St. Stephen A.M.E.: Still Prioritizing Prevention and Still Offering Love

St. Stephen A.M.E.: Still Prioritizing Prevention and Still Offering Love

Posted: November 16, 2021 By: Kris Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Manager All children need safe, stable, nurturing environments, positive experiences, and caring connections to thrive. During the challenges inflicted by COVID-19, we’re reminded that one of the most important ingredients to a thriving community is connection. It’s been a year since we introduced you to St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, North Carolina, and our friend Reverend Thomas Nixon. In 2020, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s (PCANC) Partnership Engagement Manager, Tracey O’Neal, met Reverend Nixon during a meeting with ONE Christian Network. After hearing about PCANC’s unique mission...
Kappa Deltas Fundraising Efforts Starting Strong with In-Person Events Once Again!

Kappa Deltas Fundraising Efforts Starting Strong with In-Person Events Once Again!

Posted: October 22, 2021 By: Anne Korfas, Prevent Child Abuse NC Annual Giving Manager Our Kappa Delta (KD) partners are in full swing of their school year, adjusting to the newness of attending in-person classes once again! Classes, homework, and other commitments have not stopped them from hitting the ground running with their fundraising and awareness efforts for child abuse prevention. As always, they continue to amaze us with their dedication and commitment, collectively raising $133,673 over the years for the families and children of North Carolina.  On October 1st, the Wake Forest University (WFU) KDs opened the doors at the Millennium Center, welcoming 350 family...
Faith Communities Building Connections that Matter 

Faith Communities Building Connections that Matter 

Posted: September 16, 2021 By: Tracey O'Neal, Prevent Child Abuse NC Partnership Engagement Manager Did you know that the positive social connections we make can rewire the neural pathways of our brains which can reduce the effects of stress and build resilience? One caring supportive adult in a child’s life can make all the difference. It’s back-to-school time here in North Carolina, yet uncertainty can linger for educators, parents, and children as we continue to navigate through the global pandemic. One faith leader in Wilmington, NC saw this as an opportunity to build connections with families and children.  Reverend Barnett...
Vibrant, Thriving Families: Moving Upstream to Primary Prevention in NC

Vibrant, Thriving Families: Moving Upstream to Primary Prevention in NC

Posted: September 7, 2021 By: Nina Tracy, Prevent Child Abuse NC Policy Associate   In the early years of life, children are building the foundation for their brains and bodies—forming more than a million neural connections every second from birth to age three. Lifetimes of lived experiences and decades of research have proven that adversity in childhood can have profound and lasting impacts on lifelong health and well-being. However, we now also know that these potentially harmful outcomes caused by toxic stress are not set in stone and can be prevented. When our goal is for children and their families to thrive, living happy and healthy lives, it does not...
PAN Member Spotlight: Leading with Faith to Build Concrete Supports

PAN Member Spotlight: Leading with Faith to Build Concrete Supports

Posted: August 22, 2021 By: Kris Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Manager In 2020, our world was flipped upside down with a global pandemic. We all faced new challenges on top of our everyday stressors. Two Prevention Action Network members saw a need to strengthen their communities during this challenging time by building connections that matter. They opened the door to connection and faith paved the way to hope, support, and compassion. Read their stories: Emma Baltezore Emma Baltezore, Executive Director of ONE Christian Network, has called Wilmington home for two decades and has been a part of several...
Smart Start Releases “Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina” Report

Smart Start Releases “Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina” Report

Posted: July 20, 2021 Cross-posted from North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start) Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) is excited to share news about a new report from our partners at the NC Partnership for Children (NCPC) on their NC Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative. PCANC is proud to partner in this work with PCANC Policy Director, Melea Rose-Waters, serving on the statewide leadership team and the inclusion of PCANC's Community Prevention Action Plans in their analysis. Click here to read the original blog post on NCPC's website.  NCPC has released Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina: One Community...