The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. Celebrating the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations
NCCJ emphasizes educational programs that address what we believe to be one of the world’s greatest challenges – bridging fundamental differences and promoting understanding among social groups.
NCCJ’s youth educational programs begin with NCCJ BRIDGES, a two-day prejudice reduction program that helps middle and high school students understand the origins and effects of prejudice, confront their own prejudicial beliefs, and recognize the harmful effects of stereotypes. Based on their learning, they move on to develop youth lead strategies to promote understanding and respect throughout their schools and communities.
NCCJ ANYTOWN continues the process with a yearlong program that begins with a 6-day camp held twice a year in August and October. NCCJ ANYTOWN brings together a diverse group of youth aged 14 – 18 where students examine the many areas of social justice and learn about the many “isms” present in our society: racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism. Students learn practical and communicative skills needed to address and eliminate discrimination and become effective leaders in our global society.
The third stage of the process is the Youth Action Coalition (YAC), where students mentor and lead one another in making positive changes in their schools and communities by developing their advocacy, leadership and organizing skills. The group meets after school throughout the year for additional workshops, training, support by NCCJ staff.
NCCJ’s adult programs focus on transforming communities to make them more just and inclusive for all. Through community development programming, inter-religious programming and workplace diversity training, NCCJ promotes understanding and respect for all races, religions and cultures in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and houses of worship.