We'd love you to consider donating to one of our highlighted charities in lieu of a wedding gift. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.
Why did choose CTB as one of our causes?
Summer after high school freshman year, I (Mercedes) found myself on the bus to "Anytown."
- All I knew: my mom's boss' kid had gone and liked the program, and that I'd be home in a week.
- What I didn't know: the folks I'd meet, and what I'd learn and experience at Anytown would change the way I look at the world.
I could spend a long time talking about the power of Anytown, but here are the essentials:
1. It's a 1-week residential program - CTB subsidizes room, board, and programming to make it accessible to all families, at $25.
2. Anytown expands minds not through some revolutionary programming (though they're pretty good at that too) but by building a forum to create dialogue between people and populations that too rarely meaningfully cross paths in Tampa Bay.
3. In addition to the above, Anytown gives students the confidence and skill to create that space for dialogue and drive for justice, carrying it with them for the rest of their lives.
If we as a group of family and friends can help give this life-changing experience to more students in my beloved Tampa Bay, the world will be better for it.
Thanks for your consideration!
More information about Community Tampa Bay, Inc.: Community Tampa Bay's vision is to end all forms of discrimination. We work toward that ambitious vision by cultivating inclusive leaders to change communities through dialogue and cross-cultural interactions. That means we give people the tools to have hard conversations with people who don't look like them or who come from different backgrounds. And we empower individuals to build relationships based on understanding and mutual respect. For us, "culture" means the intersecting aspects that make up a person's social identity: race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, faith, class, ability and age. We work with youth, young adults and adults, reaching more than 1,000 individuals annually with our unique approach to leadership development. Our approach uses proven strategies in prejudice-reduction, including "inter-group contact" (what we call cross-cultural interactions), relationship-building with an emphasis on dialogue and opportunities to work together toward common goals. Whether working with youth or adults, our training strategies are high engagement: we don't talk at you; we involve you in the process of learning and change. Eighty-five percent of our program participants are able to recognize the harmful impact of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination. Eighty-three percent experience prejudice-reducing cross-cultural interactions in their work with us and ninety-seven percent learn strategies for and gain skills in dialogue facilitation. That means they learn how to have change-creating conversations grounded in respect and empathy. Everything we do is from a foundation of our three core organizational values: diversity, inclusion and engagement. We believe that relationships are the key to ending discrimination on both an interpersonal and systemic level.