“State of the Child: Robeson County”



Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 am-3:00 pm


WHERE:  UC Annex, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1 University Drive, Pembroke NC 28372

WHEN: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

RSVP:  Register here or contact 919-834-6623 ext. 229 by Friday, August 2.

Registration is required.

Discussion to explore youth violence, child health, education and poverty

Community leaders will examine youth violence prevention and child well-being in Robeson County on August 7 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. This town hall-style meeting will convene parents, child advocates, members of Robeson’s professional community including county and city leadership, direct service workers, educators and other interested community stakeholders to discuss social and demographic trends and present first year findings from the North Carolina Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention pilot project.

The event will feature remarks from Kyle R. Carter, chancellor of UNC-Pembroke; Gregory Richardson, director of the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs and the Honorable James Stanley Carmical, chief district court judge for the 16A judicial district, Action for Children North Carolina and the North Carolina Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.

This town hall-style meeting will convene members of the professional community of Robeson including county/city leadership, direct service workers, educators, child advocates, parents and other interested community stakeholders to discuss the current social trends in the county.

  • The Chancellor of UNC-Pembroke will provide our welcome and opening remarks.
  • Dr. Mario Papparozzi, Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department will moderate the event.
  • Lance Britt, Chief Court Counselor and Chair of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will introduce our featured guests, Action for Children North Carolina.
  • Staff from Action for Children will introduce their staff and present data sets specific to Robeson County, and will be facilitating discussions. Action for Children is a non-profit advocacy, public policy and research organization celebrating its 30th year!  Action for Children will introduce the Robeson community to their services and statewide agenda for needs of the children in NC.
  • Gregory Richardson, Director of the N.C. Commission on Indian Affairs will be luncheon speaker.
  • Dr. Paul Smokowski, Dr. Martica Bacallao and their research & implementation team will present the work of the NC Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, the only Academic Center for Excellence in the country addressing rural youth violence. Since 2011, NC-ACE has conducted a Community Based Participatory Research initiative using the School Success Profile Plus, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of over 6,000 students from the sixth to eighth grades in Robeson County (project group) and Columbus County (control group). The CBPR tracks the same students for the five year duration of the project. They will discuss specific data points from their three year assessment including comparison data from Years 1 & 2 following up with a Q&A session about NC-ACE, the SSP+ and its findings.
  • Breakout sessions for participants to determine next steps in addressing the following areas in Robeson County: Health, Safety, Juvenile Justice, Poverty and Education; of which all are contributing risk factors to youth violence but also could be used as protector factors for adolescents.
  • Closing remarks will be made by the Honorable James Stanley Carmical, Chief District Court Judge for 16A Judicial District.

During the breaks, participants will have the opportunity to visit several community based agency booths that provide services to youth in Robeson County.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided and sponsored by NC-ACE partners and supporters.

For more information:  contact  Meredith Bower (910) 574-9646 or   Laila A. Bell 919-834-6623 ext. 225 or Rogena Deese at (910) 474-3079.

This event is free and open to the public with reservation. Press welcome.

hosted by

North Carolina Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention;

Action for Children North Carolina;

UNC-Pembroke Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice;

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina;

Robeson County Government; and the

Robeson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council



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