CHILDREN AT RISK has been keeping busy during the summer months. Find out what we’ve been up to and what’s new for our children!
Seventh Annual School Rankings Released
CHILDREN AT RISK’s seventh annual School Rankings made their debut in a detailed spread in the April 22nd issue of the Houston Chronicle. The 2012 School Rankings encompass results for 1,171 public high schools across the state. Each school was evaluated based on 16 different criteria, including graduation rates, participation in advanced coursework, commended-level performance on TAKS exams, and SAT and ACT test averages. Thus far, the CHILDREN AT RISK rankings have proven to be instrumental in generating conversations among educators and the public regarding methods for improving our public education system. Complete results can be found on CHILDREN AT RISK’s website. Click here for the full article.
Human Trafficking Summer Law Fellows Research Best Practices for Safe Houses
The Law Center at CHILDREN AT RISK is busy keeping up with the summer law fellows! In an effort to help facilitate the establishment of safe houses, CHILDREN AT RISK’s 2012 Human Trafficking Summer Institute law fellows will survey the national landscape on safe houses currently available to domestic minor sex trafficking victims. Through this research, core components of successful models will be identified and compiled in a publication to serve as a blueprint and guide for future safe houses.
The Human Trafficking Summer Institute is also providing a series of continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in Austin, Houston, and Dallas which focus on the need for shelter and services for child trafficking victims. The first CLE was held in Austin on June 14th at Vinson and Elkins, LLP. Attorney Ann Johnson who represented the minor in the landmark Texas case, In re B.W., spoke about the need for decriminalization of child trafficking victims. Upcoming CLEs include the Children’s Law Symposia in Houston on July 10th and Dallas on July 24th. Click here for more information on how to access Ann Johnson's presentation and for more information regarding our upcoming CLEs!
A New Partnership with the Harris County Attorney's Office
CHILDREN AT RISK’s Public Policy and Law Center has engaged in an exciting new partnership with the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Working with Linda Geffin, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit, our staff attorneys have been helping to train pro bono volunteers in the use of civil law to shut down illegally run sexually oriented businesses. In advancing this effort, one of CHILDREN AT RISK’s partner law firms, Greenberg Traurig, kindly hosted a packed training earlier this month in which volunteer attorneys learned about the process of using a civil suit to shut down an illegally operated business. Click here if you are interested in learning more, or know of any volunteers who might like to be involved.
Interning at CHILDREN AT RISK
As the summer gets underway, CHILDREN AT RISK welcomes its annual class of interns—our biggest group ever! Eighteen interns from across the country have joined us in our Houston and North Texas offices. Summer is a busy time in the office, and with the revamping of our biennial publication Growing Up in Houston, our interns have been kept busy researching and writing the eleventh edition of the book. Along with a busy work schedule, our interns have been participating in a variety of site visits to see direct service providers tackling issues that CHILDREN AT RISK advocates for. We like to put our interns to work on serious projects where they can effect real change in their issue area; we have yet to be disappointed! Click here for a full report of what our interns have been up to!
Celebrating our Heroes
Starting in January of 2012, CHILDREN AT RISK began featuring a Children’s Hero each month! These heroes have come in the form of donors, advocates, community leaders, volunteers, collaborative partners, and more. Most recently, we have had the honor of recognizing two amazing ladies, Caren Thomas and Nancy Darst. Caren, the May Children’s Hero of the Month, is the “go to person” for the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA), a local human trafficking task force. Nancy, the June Children’s Hero of the Month, has been a member of the CHILDREN AT RISK family for the better part of a decade. She continues to attend and sponsor CHILDREN AT RISK events, is a member of the President’s Council, and is an advocate for the organization in every conversation she has. Click here to learn more about Caren, Nancy, and our other heroes.
Stay tuned for more updates from CHILDREN AT RISK!
Hug your kids,
Dr. Robert Sanborn
President & CEO
Additional Events & What's News at CHILDREN AT RISK
Summer Gallery Night
Thursday, July 19th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Dean Day Gallery
More info here
Save the Date: Annual Faith Summit
Thursday, August 16th at St. Martin Episcopal Church
More info to follow!
Journal of Applied Research
Stay up to date on what's happening with our children by checking out our Journal of Applied Research on Children (JARC)! JARC is an open-access and peer-reviewed online journal that is uniquely focused on the needs of children through a holistic prism. Access one of our most recent issues here: Volume 2, Issue 2: Teen Pregnancy. Below are a few facts from one of the issue's articles, Dispelling the Myth: What Parents Really Think about Sex Education in Schools. Authors include Susan R. Tortolero, Kimberly Johnson, Melissa Peskin, Paula M. Cuccaro, and Christine Markham.
"When asked when sex education should begin, the overwhelming majority (80%) of parents responded that sex education should begin in middle school or earlier, and another 13% believed sex education should begin in high school, resulting in 93% of parents in support of school-based sex education.""Two-thirds of parents responded that sex education should include information about both abstinence and condoms and contraception."
Tune in to KPFT, 90.1 FM every Monday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm for Growing Up in America where you can hear the latest on what's happening with Texas' kids from noted child advocate hosts Dr. Bob Sanborn & Mandi Kimball of CHILDREN AT RISK.
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CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children across Texas through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Learn more.
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