Notes of Change
Click here to read excerpts of letters that ANYTOWN delegates wrote to their high school principals.
Click here to read comments from 2012 ANYTOWN delegates
“I feel like a different person.
My whole mindset about
everything has changed and
I know how to solve problems.
I’m going to try to be the
role model and show everyone
that segregation is wrong and
that it is OK to have different
friends from different ethnicities
and different religions. And if everybody sees that I can do it,
then maybe it can make a
difference in their lives.”
— Briana, ANYTOWN 2011 delegate
“My daughter seemed to have a glow after ANYTOWN. She had a better direction. She told me, 'I am so truly blessed, I really want to make a difference.' And she has changed what she wants to do.” — Dave Caccamo, ANYTOWN parent, 2010
"NCCJ's formula for bringing our students together today will pay great dividends in building stronger and more prosperous communities in the near future."— Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis
"Serving as a counselor at ANYTOWN was, hands down, the best single experience of the whole year for me." — Ivan, NCCJ board member, ANYTOWN volunteer
“I couldn't dream of life without being a part of NCCJ.”
— Amber Lowe, ANYTOWN delegate and youth ambassador
“I learned not to fear the future—but to embrace it even if you think you’re not ready for it. I learned to be myself."
— Derrick, Southeast Guilford High School
“ANYTOWN is a community in love. It’s such a beautiful experience. I now have a great sense of pride in myself. I know that I am strong enough to face the world and make it a better place.”
—Ashley, High Point Central High
“The ANYTOWN experience instilled confidence in our son, something he's had difficulty finding in other places. He described it as a place where everyone is welcome. In that environment, he identified some of his gifts and talents that until now, he has been challenged to explore. We are grateful and excited about the impact of this experience for him and other young people."
— Cathy and Buck Cochran
"I just wanted to let you know how much Briana enjoyed her ANYTOWN experience! She can't stop talking about it. On Saturday she said she wished she were still there. Many times parents encourage their kids to do things that you never imagine both would agree were good experiences and are excited about. I don't know what you all did during that week’s time, but she says she's a different person. Let me just say...whatever you all are doing keep up the good work! It sounds phenomenal!"
— Iris Austin, ANYTOWN 2010 parent