I am a proud alumni of the Class of 1992. I was selected as an alternate and got a chance to go when someone could not attend. Boy am I grateful for the opportunity. It was hear that I learned to value the reference point of others. It transcended my life the way I looked at the human race and my ability and responsibility to interact. The program has obviously gotten a lot stronger over the past 20 years, and I find comfort in knowing that NCCJ is continuing to make diversity leaders in so many of our high school students in the Triad. Congrats!
-NC House of Representatives
I am a proud alumni of Anytown (Class of 1997), which would have never happened had my high school guidance counselor not convinced me to attend that summer. I figured it would get me out of the house for a week and it would look good on my college applications. It actually turned out to be an incredible life-changing experience and made me a better person for it. I learned alot about the values of inclusion and equality that week but I also learned alot about myself. I strongly encourage everyone to check out www.nccjtriad.org to learn more about how you can help create a more inclusive, respectful, and just community.
My teacher told me about anytown going into my sophomore year of high school and I went into it blind having no idea what it was about and then once I got their it completely changed my life. I've always been the type of person that is accepting of all and believes as human beings we can all find ways to connect but it just took it to another level. I often say if everybody in the world could go through anytown it would be a better world. I also would tell anybody that my family made me who I am today but anytown made me the man I'm proud to be. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't use some of the skills that anytown taught me. Not to mention that I met some lifelong friends in my time there. The impact that anytown/nccj has on the youth in our community is invaluable and it will forever be a group I stand up and fight for.
I was introduced to NCCJ when my mom told me I would be attending ANYTOWN, their flagship program. I was convinced my protests in the past and self-identification as an "ally" were enough to make me a good and conscious member of our diverse society. Once I attended ANYTOWN, I realized that I may have recognized privilege, but accepting my privilege and understanding how it impacts myself and others is the first step that must be made before I could be a true ally and a truly involved citizen of of our society. NCCJ has a staff that has a true passion for enlightenment of the youth and has programs that highlight fundamental issues in our society and teach youth how to counteract these issues. I went to ANYTOWN over the summer of 2010 and volunteered over the 2012 and 2013 summer sessions as a counselor. I believe in NCCJ's mission and I believe NCCJ fights bias, bigotry, and racism and opens people's eyes to privilege effectively and passionately.
I was first introduced to NCCJ via their Anytown program in 2003. Even at 15 years old, I knew their mission was one worth supporting. For the past 10 years, I've watched the organization evolve and really make an impression on the community of Greensboro. They take steps to making this world a more decent place, and that is truly invaluable.
I am a teacher in Guilford County and have had the opportunity to work with NCCJ (and many of my students) through their ANYTOWN and ANYDAY programs. I have seen students change and grow because of their experiences at both. Students are challenged to not only look at how society looks at different things, but how their own preconceived notions of society affects how they interact with people. There have been such positive changes in my students who attend ANYTOWN or ANYDAY, so much so that my students are bringing not only learning from their experiences but integrating their new knowledge into our school Diversity club. These students seem to have a stronger sense of self and an awareness of their environment and interpersonal interactions, and it shows in their daily behavior.
The National Conference for Community and Justice, NCCJ, is an outstanding nonprofit organization that I have had the amazing pleasure of being a part for the last year and a half. My experience with NCCJ began in 2012 when I attended the week long human relations and leadership development summer camp, Anytown, as a delegate. There almost aren't enough words to describe how much fun I had with my fellow delegates! Learning, sharing and growing together with other youth from my community that I wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to interact with was incredible. I can proudly and confidential say that Anytown was the absolute BEST week of my life. As soon as the week was over I joined the ambassador program and helped lead youth conferences, discussion groups and Anydays for middle and elementary school students. This past summer I had the chance to work with NCCJ as a Anytown camp counselor which was the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced. Throughout my time with the organization I’ve become a true leader, owing all the credit to NCCJ. If you want to: gain life changing skills, positively get involved with your community and acquire friends for a life time become a part of the National Conference for Community and Justice!
I am the Graduation Coach at Northeast High School. Our Human Relations club has participated in several events with NCCJ. Each time our students attend an event, they are affected in such a positive manner. We always enjoy the relevant and lively sessions that challenge our students to think outside of the box of their pre-set mindsets. As an educator, I believe greatly in the work that NCCJ does and have witnessed on many occassions how students are motivated and blossom as a result of attending NCCJ events. We have had an opportunity for students to attend the summer ANYTOWN conference and the change that takes place in these students is short of a miracle. The students return home with a new found sense of self and the awareness exudes in their demeanor when they return to school in the Fall. I personally believe that NCCJ helps teens to navigate the challenges that come with transitioning into young adulthood.
As an advisor, I have the opportunity to work with various students at Gtcc Middle College @Jamestown. Each time that we have had training with NCCJ, we always seem to reap the benefits of knowing how to treat others with respect, gaining confidence in ourselves, including others in our space, and realizing it is not all about "ME!" NCCJ spreads a wealth of knowledge that can only have positive results, and I am proud to be a part of its message and organization. Keep up the the good work. Also, the leaders or instructors are just perfect to guide us to the "right" lessons that will not only help us today, but will prepare us later on in life. A life-changing experience!
I have been involved with NCCJ since 2011. My experience began as a delegate at the Anytown camp in the summer. That week was one of the most eye opening weeks I have ever experienced and it absolutely changed my life. Without a doubt, Anytown was the best thing that could have happened to me. After Anytown, I became involved with the Ambassador program. The program was great to help me continue what I learned at Anytown and give me an opportunity to become involved with my community and school, doing service learning projects and other volunteer work. In 2013, I was chosen to be a counselor at Anytown. I have been involved with NCCJ at many different levels. The staff members are fantastic and I always adore working with them. NCCJ is the greatest nonprofit organization around, if you ask me!