Max Restaurant Group and The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) are partnering for their annual fundraiser to support National Anti-Bullying day on Wednesday, November 3, 2016. Both Max Burger locations in West Hartford, CT and Longmeadow, MA will donate a portion of the day’s total proceeds to benefit NCCJ’s prejudice reducing, anti-bullying youth programs for middle and high school students throughout the region.
“We are honored to be a part of this event again this year and hope people come to Max Burger to show their support for this important cause,” said Max Restaurant Group Operations Manager Bobby Venetianer.
NCCJ works with middle and high schools through Connecticut and Western Massachusetts to promote inclusion and anti-bullying. Programs such as NCCJ BRIDGES, NCCJ ANYTOWN and the NCCJ Youth Action Coalition (YAC) share the knowledge and skills that students need to create school communities that are culturally safe, inclusive and welcoming spaces for all young people.
“The numbers are staggering: Bullying, the most common form of violence, affects 13 million youth annually, or nearly one-third of the school-age population in the U.S.,” said Dr. Andrea C. Kandel, President and CEO of NCCJ. “We work with youth to empower and educate them about the underlying social constructs of prejudice, bias, and bigotry that give this form of bullying its power. Our programs help middle-and-high school students master these concepts, become inclusive leaders, and effectively reduce bullying.”
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Policing Services (COPS) cites bullying due to one’s ethnicity, religion, class, real or perceived sexual orientation, and/or their abilities as the greatest problem affecting student’s sense of security in school and names it as perhaps the most underreported safety problem on American school campuses.
Through its work with varieties of communities, including schools, workplaces and other organizations, NCCJ’s mission to advance equality, promote justice and build communities that are respectful and just for all continues to gain momentum as the non-profit enters its 90th year.
Sponsor: Max Burger