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 race and bias, so that we can do our part to make sure students of color do not slip through the cracks. Over the next seven months, we’ll be working with leaders, educators, support professionals, parents and students at five schools in the district, offering training and tools to address implicit and explicit bias aimed at ensuring our students of color receive the same quality classroom experience as their white peers. Next year, we aim to work with 20 schools, and at the end of three years, our goal is to work with every school in the district.
- Increasing Equity on College Campuses: Student movements at campuses across the nation from Mizzou to Yale are moving the needle on racial equity on campus. We’re actively building partnerships with local colleges and universities to offer full course credit for students who complete internships that include residential service at ANYTOWN. Through working with us, students learn how to advocate for increased equity and gain practical tools to interrupt bias. We are also working to provide training and education for college and university leadership, faculty and staff.
- Changing the Narrative about Muslim Cultures: This month, we’re launching Pathways to Understanding, a project in partnership with the award-winning Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program, that aims to promote dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Tampa Bay region. We’re releasing a publication as well as a series of youth conferences throughout the Bay Area to change the stereotypical narrative about our Muslim friends, neighbors and colleagues.
- Increasing Access for Students with Disabilities: Last summer, an Exceptional Students Education (ESE) consultant worked with us to build more access for students with intellectual and physical disabilities into our summer and year-round programs. Visual aids and a talking pen are just a couple of the cool enhancements we’re currently implementing!
- Advocating for Transgender Youth: Along with Equality Florida, we were recently tapped to meet with officials from Hillsborough County Schools on policies and protections for transgender students. As always, we advocated for making sure that impacted youth – in this case transgender students – have a voice in discussing, forming and implementing policies that directly impact them.
- CTB Staff Out and About: Dennis was a panelist at a recent Eckerd College Department of Women’s & Gender Studies event about the negative impact of hyper-masculinity; Sarah, who’s a Board member of the New Leaders’ Council (NLC) has been selected to be a Life Entrepreneur trainer for NLC trainings throughout the nation; and Jenn is serving as the Chair of the Host Committee for Equality Florida’s 2016 Tampa Gala.
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