Community Tampa Bay, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Race

Location: 1499 Beach Drive SE Unit C St. Petersburg FL 33701 USA

Mission: Community Tampa Bay promotes dialogue and respect among all cultures, religions and races by cultivating leaders to change communities.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up in the extremely diverse city of Chicago, where I was lucky enough to meet and be friends with people from all kinds of unique backgrounds. Upon moving to the Tampa Bay Area, I realized I had taken diversity for granted. My fellow high school students hadn't even heard of my ethnicity. Thankfully, I learned about Community Tampa Bay's ANYTOWN program and decided to attend. Here, I found other teens and adults who were passionate about not only diversity, but about the overarching concept of social justice. I used to think I knew a lot about the social issues facing my community, but I had a lot to learn. ANYTOWN gave me the confidence to not only come out of my shell, but also to start advocating for change in my own school. I was able to witness so much change in other program participants as well; one of my co-participants even went on found a nonprofit for the benefit of differently-abled youth! I am fortunate enough to come back every year as a counselor for this program, and I get to watch 60 teens undergo a huge change in their attitude and lifestyle every time. Becoming involved with Community Tampa Bay taught me what passion for social change really looks like.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Tampa Bay is in a category by itself in terms of its programs' life-changing effect on the youths it serves. I know of no other youth leadership and diversity training program in the country--and I've volunteered for several--that so inspires and impacts teens at a critical point in their lives. Talk to any youth who has experienced ANYTOWN and your optimism in the future will be restored. I only wish more youth, in Tampa Bay and elsewhere, could benefit from ANYTOWN; it is an incredibly effective antidote to intolerance, discrimination and bigotry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to Anytown over this summer and had a GREAT time!! I went in with a negative attatude and really came out a new person. I learned how NOT to judge people based on how they look, beliefs, or class. And most of all I learned skills that will help me out through out my life. I am VERY thankful I went to Anytown. Now I volunteer at the Community Tampa Bay office!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2006, I attended Community Tampa Bay's ANYTOWN program as a delegate. It completely changed my perspective on the world. I learned to be much more open minded toward people who were different from me in any aspect of their social identity from race to religion to sexual orientation. I returned in 2008 as a volunteer counselor for the first time where I had the privilege of touching lives as mine was touched. I strongly believe that every student who walks into ANYTOWN walks out changed for the better. The experiential learning that it allows makes people not only sympathize for those who are different from them but also allows to empathize with them. I am proud to say that I am now working at the CTB office as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the summer. I spend so much of my time volunteering for CTB because I firmly believe that this organization makes measurable improvements toward the vision of creating a community free from all forms of discrimination.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing high school students make noticeable changes to their perspectives in a matter of 5 days. For example, I spent last week as a counselor at an ANYTOWN session (July 8-12), and I had one student come up and tell me that he used to believe that being gay was a choice, but after a workshop we did on homosexuality called "Coming Out Star", he no longer felt that way.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, not only have I met some AMAZING people who make me feel great about myself on a daily basis, even when I'm feeling down, I also am able to re-learn the lessons at every ANYTOWN session that I attend. No matter how many times I experience each workshop, something new always comes up and I hear a new perspective, idea, or quote that empowers and inspires me to take action

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The people who work with CTB and ANYTOWN are the most supportive group of people I've ever met. Any time I feel like I've made a mistake or I feel like I'm not making a difference, someone is immediately there for me to have a shoulder to cry on and to tell me that I AM making a difference and that I AM doing well. Regardless of how long I've known them, everyone is there for me whenever I need someone to lift up my spirits.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I loved it... it was very awesome getting to know alot of new beautiful people I didn't know before I came to Anytown. It was great really great.. I'm very happy o came to Anytown :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Even as a volunteer, I feel like a client served by this organization because of the continual development I experience through Community Tampa Bay's programming. Whenever I volunteer or attend program events, the staff is always welcoming and makes me feel absolutely appreciated while continuing to give me great feedback on how I can better serve their mission. I am always challenged with new questions, concepts, perspectives, and stories. When I volunteer with programs, I see an immediate impact on program participants who are challenged to engage in genuine cross-cultural dialogue and advocating for respect.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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