Community Programs

Community programs that bring us all together

We work alongside our community members to tackle tough issues and foster positive change. NCCJ’s community programs create opportunities for dialogue between diverse groups and inform the broader community about our work and our mission to fight bias, bigotry, and racism and build a more just and compassionate community.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually all of NCCJ’s programming is now happening online. Keep scrolling for recordings of some past programs, and know that we are working to make more of our community programming accessible for you to watch at your convenience.

29-Day Reset: A Social Justice Journey

NCCJ’s 29-day Reset encourages you to make time and space for learning, unlearning, and rediscovering more effective social justice habits – including self-care and reflection.

After you sign up, we’ll email you a daily task each day until you finish the series. We’ll dig into aspects of social justice like racial equity, gender equality, and the power of language. Each topic has been carefully picked by NCCJ Ambassadors, teen graduates of programs like ANYTOWN and STARR who care about building a community that’s more inclusive for all of us – not just some of us.

5 Community Practices for more respectful, effective conversations

To build the future we envision – a future where every community is a place of promise with opportunity and justice for all – we must all learn to engage with each other. If we can’t talk to each other with civility and respect, we won’t be able to find the common ground we need to live and work together.

That’s why NCCJ’s board of directors (a diverse group of people from across our community) invites you to join us in an initiative called Open Minds, Respectful Voices. It’s a set of 5 Community Practices that represent a commitment to engaging in more respectful dialogue and actively listening to understand others’ perspectives.

Part 1. Your Brain on Uncertainty: Why Checking Bias is Still Important in Times of Crisis (Recorded April 21, 2020)

In this program, we focus on how our brains help us process uncertainty, how that activates our biases and how we can slow down, process what is happening, and make decisions that align our practices with our values.

Part 2. The Power of Language: Standing By What You Say in Tough Times (Recorded April 28, 2020)

In times of uncertainty, our brain references past experiences to help us make sense of the world. Language gives humans the unique ability to collect experiences and pass them down through generations for the benefit and knowledge of others. This program explores the power of language; how its basis as an evolutionary trait means language is closely tied to how we think and feel; how our language impacts our actions, especially in times when the threat of disease is imminent; how language can fuel our biases; and ways that we can be mindful of the language we use to help us avoid “personal mission drift.”

Part 3. Developing Our Moral Imagination: Learning from the Past to Envision the Future (Recorded May 5, 2020)

This program has us learning from people that have experienced long term confinement. By reflecting on times where the future felt frightening or uncertain, we can gain insight about how we might maintain the hope necessary to foster and envision compassionate and innovative solutions to our communities’ social challenges.