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.


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.

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014 (September 21)

Sunday, September 21, is La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014!

La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates Latino art and culture, informs participants about local services and issues, and encourages participants to take community action. The event showcases popular folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities, and Latin American cuisines.

The event will be on Sunday from 12 noon until 7 PM at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  For a list of confirmed participants and vendors, a general map of La Fiesta del Pueblo, and a map for free parking in the downtown area, please click on the following link at elpueblo.org/eng/la-fiesta-del-pueblo-2014.

Child and Family Day (June 10)

Save the date for Child and Family Day, tomorrow (June 10) at the NC Legislature.  The main event will occur on the Halifax Mall (16 W. Jones St) in downtown Raleigh.

Registration on-site begins at 9:30 AM, and the program begins at 10:00.  You can RSVP online here.

Child and Family Day is sponsored by NC Child, YES! (Youth Empowered Solutions), NC MomsRising, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out (SaySo), Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the North Carolina Child Care Coalition, and the North Carolina Partnership for Children.  The program is open to children, youth, parents, advocates, and everyone else who cares about children and our future!  Child and Family Day will include great speakers, advocacy workshops, visits to legislators, family games, and snacks/refreshments.  Again, this event is tomorrow, so RSVP today!

Raleigh man charged with rape, pimping a minor

(From a WRAL.com news brief, posted on 4/5/14)

A Raleigh man was arrested on Thursday, Apr. 3, after authorities issued multiple warrants.  23-year-old Keon Tucker faces charges of rape, promotion of prostitution, and trafficking of a child victim for an attack on a 15-year-old girl.

The warrants for Tucker’s arrest say he engaged in intercourse with the girl, and he also tried to encourage her to participate in prostitution.  Tucker’s bond was set at over $2 million.

Bands4Good 2013 Music Festival (December 8)

The Doing Good Network presents The BANDS4GOOD 2013 Music Festival & Live Concert Event.  This event will take place on Sunday, December 8 at the Lincoln Theatre (126 E. Cabarrus Street) in downtown Raleigh.  Doors open at 12:30, and the event runs from 2 PM to 6 PM.

The concert will showcase Music with a Mission, live music and special guests in a salute to NC veterans and military and the nonprofits that serve them.   One of the artists invited to perform at the event is Emma Goodwin, a student at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy.  She wrote her song as a way to educate others about human trafficking.

Please support Emma and the rest of the cause-inspired musicians by coming to the Lincoln Theatre this Sunday!  Find out more about the concert and each of the musicians by visiting http://bands4good.com/platform.  You can also purchase tickets to Sunday’s event by clicking on this link.

Come join us for a Free screening of “Not My Life” (October 26)

“We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.”

-Robert Bilheimer, director of “Not My Life”


Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world.  It generates over $32 billion a year in profits while victimizing countless, voiceless victims.  Half of the victims are children.

The International Affairs Council of NC (IACNC) is pleased to announce that Oscar-nominated documentarian Robert Bilheimer will join us on Saturday evening (10/26) for a free screening of his documentary “Not My Life.”  This film highlights the problem that is human trafficking and takes us to places where children are exploited every day through forced labor and servitude.  You can view a trailer for the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbforxDhrJ4.

This event will take place on October 26 from 5-8 PM.  Come join us at the American Institute of Architects building (14 East Peace Street), across from William Peace University.  Parking is on the east side of the building.  Stay for a post-film discussion with Mr. Bilheimer and learn about what we can do to stop child trafficking.