Our latest NCCJ Bulletin is on the topic of Neurodiversity, which covers a multitude of neurological differences including but not limited to: Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others. Neurodiversity has become the go to word for a large part of the autistic community. It strays away from the medical model of diagnosis, which was created for the convenience of the abled rather than the support of people with disabilities.
My name is Eric Betancourt and I'm one of the new Programs Managers with NCCJ. As someone who grew up in Hartford and went through the NCCJ Bridges and NCCJ ANYTOWN programs, I'm so happy to be back in a place where youth power is not only fostered and developed, but genuinely celebrated.
After what seemed like the snow-filled winter that would never end, spring is finally here. Our resilience paid off and we've made it through those long, cold winter days and nights.
And resilience is something that we celebrate at NCCJ. With all that's going on in the world -- the disheartening events in today's news -- we need to gather all of the strength, skills and support that we can. So today, let's take a moment to celebrate springtime together: enjoy the warmth, the flowers and the promise of sunnier days to come.
Our latest NCCJ Bulletin - to coincide with Women's History Month - is on the topic of Women’s Rights, the fundamental human rights that every person has when they’re born, and that cannot be taken away. They are no different than any other rights granted to any other group, but women and girls around the world are still being denied these natural rights because of their gender. The violation of these rights occurs at cultural, institutional, and individual levels. The goal of the Women’s Rights movement is to promote and achieve systematic and social equality of women to men.
We are very grateful to the SBM Charitable Foundation for its generous contribution in support of our youth programs.The Foundation's grant will help ensure that NCCJ can continue to deliver programs that empower young people, help overcome bias and bring people together.
The field of computer science is known for being predominantly male. The percentage of women working in computer science-related professions has steadily declined since the 1990s, dropping from 35% to 25% in the last 15 years. And though women now represent 47% of the workforce, as compared to 38% in the 1970s, only 12% of engineers are female.
The latest edition of Comcast Newsmakers, hosted by Eric Clemons, features NCCJ President & CEO, Cynthia Martin. Their conversation covers today's rise in hate crimes and NCCJ's programs, which are focused on creating greater levels of respect and overcoming bias. It's a great dialogue about an important topic and we encourage you to please watch and share!