Free training on trauma-informed care (December 12)

The South Carolina STOP Human Trafficking Meetup Group is holding a free training on the core competencies of trauma-informed care.  The training will be held beginning at 8:30 AM on Friday, December 12, at the Laurens City Town Hall in Laurens, SC.

This training will provide a detailed explanation of trauma-informed care for agencies and 0rganizations that serve children, adolescents, and their families.  It will provide the model for how everyone can respond to children, adolescents, and families who have encountered traumatic events.  The core requirements covered in the training are as followed:  communication, criminal justice system/court procedures, ethics and confidentiality, and specialized training.

For more information and to register for this free training, you can download a PDF at the following link: Flyer.pdf.  If you work with families and children, this will be a great opportunity to learn procedures about caring for those who have experienced trauma.  It will also be helpful in combating the issue of domestic violence, and SC STOP Human Trafficking hopes this and future trainings will create a culture shift in order to ultimately prevent domestic violence and human trafficking within our communities!

#GivingTuesday, a national day of giving (December 2)

#GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique group of partners- charities, families, businesses- to transform how we think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.  Taking place on December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back in better and smarter ways.  You can take this opportunity to go to your social media accounts and create a national moment of giving!

One of PATH NC’s partners, On Eagles Wings Ministries has developed a Generous Hearts toolkit in preparation for #GivingTuesday.  You can also find other kits for schools, businesses, and social media ambassadors at

There are a number of actions individuals can take on December 2, #GivingTuesday.  For example, you can go to your social media accounts and upload an “UNSelfie“, a picture of yourself with a card explaining why you will be giving this season.  Other actions you can take include holding a neighborhood bake sale and hosting an awareness night at your local church or community center.

In contrast to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday will work to express the true meaning of the holiday season:  giving to others.  Every action you take in support of this effort will show why giving is important, and it will impel others to join!  For more information about the #GivingTuesday movement, you can contact Brenda Emmons at

Secondary on the Horizon (November 15)

The Wake County Public School System is offering Parent Academy, a series of classes, workshops, and events to help families engage with the school system and positively contribute to their child’s academic and social success.  Families who attend Parent Academy events will gain invaluable knowledge to help their kids from day one of kindergarten all the way to college preparation.  All events are free and open to the public.

The next event is a summit called “Secondary on the Horizon.”  This is an invitation for rising middle and high school students and their parents to gain knowledge and support for the transition between middle and high school.  This event will also contain valuable resources about college-related topics, such as admission, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.

The Secondary on the Horizon summit will be on Saturday, November 15, beginning at 9 AM.  The event will be on the campus of Millbrook High School (2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh).  A free continental breakfast will be provided by New York Life, and workshops will be offered both in English and in Spanish.

Attached below, you can download an event flyer in English and in Spanish.

2014 PA Summit Flyer

2014 PA Summit Flyer_Spanish

Make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls (October 25)

Saturday, October 25, is Orange Day, and UN Women would like you to take action!

October’s focus is on safe and empowering public places with and for women and girls.  Sexual harassment and sexual violence in public spaces – on the streets, on public transport, in parks, in schools, in the workplace, etc. – is an everyday reality for women and girls around the world.  There are few laws in place that actually address this issue and punish offenders.

This Saturday, you can take action to shed light on the issue.  UN Women offers some specific actions:

  • Organize a discussion with members of your community on the opportunities that safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls can bring.  Talk about how the issues that can affect women and girls’ rights to public spaces can be addressed in partnership with local groups, such as municipal governments, grassroots organizations, youth, media, research organizations, and others.
  • Share information with your municipality on tools and strategies that can make public spaces gender sensitive and safe for all.  UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Initiative is a great resource for these strategies!
  • Share your messages for ending violence against women and girls in public places at and at

Be sure to download a copy of UN Women’s press release detailing the messages and actions you can take on October 25.  On this upcoming Orange Day, prioritize making public spaces safer for women and girls!

Upcoming UN Women Meetup (October 19)

The North Carolina chapter of UN Women is having a monthly meetup on Sunday, October 19, from 2-3:30 PM.  The event will take place on the second floor of the Cameron Village Library (1930 Clark Avenue) in downtown Raleigh.

Beverly Goll Yekeson of the Liberia Crisis Center will be attending the meeting.  She will discuss her work and provide perspective on the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa.  Attendees of Sunday’s meeting will also have the chance to explore volunteer opportunities with UN Women.

For more information about the UN Women meetup and other events, please visit the NC chapter’s website at

Harbor’s Walk the Track in Her Shoes (October 11)

Harbor, Inc., is Johnston County’s only agency assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Come join them for their Walk the Track in Her Shoes event on October 11 in Smithfield!

Everyone is invited to participate in the walk!  This is a family-friendly event, and it is also a major fundraiser for Harbor, Inc.  The event will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 11, at Smithfield-Selma High School, which is located at 700 Booker Dairy Rd in Smithfield.  Registration fee is $20 per walker.  Proceeds generated by the walk will go toward funding Harbor’s emergency shelter, as well as court advocacy, children’s programs, sexual assault support, housing assistance, and new choices programs within Johnston County.  Download this PDF form for more event information and walker registration.

Harbor is also looking for potential sponsors for this event.  If you or your company would like to be a sponsor, please complete this sponsorship form by October 3, and send the completed form via email to, or via mail to Harbor, Inc., PO Box 1903, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Youth Justice Awareness Month kicks off this week!

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

The campaign invites you to recognize October as Youth Justice Awareness Month.  This is a great opportunity for communities to learn about and expose the consequences of 16- and 17-year-olds being processed in an adult court system instead of through a juvenile court system.

This year’s theme is “The Consequences are Not Minor.”  Over the next few weeks, various issues will be visited, such as racial and ethnic disparities.  The Campaign for Youth Justice will also highlight organizations that are working to end minors being processed through adult court systems.

Be sure to follow the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming information on events throughout the month!