Editorial: Raise the Age – Gaston Gazette

Editorial: Raise the Age – Gaston Gazette

North Carolina may be “first in flight,” but our state is also dangerously close to being last in the nation in how we treat young people who end up in the criminal justice system. Under a nearly 100-year-old law, North Carolina remains one of only two states in the...
Mental Health Tips for Parents of Teens

Mental Health Tips for Parents of Teens

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH! Guest Commentator:   Rett Liles, Health Promotions and Community Outreach Manager, Teen Health Connection Adolescence is a critical period for mental, social, and emotional development. During this time, the brain undergoes...
School Assignment Plan – Reason for Optimism

School Assignment Plan – Reason for Optimism

Executive Director Bob Simmons weighed in the on the new School Assignment draft in today’s Charlotte Observer.  His letter to the editor follows.  Urge commissioners to do right by CMS In response to “Surprise report met with hope, questions” (April 14): The...
Editorial: We Must Stand For Children

Editorial: We Must Stand For Children

Long-time donor, volunteer and former board president Martha Schmitt delivered an inspiring personal message of hope and commitment at A Night For Children’s Rights and agreed to allow us to share it with you.  We are able to do what we do because of the support,...
Editorial: We Need To Talk – And Listen

Editorial: We Need To Talk – And Listen

At a speech in Charlotte on April 29, 2015, author and advocate Bryan Stevenson talked about the four essentials for establishing justice in America. He said that we must get close to people who are excluded and marginalized so we can recognize our shared humanity and...

Editorial: Good (and not so) news from Raleigh

By Mitchell Feld As of December, a number of new laws took effect in North Carolina that impact children involved in juvenile court.  While the General Assembly made some beneficial changes, our legislators failed again to raise the minimum age for prosecution as an...

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