Are you a kick-ass youth activist? Nominate yourself or someone else for the 2012 NCCJ Youth Award!

20 Dec

2011 CT Youth Award Winner Lourdes "LuLu" Cruz giving her acceptance speech!

So you went to ANYTOWN, learned how to make the hippo smile, made friends of a lifetime, cried your eyes out, and to top it off you actually learned more about yourself, others, and our society in a week than you ever had before.

Then you went home, missed your ANYTOWN friends, stalked them on Facebook, wrote amazing things about how fantabulous the experience was in your college essay or on your Tumblr, and maybe even sucked up a little to Muneer so you can come back next year.  Then you went to school or you went to work or you went home.  You saw that prejudice is everywhere and not everyone knows it.  You heard offensive jokes, you saw people be mistreated, you heard sexist songs, and watched violent movies and tv shows that perpetuate all of this. You tried to say something, maybe you did say something.  Some listened to you and others dismissed you.

Then you missed ANYTOWN again, because at least there you felt safe.  You felt everyone heard and understood.  You felt like people were trying to build each other up than cut each other down.  So you went back to Facebook and stalked your ANYTOWN friends again.  After a little while you remembered that the reason you were chosen to attend ANYTOWN was because you had the potential to do something with what you learned.  You had the potential to build that safe space in your school and to teach others about prejudice and to be a role model in celebrating differences in others.

So you went back to your school, your home, your work, or other places that you spend a lot of time in and decided to make a change.

2011 Youth Award Winner Rosaline Abraham (center) with ANYTOWN friends Jennifer Hightower and Natalie Martell

And now, we (at NCCJ) want to celebrate YOU for making that change in your community.  Nominate yourself or SOMEONE else who you think has done something to bring the ANYTOWN values in their community.  We will pick two winners – one from Connecticut and one from Massachusetts who will then get to be recognized at our super glamorous Human Relations Banquets.  Fair warning, the winner gets a lot of hugs!

Here’s the nomination form.  Fill it out and either email the completed nomination form to Muneer Panjwani at or mail it at NCCJ 1095 Day Hill Road, ste 100, Windsor, CT 06095.

Best of Luck!


One Response to “Are you a kick-ass youth activist? Nominate yourself or someone else for the 2012 NCCJ Youth Award!”

  1. KarLaa February 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM #

    Also critical to this is wtheehr the announcement is actually involved in compensation to the station (or programmer which gets involved with the payola or plugola rules). If there is no compensation, there is no violation of this particular rule. Thus an announcer might be in an interview with someone and that person actually mentions that they are having a sale, or the qualities of a product. If that person did not provide remuneration (or items to the station) in exchange for this plug it passes the test. Public service announcements run without regard to compensation can have promotional language.Another exception is when the announcement is for the benefit of the station itself. Thus products being offered as premiums for contributions can be discussed and donors thanked. Thus in a fundraiser for the station these sorts of announcements are allowed.But an actual fundraiser for another entity cannot occur on the air. A substantial amount of time involved in raising money for non-station entities seems to be against FCC regs. Thus religious stations can’t run fundraising for the Church but only for the actual station operating expenses. A college station could not have an on-air fundraiser for the University. The licensees are not supposed to monetarily benefit from owning the non-commercial station. Ironically a commercial station COULD, and does. Furthermore a commercial station is actually encouraged to fundraise on-air for Non-Profit NGO’s this is considered public service. Weird and contradictory.And Church organizations (and others) should be careful about selling time to ministers (or others) that raise money on air for their own benefit. This gets back into the payola/plugola rules. But an employee or programmer should not be profiting personally by their presentation of on-air material on an Non-Comm. Station.

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