The Alexander County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) will sponsor a Youth Symposium on Tuesday, June 13 at the Alexander Central Auditorium (223 School Drive, Taylorsville). The Symposium will focus on the theme of “Raising Awareness for Raising the Juvenile Age.” Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be catered by Apple City BBQ of Taylorsville. CEU Credit certificates will be available for those attending the Symposium.
Although the event is free and open to the public, attendees are asked to register their attendance by emailing JCPC Administrative Assistant Miranda Burgin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to remarks from local and regional Juvenile Justice officials and service providers, the Symposium will feature keynote remarks by William Lassiter, Deputy Secretary for Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, NC Department of Public Safety. Mr. Lassiter will help attendees learn more about how raising the juvenile age affects communities in NC.
The Symposium will feature information tables with opportunities to connect with youth services in the region and with program partners funded by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
In addition to complimentary breakfast and lunch, the Alexander JCPC will provide goodie bags for Symposium attendees.
Alexander JCPC Chair, Carrie Nitzu, sees the Symposium as an embodiment of the Council’s vital role in the community.
“The JCPC’s Youth Symposium will truly demonstrate the power of community by bringing people together to learn more about the challenges we face while connecting them with resources for making a positive impact on the future of the youths we serve,” said Nitzu. “We hope that everyone will join us for an event that will educate and inspire.”
Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils serve as the foundation for North Carolina’s comprehensive strategy to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and crime. Each of North Carolina’s 100 counties has a JCPC, whose members are appointed by their respective Board of County Commissioners.
The Alexander County JCPC shares in NC’s statewide mission of finding community-based alternatives to youth development centers and providing local strategies and programs for prevention of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse.
The Council’s membership brings together many different perspectives with the common goal of assessing local needs and granting state allocated funding for programs designed to best serve Alexander County juveniles and their families.
The program partners currently funded by the Alexander JCPC are Project Challenge, Communities in Schools of NW NC Strengthening Families, and –D-A-S-H- (Developing Adolescents Strengthening Homes).