Anytown Leadership Institute

Anytown Leadership Institute is a leadership experience for incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Anytown takes place at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and delegates stay in campus dormitories during the program.

At Anytown, delegates build an inclusive community based on mutual respect and understanding. Delegates of diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to meet people whom they would not otherwise meet, and they often develop lifelong friendships and connections.

During the program, delegates participate in a variety of workshops and activities that develop their awareness and skills to lead in a diverse society. In a respectful environment and guided by experienced staff, delegates have the opportunity to discuss topics such as bullying, racial discrimination, and gender stereotypes. Students also engage in action-planning for taking leadership on issues of inclusion and justice.

Over a thousand young leaders have graduated from the Anytown Leadership Institute since its inception in 1994. Anytown graduates represent a wide array of careers, including the arts, business, education, journalism, law, medicine, military and public service, scientific research, and social work.

What we cover at Anytown

  • College preparation
  • Career exploration
  • Leadership skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Interreligious understanding
  • Individual and systemic discrimination
  • Addressing prejudice and discrimination

What to expect at Anytown

Anytown covers serious topics, but in a supportive atmosphere where delegates make new friends, gain self-confidence and become stronger leaders. Anytown also features team-building activities, discussion groups, recreational time and a talent show.

Delegates & Staff

Anytown delegates represent a wide variety of racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

The Anytown staff is made up of experienced co-directors and adult advisors, who are community leaders with human relations and communications skills, as well as college-age counselors who are Anytown alumni. Counselors provide guidance and facilitate the week’s learning process.

Application Process

The Anytown selection process begins with the submission of an application and a letter of recommendation from an adult advisor involved in a leadership activity listed on the application.

The fee for attending Anytown Leadership Institute is $450, which includes round-trip bus transportation from Tulsa or Oklahoma City, meals and housing, workshop materials, and an Anytown T-shirt. Insurance is provided for the session. Scholarship assistance is available.

Anytown Testimonials

“This has been the best week of my life. THANKS, ANYTOWN!”

“It is an experience that you will ALWAYS remember.”

“I really want to share this experience with as many people as I can.”

“I had never known people to love me and treat me like family outside of my race before Anytown.”

“It is possible for different cultures to live in harmony. There is hope!”

“Anytown has taught me a lot about my own life and what I need to do to improve myself.”

“No one was afraid of anything. We came to Anytown divided, but left as one.”


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