- 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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Teen Court Volunteer Spotlight
Two of our Teen Court adult volunteers recently won in the 2016 Wayne County general election. Attorney Curtis Stackhouse won the election as District Court Judge for the 8th Judicial District, comprised of Wayne, Lenoir, and Greene counties. Attorney William Bland won the election for Wayne County Superior Court Judge. Attorney Stackhouse and Attorney Bland both volunteer as Teen Court Judges. “Teen Court is a fantastic invention. The program provides a way for young adults who commit a minor misdemeanor to have a one-time opportunity to maintain a clean record. Equally important, Teen Court shows these young adults how our criminal justice system works, which will benefit them in the future,” said Judge Stackhouse. Judge Bland added “It has been my pleasure to work with Teen Court and Communities in Schools over the years, both as a Teen Court Judge and on behalf of young students participating in the program. I fully support the goal of helping young people overcome setbacks, stay in school, and achieve in life and am grateful to the many CIS Coaches, volunteers, and professionals who make these programs succeed!
State Farm Awards CIS of Wayne County $2,500 for Students Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
State Farm has awarded $2,500 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County to support students who suffered tremendous loss during Hurricane Matthew. This grant came from the “State Farm Grant Giving” program for disaster relief and will be used to provide needed school supplies and clothing items. State Farm has awarded $2,500 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County to support students who suffered tremendous
State Farm has awarded $2,500 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County to support students who suffered
Communities in Schools Annual Partner Meeting
Friends from SJAFB have collected $3,350 in school supplies
for Wayne County Public Schools this year!
Marianna Daniels didn’t want presents for her birthday. She asked her friends to bring school supplies to be donated to the CIS school supply drive. She even made a bus to hold the donations. Way to go Marianna!
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 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.
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