We’re so glad you’re part of our community. We’re thinking about you and hoping you and your loved ones are safe and well.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new and unexpected challenges for all of us. NCCJ remains focused on our mission and the work that we know is deeply important to you: fighting bias, bigotry and racism; honoring diversity and promoting inclusion; and convening respectful community conversations.
Right now, we’re regrouping and figuring out how best to support students, families and educators and build community in this time of social distancing. We’re continuing to meet with our ANYTOWN Ambassadors virtually.
We’re also convening young people through our new 6-part series of Digital Teen Hangouts (click here to sign up.) This series was made possible thanks to support from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund.
In the meantime, keep scrolling for a FAQ (including current information about ANYTOWN), virtual community programs, and resources for parents, guardians and students.
Is NCCJ open?
Yes! All staff members are working remotely and can be reached directly via email and phone.
What is the status of ANYTOWN?
**Updated May 18, 2020**
Regretfully, we have decided to cancel ANYTOWN Session I (originally scheduled for June 21 – June 26). This was not an easy decision to make. However, with all things considered, we feel this decision is in everyone’s best interest. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to conduct an in-person ANYTOWN session so soon after restrictions have been relaxed while ensuring the safety of our delegates, our volunteers, and our staff.
While we are still planning to hold ANYTOWN Session II (July 12 – July 17), we will make a final decision by the first week of June. That decision will depend on 3 key criteria:
- North Carolina’s plan to re-open the state is unfolding as expected and public health officials have determined that it is safe to operate residential camps.
- Adequate and appropriate safety measures to protect our delegates have been established by our hosts at the Blowing Rock Conference Center.
- Program modifications necessary to protect our ANYTOWN staff and delegates can be made without compromising the integrity of the ANYTOWN experience.
Meanwhile, we are working on creative options for alternative summer programming in case those 3 benchmarks cannot be met by July and we are unable to hold Session II as planned.
While we don’t yet know what this summer will look like, we can promise that NCCJ will find a way to convene young people for meaningful programming that builds community and fosters respectful conversations across lines of difference (like race, religion and gender.)
Parents and guardians have several options for ANYTOWN tuition payments:
- For Session I (and Session II if it is canceled or postponed) or if you make the decision not to send your student to ANYTOWN this summer, we will fully refund all payments.
- Alternatively, if your student is eligible for ANYTOWN 2021, we can apply your payment and save your spot for next year. It’s your choice.
- Instead of requesting a refund, you can also withdraw your application and convert your payment into a tax-deductible donation to NCCJ.
Questions or concerns? Email director of administration Alison Whitman Jones, or call 336-272-0359 x 130.
What is the status of the Citation Award Dinner?
The Citation Award Dinner is still scheduled to take place on November 11, 2020 at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Click to learn more about the Dinner and get your tickets or table sponsorship. Questions? Contact our development director, Erika Rain Wilhite.
Can programs still be scheduled at this time?
Absolutely! NCCJ has programs on the calendar, and our team is happy to work with you to schedule a program for your institution. Contact executive director Ivan Canada to request a program.
How do I reschedule or cancel a program?
Contact your NCCJ staff liason (the person who originally scheduled your program) to reschedule or cancel your program. There will be no cost for any programs rescheduled or canceled as a result of COVID-19. If you do not know your staff liason, email email@example.com.
Is it possible to transition my program to a virtual option?
We are considering such requests on a case-by-case basis. Some NCCJ programs can be more easily adapted to an online platform than others, and we want to maintain the quality and integrity of our work. Contact your NCCJ staff liason (don’t know who that is? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore this possibility.
Does NCCJ still need my support?
Yes, definitely! While this moment presents new and unexpected challenges, NCCJ remains committed to our important mission of building more inclusive and respectful communities and fighting bias, bigotry and racism in all their forms. In particular, we stand with members of the Asian community who have faced increased marginalization and bigoted language. It is going to take ALL of us to get through this crisis, and we call upon leaders to model inclusive practices that do not unfairly or unjustly target others.
We also recognize that this moment amplifies long-standing inequities along lines of race, socio-economic status, and ability status. Even when we are not experiencing an emergency of this kind, it is clear that a person’s identity all-too-often influences their access, opportunity, and outcomes. NCCJ is committed to working ever more vigilantly to eliminate these injustices, and we look forward to partnering with all our neighbors to advance a more equitable, inclusive, and successful community.
Parents and Guardians: Facing an unprecedented, once-in-100-years pandemic, waves of unemployment, and the disruption of every system we have relied on to structure our lives, you’ve done what you always do when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds: adapted, regrouped, and pressed on. Have there been a few bumps and snags? Yes. Do we have all the answers? No, but do we ever?
As we continue to adapt to the world as it is, here are a few things that have helped us – and which we hope will help you – adjust to these unfamiliar circumstances: