NCCJ Youth Programs

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NCCJ Youth Programs

NCCJ Youth programs incorporate youth and leadership development principles from a trauma-informed lens, social emotional learning, cultural competency, and includes restorative and transformative justice.

NCCJ ANYTOWN is a nationally recognized, award winning leadership and social justice program for youth ages 14-18. Founded in 1957, NCCJ ANYTOWN is designed to educate, liberate, and empower youth delegates to become effective, responsible leaders and community builders.

NCCJ ANYTOWN begins when a diverse group of high school students come together for a weeklong residential experience. Through interactive games, workshops, and discussions, delegates explore topics like prejudice, discrimination, and bias. Delegates create a model for an ideal community based on respect, understanding, and inclusivity, in which members not just tolerate, but celebrate each other’s differences.

It is the goal of NCCJ ANYTOWN to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to transform their home communities into places where individual differences are seen as positive tools that bring people together instead of keeping them apart.

Since the program’s inception, NCCJ ANYTOWN has empowered thousands of youth across America to create inclusive, just, and prejudice-free schools and communities.

NCCJ BRIDGES is a two-day leadership workshop presented in middle and high schools. Bridges helps participants cross over from a desire for change to making change. In this two-day intensive workshop, participants will learn how to harness their leadership skills to make the change they wish to see.  Each NCCJ Bridges program brings together up to 25 young people and up to 10 adults to learn, work, and grow towards improving their community.  When we can create a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, we can create a catalyst to a positive learning environment.

Throughout the two-day program, students will be engaged in interactive and thought-provoking activities. NCCJ will send two facilitators to deliver the program to the students and teachers.  The two-day period includes welcome and introductions, ice breaker activities.  We will go over the co-existence and intersectionality of social identities based on age, ability, body size, class, race, religion, sex, gender, and sexual orientation.  In addition, they will go over activities on how we treat people activities, ally-building activity, action continuum and youth action steps.


When there is an act of bias or hate, NCCJ speaks out…and we empower those we work with to find their voice for change.

Join, support, and add your name to building inclusive communities for all.

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