I began with NCCJ over 20 years ago through attending Anytown. The values and lessons taught have carried me through my life thus far and impact my life daily. I infuse the messages of NCCJ in working with children in the community and with and my own children. Their impact resonates.
As a high school principal, I can qualitatively say NCCJ wa instrumental in changing the climate of the school. We had experienced a serious racial incident that tore the school apart. Following the incident NCCJ provided several unity days and a "Unitown" wherein we took a total of 180 students to an off-campus site to build leadership skills to fight racism, bigotry, and prejusdice. Angelo Kidd, Western region Superintendent of Guilford County schools.
NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad is an important and significant partner with Guilford County Schools, and we are most appreciative of the services and support NCCJ provides. NCCJ is very active in working with students and staff on creating more positive, supportive and inclusive school environments. School climate has a huge impact on student learning and achievement as wel as well-being. On a personal note, my daughter attended Any Town and is an active volunteer with the organization. NCCJ has increased her awareness of important community issues and has provided an avenue for getting involved in social justice advocacy. NCCJ has also provided a great network of other young people who are interested in and committed to fighting bias, bigotry and discrimination. Nora Carr, chief of staff, Guilford County Schools.