Anytown has been hosted across the country by regional offices of the National Conference for Community and Justice. Kansas City had its first Anytown in 5 years in 2017. The time is never more pressing for KC youth to have the chance at attending Anytown again! AnytownKC 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.
AnytownKC is a 5-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.
AnytownKC accepts applications from youth who live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and who will be in grades 10-12 for the following school year, or are between the ages of 15-18, as well as those entering their freshman year of college. 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.
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. Acceptance into Anytown-KC requires an application in which students describe why they want to be a delegate at Anytown-KC and how they think the experience will positively affect them and their community.
AnytownKC 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.
AnytownKC is a completely volunteer-run effort. For 2019, a generous gift from the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence has allowed us to offer registration for students at a subsidized price of $350 per participant. The registration cost includes meals provided during the week (3 meals for a full day), lodging, and program materials.
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.
Please consider making a contribution to help pay the way for a student to attend.
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.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about being a delegate or volunteering at Anytown-KC.
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, please send us a message at AnytownKC@gmail.com. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for a response.