No. Anytown is a unique 7-day residential program for high-school-aged youth. Anytown is more of a personal growth experience than a traditional summer camp. Activities include discussion groups, role-playing, learning exercises and presentations on a variety of human relations issues. Young people will be able to participate in, and learn from, activities that focus on ethnic and racial identity, stereotyping, communication, family issues, gender issues, sexuality, prejudice, and more. Anytown's goal is to prepare youth to be effective leaders and change agents who are dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and oppression. Youth participate in experiential learning activities and dialogue sessions designed to increase their understanding of human relations issues and of their own responsibility to create a community based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect.
Youth participate in experiential learning activities and dialogue sessions designed to increase their understanding of human relations issues and of their own responsibility to create a community based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect. Students that participate gain leadership and advocacy skills receive a certificate for 50 hours of leadership training/service. Student participants unanimously agreed in 2019 that the program provided the skills to help them identify issues and to work to make their school a more inclusive place: - 96% of participants Agree or Strongly Agree that "Anytown has increased my confidence as a leader.” - 98% of participants Agree or Strongly Agree that "When I return home I will be a leader among my peers." - 100% of participants Agree or Strongly Agree that "Anytown has increased my acceptance and tolerance of people who are different than me." - 100% of participants Agree or Strongly Agree that "When I return home I will educate my family & friends about the importance of respecting others who are different."
Anytown Leadership Camp will be held July 18th-24th, 2021
Anytown will be held at Mingus Mountain Camp & Retreat Center: 8500 WEST FOREST SERVICE ROAD #104 | PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ 86315 Sleeping spaces are air-conditioned, as are all meeting spaces. Meals are served three times a day and snacks and water are available throughout the day. Staff will handle basic medical needs; medical emergencies are handled by a nearby hospital.
Anyone who is currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, in high school; current seniors and incoming freshman are accepted on a limited basis. Students should be physically and emotionally capable of participating in an intense program that challenges them to discuss their experiences with, and attitudes about, human relations and social justice issues. Anytown encourages people of all racial, religious, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, class, cultural, physical ability, and other identity groups to apply.
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Anytown delegate spots fill up FAST! The sooner you apply, the more-likely you are to secure your slot for 2021. We will accept applications until full and no later than April 30th, 2021. Payments and registration , whether full or with financial assistance, must be executed by May 30th, 2021.
A maximum of 75 participants attend each Anytown session. Participants are supported throughout the week by 20-25 staff members, allowing for a low participant to staff ratio.
The cost for Anytown, including transportation to and from Phoenix, is $490.00
Yes. We do have limited funding available for those who need financial tuition assistance. We do not give 100% scholarships as it is important for student delegates to have some responsibility in their costs. If you have not already spoken to someone about funding you will be able to indicate how much you can pay on the registration form.
You will receive a confirmation email and phone call from Anytown. It will include a confirmation letter, a map to the site where Anytown will be held, a list of what to bring to Anytown, and other important information.
Anytown staff is made up of a diverse group of Anytown staff. The diversity of the staff is around many identities including age, socioeconomic class, sex, race, sexual orientation, gender, and religion. It consists of high school, college aged-youth, and adult professionals who are Anytown graduates and adults from diverse career backgrounds and life experiences. Staff receive over 30 hours of extensive training prior to Anytown.
There will be a bus leaving from Phoenix on Sunday, July 19th, 2021. The exact location and time will be sent to you prior to that date. The bus will be bringing students back on Saturday, July 25th. Parents can also opt to drive their students though delegates are not permitted to drive to Anytown and park a car there for the week.
Once you register, we will give you a list of the basics. Be sure to bring enough clothes for 6 days. You will need shower shoes and closed-toe shoes. You must bring your own bedding (a sleeping bag works great), towels and toiletries.
One of the special programs during Anytown is “Culture Night” when we share and appreciate our heritages with cultural singing, dancing, clothing, objects and customs. Please bring whatever you can to share with everyone. Some examples are quinceanera dresses, native clothing and artifacts, menorahs, kepahs, pictures, music, quotations and readings. Songs and dances that are part of your culture are also very special to share at Anytown. We also have a program for sharing and learning about our faiths. Please bring reference materials and religious objects to share and better understand each other.
No. Delegates are not allowed to bring a cell phone. Designated ANYTOWN staff members will have cell phones for emergencies.
Parents/guardians can reach the Anytown Director(s) in case of an emergency. Students will not call home to let you know that they have arrived safely, but Anytown will update our Facebook page to let you know when delegates have arrived. You are welcome to check our social-media for regular updates. Families are encouraged to write emails to their students which will be distributed daily. Once the delegate has been accepted at attend ANYTOWN, we’ll provide you with email address and emergency contact number.
One of Anytown's primary goals is to build a community through group interaction. Cell phones are a distraction, and we don’t want the disruption and isolation from the group that cell phones bring.
We do not allow weapons, tobacco products, alcohol or other drugs at ANYTOWN. In addition, we do not permit cell phones, tablets or iPads, or other electronic devices. These items are distracting and cause some people to isolate themselves from the rest of the group.
One adult advisor at each session of ANYTOWN is a medical professional (nurse or paramedic) who will speak with the student about any health issues and their medication schedule at the beginning of Anytown.. They will decide together if the student will keep the medicine or if the medical advisor will keep it for them. All medical information is kept confidential. Have the medication ready to present at check-in before boarding the bus.
Everyone gets three big meals and snacks throughout the day. There is no need to bring additional money unless delegates would like to purchase items from the Mingus Mountain camp store.
We will have a brief informational meeting immediately after the bus leaves. Please inform the person who brings you to the bus know that they need to allow about 20 minutes for that orientation. If you are a delegate being driven directly to the Mingus Mountain Camp & Retreat Center, your driver will need to call Anytown Camp Director sometime during the week before Anytown.
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