It has been an exciting few months for Reclaiming Futures in North Carolina. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Local Fellows from each of the 6 sites along with state partners from North Carolina attended the National Reclaiming Futures Leadership Institute in San Antonio. This year’s theme was “Implementing and Sustaining Change: Empowering Youth” and provided training and discussion around implementation plans, family and community engagement, and DATA, DATA, DATA.
- The six current sites are busy with implementation planning, including how to apply learning from the Leadership Institute and developing sustainability strategies.
- The Request for Proposal was released for the new expansion sites being funded by The Duke Endowment. We’ve been fielding questions and hosted a webinar with 33 participants from across the state on June 14th. Applications will be due July 13th.
- Project directors, community fellows, and mentoring program representatives had the opportunity to participate in a full day session focused on best practices on mentoring. The session, facilitated by Charlotte McGuire, consultant for the National Program Office also provided an opportunity to connect the Reclaiming Futures sites with state-level contacts supporting mentoring programs for youths and families, including representatives from DJJ Community Programs, NC Families United, and Communities in Schools of North Carolina.
Jessica Jones is the Statewide Project Director for Reclaiming Futures in North Carolina. Before joining the N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice, Jessica was the Research & Evaluation Director for the Down East Partnership for Children, an early education non-profit in Rocky Mount, N.C., where she directed the evaluation, program development, and community collaborative initiatives for the organization. Jessica earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Elon University.
*Photo at top by Flickr user ferret111.
Updated: June 19 2012