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Just Communities Central Coast
updated: Apr 23, 2011, 8:30 AM
Changing lives, transforming communities, advancing justice.
Just Communities envisions an equitable and inclusive Central Coast where all people are connected, respected and valued.
Just Communities advances justice by building leadership, fostering change, and dismantling all forms of prejudice, discrimination and oppression.
Just Communities Central Coast is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers training to organizational leaders, education seminars for the general public, leadership training institutes for students and teachers, and customized consultation to local agencies for diversity and organizational change initiatives. Just Communities consciously works with people from a diverse cross-section of the community along the lines of race, income, gender, sexual orientation, age, and religious affiliation.
Just Communities Central Coast was established in 2001 as the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of California's Central Coast. NCCJ was first founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, a national non-profit organization whose objectives included promoting harmony among different groups, especially those separated by cultural features such as race, poverty, and religion.
In 2007, Just Communities Central Coast established itself as its own community-based organization and became a founding member of the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC). NFJC is a coalition of like-minded organizations working across America to bring the values of diversity, inclusion, and social justice to our communities, schools, workplaces and institutions.
Each year, Just Communities' CommUnity Leadership Institute prepares Central Coast high school students to understand injustice in the world and translate that understanding into positive action in their schools and communities. The eight day residential program is a unique opportunity where young people from diverse backgrounds explore their multifaceted identities, learn how to recognize and counter bias and gain advocacy skills and tools to bring back to their schools and communities.
Our Family Dialogue Program brings together a diverse group of parents and caregivers who don't often have the chance to collaborate to address issues of academic inequity and to improve student achievement. The nine-week bilingual (Spanish/English) dialogue program empowers a diverse group of parents and caregivers with knowledge about the academic achievement gap in local schools and offer tools and support to become leaders for equitable and effective education. At the close of the program, participants develop and present a concrete Action Plan to school and community leaders about how parents and guardians can work with the school to promote academic equity and student success. With the support of those school and community leaders, the parents then implement those plans.
Just Communities' Safe Schools Program is a two-day training (plus follow-up support) open to K-12 teachers, counselors, administrators, and high school students. The program combines experiential activities and dialogue to help participants understand the root causes of bullying and harassment and the many forms they take in schools, from individual actions to institutional discrimination. The program also provides the skills and tools necessary to create school environments in which students and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities can feel safe and supported.
Institute for Equity in Education is a 4.5-day residential, intensive training that provides educators, staff, parents, and community stakeholders with an opportunity to identify the root causes of and constructive strategies for addressing the achievement gaps that is exist in too many of our schools. This program helps participants develop the skills, tools, and resources necessary to create effective learning environments in which all students can succeed at the highest levels.
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