So you went to ANYTOWN, learned how to make the hippo smile, made friends of a lifetime, cried your eyes out, and to top it off you actually learned more about yourself, others, and our society in a week than you ever had before.
Then you went home, missed your ANYTOWN friends, stalked them on Facebook, wrote amazing things about how fantabulous the experience was in your college essay or on your Tumblr, and maybe even sucked up a little to Muneer so you can come back next year. Then you went to school or you went to work or you went home. You saw that prejudice is everywhere and not everyone knows it. You heard offensive jokes, you saw people be mistreated, you heard sexist songs, and watched violent movies and tv shows that perpetuate all of this. You tried to say something, maybe you did say something. Some listened to you and others dismissed you.
Then you missed ANYTOWN again, because at least there you felt safe. You felt everyone heard and understood. You felt like people were trying to build each other up than cut each other down. So you went back to Facebook and stalked your ANYTOWN friends again. After a little while you remembered that the reason you were chosen to attend ANYTOWN was because you had the potential to do something with what you learned. You had the potential to build that safe space in your school and to teach others about prejudice and to be a role model in celebrating differences in others.
So you went back to your school, your home, your work, or other places that you spend a lot of time in and decided to make a change.
And now, we (at NCCJ) want to celebrate YOU for making that change in your community. Nominate yourself or SOMEONE else who you think has done something to bring the ANYTOWN values in their community. We will pick two winners – one from Connecticut and one from Massachusetts who will then get to be recognized at our super glamorous Human Relations Banquets. Fair warning, the winner gets a lot of hugs!
Here’s the nomination form. Fill it out and either email the completed nomination form to Muneer Panjwani at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it at NCCJ 1095 Day Hill Road, ste 100, Windsor, CT 06095.
Best of Luck!