Community Tampa Bay’s vision is to end all forms of discrimination.

We work toward our ambitious vision by cultivating inclusive leaders to change communities through dialogue and cross-cultural interactions.

That means we give people the tools to have hard conversations with people who don’t look like them or who come from different backgrounds. And we empower them to build relationships based on understanding and mutual respect.

Our programs

  • Corporate Engagement Program

    Premiere corporate partnership program that combines employee education, family engagement, service and recognition in an annual corporate partnership package.
  • Professional Education

    Customized training that empowers youth and young-adult serving organizations and companies to create high-performing teams that effectively serve their diverse clientele.
  • Youth Adult Partnerships Volunteer Program

    Prepares youth and young adults for professional success as inclusive leaders. Training for volunteers includes 30 hours of development in four fundamental benchmarks of cultural agility that helps our volunteers provide top-notch service to Community Tampa Bay and also contributes to their professional and leadership development.
Our programs
  • Facilitating the Leadership of Youth

    Youth empowerment group dedicated to using youth voice to address issues affecting young people in our community.
  • Youth Leadership Conferences

    1-day mini ANYTOWN sessions, giving middle- and high-school aged students the opportunity to begin experiencing meaningful cross-cultural interactions and dialogue. These skills are the foundations for students to become inclusive leaders.

    5-day, 4-night residential conference for teens that gives them a framework for having hard conversations with people who don’t look like them and an understanding of why that’s important.

Our Team


Monte Hobley

Program Intern

 College Ambassador

Jenn Pic

Jenn Yeagley Russell

Executive Director

 Chief Connector


Sarah Ogdie

Program Director

 Experience Engineer

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Americorps Vista

VISTA Intern



Cet Mohamed-Moore

Development & Communications Coordinator

 Context Creator


Emma Makdessi

ANYTOWN Coordinator

 Transformation Facilitator


Dennis Lemmermann

Program Assistant

 The Captivator

Upcoming Projects

College Credit for Volunteer Service

Increasing college success by offering college credit for service.

Collaborative Healthcare Cohort

Collaborative partnership to address critical healthcare disparities.

Pathways to Understanding

Promoting meaningful interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Thank you for starting my life.

Ja’kia Simpson, ANYTOWN Graduate

I took a number of things from FLY: I took away new friends and ideas for inclusive living. Ideas that I’ve been able to apply to all aspects of my life…I truly grew to understand all people.

Sydnee Peterman, FLY Graduate

[At ANYTOWN] you will learn to understand humanity from a different point of view than the one you have. It is a place where you will feel understood and loved and you will get the opportunity to make others feel the same way.

Ana Gomez, ANYTOWN Graduate

Before Community Tampa Bay was in my life, I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t have confidence. I didn’t think I was capable of much. It wasn’t until I went to ANYTOWN that I actually began to feel like I was somebody and that I could make a difference in my community.

Stephanie Coates, CTB Intern & ANYTOWN Volunteer

ANYTOWN literally saved my life.

Jayson James, ANYTOWN Graduate & Volunteer

Words can’t express how grateful I am for this experience [at Community Tampa Bay]. I will forever be living the ANYTOWN mission and spirit.

Tom Earl, Volunteer & Former VISTA

I’ve learned so much about respecting my peers and people who might be different from myself. I’ve learned so much about myself. Let’s end discrimination together.

Donald Curry, ANYTOWN Graduate

Thanks to Community Tampa Bay, I have the skills to have dialogues and the passion to seek them out.  

Masatoshi Mochizuki, ANYTOWN Graduate & Volunteer

Our Latest Posts

  We’re best known for our summertime ANYTOWN program. But did you know that we transform lives at ANYTOWN and do so much more?   Race & Schools – Responding to Failure Factories: We were as concerned as you when we read the Tampa Bay Times’ series Failure Factories.We know that education and school reform is a complex business, but we’re committed to helping Pinellas County Schools (PCS) engage in hard conversations about

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We’ve just crossed the ten-year mark since Hurricane Katrina passed through New Orleans, leveling entire neighborhoods and displacing whole populations, including a disproportionate number of African-American families. Wendell Pierce, the actor best known for playing “Bunk” in The Wire who’s from New Orleans did an interview with NPR last week, reflecting on the last ten years of rebuilding in New Orleans. He talked about acting in a production of Waiting

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“Teachers were saying, ‘I don’t have the resources and training that I need,’” – from Failure Factories, Tampa Bay Times 8/14/2015   Over 90% of Pinellas County School (PCS) students who participate in our youth leadership conferences can both better recognize the impact of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and have learned techniques for reducing prejudice.   More than two-thirds of students from PCS schools whom we serve increase their social

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Participants that increase their comfort in facilitating dialogue, a key hallmark of prejudice reduction.


Participants that can recognize stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination


Experienced meaningful cross-cultural interactions.


Increased their civic engagement and/or social responsibility.

Our donors say

Rev. Debbie Moss, Unity of Tampa, CTB Donor,

September 8, 2015
I want to thank you and everyone at Community Tampa Bay for the great work you do to turn teens around by eliminating racism and prejudice of all kind. You and all the members of your team are making a real solid, positive difference in the world!

Margie Green, Rothman Family Foundation & Kane’s Furniture, CTB Donor,

September 8, 2015
ANYTOWN was a life changer for me, as well.
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Rick Bennett, Florida Blue, CTB Event Sponsor,

September 8, 2015
It was great that [Florida Blue] was part of such a great event! I loved learning more about Community Tampa Bay.
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