Despite the obvious differences among them, a sentiment of solidarity was most apparent as the students’ families anxiously waited for the reunion. Although it had been a long, trying week for the high school students at the remote campground, they were happy, inspired and, most importantly, hopeful.
They gathered in YWCA Central Alabama’s gym for the closing ceremony of Anytown Alabama, a social justice teen leadership summit that challenges students to think beyond the familiar and create a more tolerant society for us all. Anytown is about bringing people to together for often-avoided discussions in a safe, welcoming setting. The experience is about breaking down barriers, discussing problems and contributing to solutions.