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.


PreventConnect’s 2015 Web Conference series (beginning February 26)

PreventConnect is pleased to announce the 2015 series of web conferences!

This year’s series is titled Making Connections, Honoring Communities. Partner Prevention Institute and invited guests speakers will join PreventConnect to talk about linking sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts to related efforts and movements, as well as strategies for creating healthy, thriving communities.

The first web conference of 2015 is “Using Popular Education to Engage Communities in Sexual Violence Prevention.”  It is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, from 2 PM to 3:30 PM EST.  Topics will encompass the basic principles and practices of popular education, as well as identifying ways to engage communities in sexual violence prevention through popular education.

Guest speakers in this free web conference will be Roberto Tijerina, a trainer at the Wayside Center for Popular Education; Morgan J. Curtis, LMSW, Deputy Director at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA); and Tim Love, Prevention Program Director at TAASA.  All interested participants can register by clicking on this link, and for updates on the rest of this year’s web conference series, stay tuned by checking back at PreventConnect’s 2015 Web Conference Series page!



Testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

On July 8, many professionals and concerned citizens gave testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension.  One such individual was Jeneé Littrell, an assistant principal within the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego, CA.  For the past 6 years, much of Mrs. Littrell’s focus has been on the issue of child sex trafficking.

Partnered with local law enforcement, child welfare, and social services, Mrs. Littrell has spearheaded a program that deals with four major components:

  • Increased staff awareness and education on the indicators and the nature of the crime of child sex trafficking
  • Increased parent/student awareness of the risks and realities of trafficking
  • Clearly articulated district policy and protocol for identifying suspected victims or responding to disclosure from a suspected victim
  • Strong working partnerships with law enforcement, child welfare, probation, and social service agencies

Mrs. Littrell stressed that school systems across the country need to be trained on identification and response to the crime.  “In many cases,” she states, “the adults on campus are the last responsible adults to touch these young people’s lives before they are victimized or lost to this crime.

You can download and read a transcript of Mrs. Littrell’s full testimony by clicking on the PDF link below.




Two possible job opportunities: Wilmington and Raleigh

Shelter Advocate, Wilmington, NC (posted 4/28/13 on

A non-profit organization in Wilmington, who wishes to remain anonymous, is seeking a part-time shelter advocate.  This job may have varying hours, including overnight.  If anyone is interested, please mail your résumé– postmarked by May 6) to the following address:

Vacancy, Domestic Violence

Shelter & Services, Inc

P.O. Box 1555

Wilmington, NC 28402

This organization is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).  No phone calls/No walk-ins.

Rape Prevention Education Coordinator, NC State University (posted 4/23/13 on

The NC State University community is seeking a part-time employee as a rape prevention education coordinator.  The Rape Prevention Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating educational programming for students, faculty, and staff related to primary prevention of sexual violence.

Duties will include, among others, developing/implementing primary prevention of sexual assault programs using best practices, teaching a 3-credit hour course training Peer Educators, and serving as a resource to individual students and student groups interested in sexual violence issues on campus.

Minimum education requirements are a Master’s degree (or higher) in psychology, women’s and gender studies, social work, higher education, or related field required, and the position requires thorough understanding of interpersonal violence and ability to work with a diverse array of survivors and advocates, both male and female.

The NC State Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy, and leadership for the campus community.  The NC State Women’s Center is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).  To apply for this position, please visit