A CALL TO MEN 2015 National Conference (Sept. 10 and 11)

Sponsored in part by the Carolina Panthers and the NFL, A CALL TO MEN will be holding its annual national conference in Charlotte this year.  The event, titled “Sports Culture:  Advancing its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel (3315 Scott Futrell Drive) in Charlotte.

Topics covered at the conference will include coaching healthy respectful manhood, trafficking and major sporting events, addressing violence against women in the entertainment/music industry, the role of faith communities in domestic violence prevention, and many more.  Presenters at the two-day event will include Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder of the Representation Project; Rachel Lloyd, founder/CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services; Lynn Rosenthal, former White House advisor on violence against women; and Mildred Muhammad, author and domestic abuse survivor.

To register for this event, please visit the EventBrite page at actm2015nationalconference.eventbrite.com.  For any additional questions, please contact Danielle Erwin at Danielle@acalltomen.org.

A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. The organization’s aim is to shift social norms that negatively impact our culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood.


Wake County Childhood Injury/Violence Prevention Networking Event (June 18)

Join us for the 2nd Annual Wake County Childhood Injury and Violence Prevention Networking Event!  It will take place on Thursday, June 18, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Local Government Federal Credit Union Conference Center (323 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh.

The event is the official launch of the Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) – supported by the John Rex Endowment.  The SKIPP Project will provide networking and training opportunities to injury and violence prevention practitioners who serve children and youth in Wake County.

Keynote speaker Alan Dellapenna, Jr., is the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Head of the NC Division of Public Health.  He will share insights on how the field of injury and violence prevention has grown over the years, as well as discussing statewide efforts on the issue.  Break-out sessions during the event will also allow attendees to network and share with others about applying evidence-informed strategies to prevent child and youth injury.

This event is free, but space is limited.  Anyone interested in attending should register by June 11 at the following link:  https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezyrBIj0v5GC1UN.  For more information, please contact Robert LeTourneau at robert_letourneau@unc.edu.

Two free webcasts: “How are Our Kids Doing?” (May 12)

On Tuesday, May 12, there will be two free webcasts about children and education.

Webcast #1 will be the release of the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report at 9 AM.  A major goal is for the United States to graduate 90 percent of our high school students by 2020.  The rate has steadily increased, from 79 percent in 2011, to 80 percent in 2012, to 81.4 percent in 2013.  Progress, though, is uneven across communities, states, and social groups.  Researchers behind this report will present key findings and discuss what it will take to reach the 2020 goal of 90 percent graduation.  Register for the free webcast at this link!

Webcast #2 will be a discussion of “The American Dream and Our Kids,” beginning at 1 PM.  Join America’s Promise Alliance founding chair Gen. Colin L. Powell and Harvard University professor and author Dr. Robert Putnam as they discuss opportunity gaps along the pathway to the American Dream and what can be done to fix them.  Register for the free webcast at this link!

The webcasts are free, but space is limited, so please register at the supplied links.  On May 12, be sure to join the conversation and share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #GradNation.

JLR Conference (May 2)

The Junior League of Raleigh is hosting its second annual Empowering Women’s Conference.  The conference will be on Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at the Center for Community Leadership (711 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

The keynote speaker of the event will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.  Established in Charlotte in 1996, this non-profit organization provides young girls with the necessary skills to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences.  Girls on the Run is now in over 200 cities across North America, thanks to the help of over 120,000 volunteers!

The JLR conference on May 2 is a free event, and complimentary breakfast and lunch are included.  Anyone interested in attending may register at www.jlraleigh.org.

SEAHEC Workshop on Human Trafficking (April 20)

The South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) in Wilmington is offering a one-day workshop on human trafficking.  This workshop will address its prevalence, characteristics of victims, and resources available for referral and treatment.

The target audience of this workshop is psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, and any other professional within the field of health.  Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should be able to identify the characteristics of a human trafficking victim, identify state laws pertaining to victims and perpetrators, recognize health care needs of victims, and list community resources available to victims and professionals.

The workshop will take place on Monday, April 20, from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM at SEAHEC (2511 Delaney Avenue) in Wilmington.  This course offers professional health care credits, such as 5 contact hours, 5 nursing contact hours, the Category A NC Psychology Credit, and 5 hours of the National Board for Certified Counselors Credit.

An event flyer and registration form are supplied here in this PDF file.  Interested participants may also register online at SEAHEC’s event page.  For more event information, please contact Amanda Miller at (910) 667-9348 or at Amanda.miller@seahec.net.

Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking (March 31)

An anti-trafficking event “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking” will take place on UNC-Wilmington’s campus on Tuesday, March 31 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The event is open to the public, and it will take place at the Warwick Center Ballroom on UNCW’s campus (601 S. College Rd) in Wilmington.  Activities at the event include a special presentation from Five14 Revolution, a screening of the documentary “Not My Life,” and a discussion.  Notable speakers include New Hanover County assistant district attorney Lindsey Roberson, the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons, and Detective William Campbell of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is a link to the event flyer.  Feel free to send it to all interested individuals!

Anti- Human Trafficking event poster

If you would like to attend, be sure to join the event on its Facebook page.  Also stay tuned for an information packet, providing materials such as campus maps, reserved parking locations, temporary parking passes, and an itinerary of the day’s events!

North Carolina Community Based Ministry Café training (March 14)

The Wesleyan Church, in partnership with the Christian Community Development Association, is providing a Community Based Ministry Café in Greensboro on Saturday, March 14.  This is a one-day training for pastors, leaders, and organizers who are interested in reaching and transforming their communities.  Key objectives of this event include training from well-seasoned leaders, networking with other leaders, strategic planning, and a discussion of current trends, issues, and best practices.

The event will take place on Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Christ Wesleyan Church (2400 S. Holden Road) in Greensboro.  Registration of $10 per person includes lunch, materials, and resources.  Interested participants should visit www.wesleyan.org/nccafe in order to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dustin Wilson at pastordust@gmail.com or Shawna Amit at amits@wesleyan.org.