July 10-13, 2017 at Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Anytown has been hosted across the country by regional offices of the National Conference for Community and Justice. Kansas City youth last experienced Anytown in 2012. The time is never more pressing for KC youth to have the chance at attending Anytown again! Anytown-KC is an effort of a committed group of Kansas City volunteers with fundraising and program administrative experience and NCCJ St. Louis, who is the fiscal sponsor of this Kansas City-based project.
Anytown-KC is a 4-day residential program for high school youth who are interested in learning about social justice issues and practicing their leadership skills to help make their schools and communities more inclusive. During the program, youth stay on a local college campus and participate in facilitated dialogue groups, workshops, and experiential activities, to increase their understanding of themselves and respect for others. The program’s purpose is to inspire a young generation of leaders who are willing and ready to dismantle the multiple forms of privilege and oppression to create more just and inclusive communities.
Anytown-KC accepts applications from youth who live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and who will be in grades 10-12 for the 2017-18 school year, or are between the ages of 15-18. We encourage applications that reflect our holistic view of diversity with the following in mind: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief, political belief, socioeconomic status, immigration status, ability, high school and zip code. Download the Anytown-KC brochure here.
Anytown-KC is coordinated by a diverse group of committed volunteers, achieving a 1:3 ratio of adult volunteers and youth participants. Volunteers are from diverse backgrounds and life experiences with some prior knowledge of youth development and social justice community development. Volunteers must apply to be selected, participate in more than 36 hours of training, agree to a background check, and commit to being on-site for the entire week-long program to deliver the curriculum. There is no cost for being a volunteer; the expense of meals and lodging is offset by fundraising efforts.
Priority will be given to applications received by April 30, 2017, before the first training. The online application for volunteers is available at this link. Please feel free to contact us for more details about the training and other requirements.
In past years, many Anytown-KC graduates return to their schools to take on new leadership roles in student organizations and government. Others get involved with community-based organizations and city-wide initiatives, many of which are led by our volunteers. Students will learn about several opportunities throughout the week-long program.
Due to Anytown-KC being a completely volunteer-run effort, the generous gift of meeting space from our host Rockhurst University, and local fundraising efforts, we are able to make this opportunity available at a reduced price of $350 per participant. The registration cost includes meals provided during the week (3 meals for a full day), lodging, and program materials. Payment options are available, but the total must be paid at least 7 days prior to the week-long program.
Because we consider socio-economic status as an important component of diversity, we don’t want a young person to not apply because of difficulty with paying the registration fee. If this is your situation, please contact us to learn about scholarship opportunities. We hope to make scholarships available from the generosity of donors.
Applying for Anytown
Diversity is a priority for us, and we’ll review applications in order to select a diverse delegation for the 30 available slots. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by May 31, 2017, at which time an acceptance packet will be sent with further details about what to bring, etc. The online application will be available soon! Please note that you must complete the entire application in one sitting, and we suggest allowing yourself 30 minutes. The application requires a paragraph response describing why you want to attend Anytown-KC and how your attendance will positively affect your community.
Anytown-KC is a project of NCCJ St. Louis coordinated in partnership with a group of committed volunteers in Kansas City. For more information about attending the program, volunteering for the program, or making a financial gift, we can be reached at AnytownKC@gmail.com. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for a response.