The Children’s Alliance enlists help to create a safety net for Court-involved youth
It’s never too late to choose a new path.
Especially for youth. The Children’s Alliance, a coalition that includes CFSC’s Care Ring, Safe Alliance, Council for Children’s Rights, A Child’s Place, Communities In Schools and Smart Start, along with 34 other nonprofit and governmental organizations, recently signed the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition (MCYC) agreement. The agreement helps bring together a powerful coalition to steer Court-involved youth to programs that foster their ability to connect with others.
In October, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was entered into by:
In addition, the following community partners signed on:
“Council for Children’s Rights is proud to be a standing partner under the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition [agreement],” said Bob Simmons, Council for Children’s Rights executive director. “MCYC’s child-centered structure affirms the innate worth of each court-involved child by listening to the child’s own voice to identify personal interests, talents and skills and by connecting the child to relevant, relatable and life-affirming pro-social activities that will enrich the child’s life, engage the child with the community and encourage the child to build essential life skills.”
The agreement promises that members of MCYC will work together to identify and connect Court-involved youth to relevant activities to foster their teamwork with others and their cultural awareness.
MCYC is a collaborative leadership group formed in 2015 by the juvenile judges of North Carolina’s 26th Judicial District and other partners. “Court-involved youth” includes:
MCYC partners support empower youth to identify programs and activities which nurture their interests, skills and talents and partner with parents and caregivers to connect youth to appropriate, life-affirming programs. The group looks for programs that foster competence, creativity and contribution to society and fosters relationships between youth and caring, competent adults.
“MCYC will lay the foundation for better futures for all of Mecklenburg County’s court-involved children in the only way that can be successful and sustainable,” Simmons said. “One child at a time.”