Coronavirus and NCCJ

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 has presented 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. To continue serving our community (you!) and reach you where you are, we’ve adapted many of our in-school and workplace programs for virtual delivery.

Keep an eye on our blog or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on what NCCJ is doing – and how you can get involved.

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 June 24, 2020**

Regretfully, we have decided to cancel ANYTOWN 2020. 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 this summer while ensuring the safety of our delegates, our volunteers, and our staff.

Meanwhile, we are working on an option for alternative summer programming. 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:

  • Request a full refund of all payments.
  • Instead of requesting a refund, you can also withdraw your application and convert your payment into a tax-deductible donation to NCCJ.
  • Alternatively, if your student is eligible for ANYTOWN 2021, you can apply your payment and save their spot for next year. It’s your choice.

Questions or concerns? Email director of administration Alison Whitman Jones, or call 336-272-0359 x 130.

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

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 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.

If you can, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support NCCJ’s work (click here.)

How can I stay connected to NCCJ?

The best way to receive regular NCCJ updates is through our monthly e-newsletter (sign up at the bottom of this page) or through social media. We have an active presence on Facebook and Instagram.

Resources for Parents & Guardians

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:



Follow our blog for regular updates and additional resources.