Camp Anytown is giving the world notice that #TheNextWave is coming. We are creating a new era and building up the next generation of leaders that will go further and faster and take the Anytown program to new heights.
#TheNextWave is more than a creative hash tag, it is a fearless declaration that we are going to change ourselves and our community for the better despite our age, color, creed, or any other variable.
Every two weeks, we partner with Make the Road Nevada and create a space for high school and college aged youth from different backgrounds to build power through group dialogue, interactive workshops, and civic engagement.
Our goal is to engage in cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different backgrounds, race, gender, and religion, at both the individual and institutional levels.
Mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue are important components of the work we do, they consitute important dimensions of a culture of peace. Since 2017, several Anytowners have been selected every year by URI North America to travel to the United Nations during World Interfaith Harmony Week. Anytowners have engaged in conversations about the connections between the United Nations and local interfaith work and shared the work we do with fellow youth/young adults doing interfaith work in North America.
On April 8th, 2019, Camp Anytown Las Vegas joined Make the Road Nevada and the Nevada Youth Activist Alliance for their inagurual NYAA Youth Activist Lobby Day in Carson City, NV.
Together, 200 youth activists marched toward Nevada’s state legislative building and met with their elected officials to inform them that they expect serious, bold, and immediate action on issues affecting their community.
Camp Anytown Las Vegas celebrates The Gold Rule every day by declaring and modeling through our actions to treat others without exception, absolute justice, equity, and respect.
“I am going to change the world by letting those around me know that they are not invisible, that they are loved, and they are included” – Shaun Mabanta
Camp Anytown is honored to be a part of the United Religions Initiative, the world’s largest global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network with more than 900 members in over 100 countries worldwide. URI cultivates and connects grassroots change-makers across religious, cultural and geographic boundaries, harnessing their collective power to take on religiously motivated violence and social, economic and environmental crises that destabilize regions and contribute to poverty.
Our Executive Director, Rico Ocampo serves on the URI North America Leaders Council and helps provide strategic direction and implements various programs and initiatives throughout Canada and the United States.