- The poverty rate is double for African Americans and Latinos.
- In the South 1 in 4 children live in poverty.
- One in four children experience a traumatic event.
- The Wells Fargo Foundation donates $2500 to the Success Coach program for 2015-16.
- Each year, NC spends $135,000 per child for youth detention and about $8000 per child for education.
- 66% of kids experience academic difficulties.
- 1 in 3 kids experience bullying.
- 61,423 kids are currently incarcerated.
- 75% of prisoners are high school dropouts.
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BreAnna Van Hook Named Teen Court Director
Teen Court is a diversion program designed for misdemeanor juvenile offenders who have no prior count record. Youth ages 12-19 make restitution for their offense through community service and educational opportunities. The program is designed to inform offenders about the court system, provide an alternative to traditional court, and allow the defendant to explain their involvement in the offense.
A peer jury works as an excellent diversion tool for offenders. The constructive sentence, handed down by peers, strongly states that breaking the law is not acceptable behavior. The Teen Court process begins when the Coordinator receives a referral from the Juvenile Services Intake Counselor or District Court. Once the case is deemed appropriate for Teen Court, the juvenile and his or her guardian shall be contacted. An intake interview will be conducted to explain program guidelines and ensure confidentiality. Participation in the program is voluntary and based on the understanding that the juvenile must admit guilt. Upon successful completion of all Teen Court requirements, the criminal charge is dismissed.
PNC Bank Funds College Tours for Middle School Students
PNC Bank has awarded CIS of Wayne $4,000 through the PNC Foundation for the purpose of providing college tours to students at the middle school level. Shown in the picture above are Nina Romero (Branch Sales and Service Representative), Wanda Harris (Branch Manager for PNC Bank on Spence Avenue), Selena Bennett (CIS Executive Director), and Robbin Lofton (Teller at PNC Bank on Spence Avenue). Students at Mount Olive Middle, Brogden Middle , and Grantham Middle will be provided college tour opportunities through this grant award.
A school supply drive for students in our community was recently conducted by Boy Scouts who are members of the select “Order of the Arrow.” Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and character traits are elected by their peers to be a member of this service organization within the Boy Scouts of America.
At the sectional conclave hosted by Nayawin Rar Lodge #296, 1400 Boy Scouts from across the state met at Camp Tuscarora for a three day event in May. Scouts from Wayne, Johnston, Sampson, and Duplin Counties participated in this event. They chose to conduct a school supply drive as a way of helping to meet the needs of students here in Wayne County. One thousand back packs were filled with school supplies for our students and donated to Communities in Schools of Wayne County for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign.
Wells Fargo Supports CIS “Success Coaches”
The Wells Fargo Foundation Supports the “Success Coach” Program with a $2500 donation for the 2015-2016 school year. CIS Wayne provides Success Coaches at 5 area schools. Pictured are Bill Keel (Board Member), Beverly Wallace-Wiggins (Board Treasurer), Selena Bennett (CIS Executive Director), Allen Clayton ( Wells Fargo Goldsboro-Kinston Market President), and Sandy Fisher (Wells Fargo Business Associate).
Every Student Deserves a Champion:
A cornerstone concept of Communities in Schools is “relationships“. Watch Rita Pierson’s “Every child deserves a champion””
About Communities in Schools:
CIS is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support,empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.
For over 30 years, Communities In Schools has worked to ensure that every child needs and deserves these “Five Basics”:
- A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
- A safe place to learn and grow
- A healthy start and a healthy future
- A marketable skill to use upon graduation
- A chance to give back to peers and community