build relationships with young people different than themselves which in turns build community. After participating in Anytown, young people return home to their families and schools ready to lead in new and empowered ways and work together to confront oppression and prejudice in all its forms. To learn first hand what its like to experience Anytown, take a minute to read one alumni's story.
Please consider making a contribution and encouraging your friends, family, and allies to do the same. In a current divisive climate threatening civil rights, AnytownKC is needed now more than ever!