ANYTOWN transforms young people into passionate leaders.
Each summer, our acclaimed youth leadership program gathers two diverse groups of high school students to spend a week in the mountains of western North Carolina. Together, they tackle tough topics like race, religion, and gender identity, learning to respectfully bridge their differences and build an inclusive community. Then they take what they’ve learned back home, making a difference in their schools and everywhere they go.
Make this summer one you’ll never forget. Apply now for ANYTOWN.
Click the link below to pay ANYTOWN registration and fees. Questions? Just email Alison or call 336-272-0359.
Thanks to our wonderful donors, money is never a barrier to attending ANYTOWN. Generous need-based tuition assistance is available for all applicants.
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Q: What is ANYTOWN?
ANYTOWN is a week-long human relations and leadership development program for rising 11th and 12th graders who live or go to school in Guilford County.
Q: What happens at ANYTOWN?
Interactive activities bring to life some of the tough social issues facing today’s world. These topics include racism, sexism, homophobia, interfaith relations, and cultural differences. There’s plenty of social and free time for delegates to relax and get to know one another.
Q: Why should I go to ANYTOWN?
ANYTOWN is an incredible opportunity to meet other students from all over Guilford County. You’ll learn how you can create positive change and build more inclusive communities. You’ll also earn 40 service learning hours for the week at ANYTOWN.
Q: Where is ANYTOWN held?
We hold ANYTOWN at the Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Tuition for ANYTOWN includes round-trip bus transportation to and from Smith High School in Greensboro.
Q: Who is on staff at ANYTOWN?
There are 12 peer counselors (college-aged students who went to ANYTOWN in high school), with one assigned to each cabin. Ten or more adult advisors stay in nearby cabins. The advisor staff includes a medical professional and a mental health professional. In addition, two adult co-directors oversee the entire week of ANYTOWN. All staff receive extensive training and must pass a background check before coming to ANYTOWN.
Q: How many people go to ANYTOWN?
About 68 delegates (high school students) attend each session. These delegates are diverse in race, culture, religion, school, and socio-economic background.
Q: How much does ANYTOWN cost?
ANYTOWN tuition and fees are $650. We offer generous tuition assistance.
Q: What do I need to bring?
We’ll provide a packing list once a delegate is accepted to attend ANYTOWN.
Q: Do delegates need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag, towels, etc.?
No. Everyone sleeps in cabins which have bunk beds with sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels furnished. (But if you prefer your own pillow or want large towels, feel free to bring those.)
Q: Will the delegates be spending a lot of time outside?
We’ll be in the mountains, but most of our time will be spent inside. There will be free time every day where delegates can be outside. Unlike other camps, there are no strenuous activities such as hikes, runs, swimming, etc.
Q: Will delegates be able to talk with their families while they are at ANYTOWN?
No. Delegates are not allowed to bring a cell phone. Designated ANYTOWN staff members will have cell phones for emergencies.
Q: What if parents/guardians must reach their student for an emergency?
Parents/guardians can reach the NCCJ director or the Blowing Rock Conference Center in case of an emergency. Students will not call home to let you know that they have arrived safely, but NCCJ will update our phone message and Facebook page to let you know when delegates have arrived. You are welcome to call NCCJ and check Facebook for regular updates and photos. Families are encouraged to write letters to their students. Once the delegate has been accepted at attend ANYTOWN, we’ll provide you with the mailing address, emergency phone number, and a number to call for ANYTOWN updates.
Q: Why aren’t cell phones allowed?
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.
Q: Are there any other things that aren’t allowed?
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.
Q: What if a student is taking prescription medicine?
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.
Q: Do I need to bring any money?
Everyone gets three big meals and two snacks per day. Snacks are also available for purchase during free time in the afternoon. Most students bring about $5 – $8 for these snacks. ANYTOWN sweatshirts are available for $25.
Q: Where can I keep up-to-date about ANYTOWN?
Connect with us here.