CHILDREN AT RISK NORTH TEXAS
CHILDREN AT RISK has been keeping busy this fall in Dallas. Find out what we've been up to and what's new for children in North Texas.
TEXAS PUBLIC EDUCATION CUTS: IMPACT ASSESSMENT
CHILDREN AT RISK, in partnership with the KDK Harman Foundation, is conducting a mixed methods study to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas's schools and students to inform the actions of the upcoming 83rd legislative session. The research is comprised of four components: a school district survey, a non-profit survey, school site visits and evaluations and secondary data collection. Research findings, including trends, best practices and areas of least and greatest impact, will be published in two phases, the first release published in September 2012 and the second release to be published in January 2013. For more information and the full report, click here.
NORTH TEXAS FOOD INSECURITY SUMMIT
CHILDREN AT RISK hosted over 75 people at the North Texas Food Insecurity Summit, a half day conference which brought together a variety of experts who presented on the myriad of issues related to children's food insecurity. Susan Hoff of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Jeremy Everett of the Texas Hunger Initiative explored the epidemic of food insecurity and childhood obesity. Kim Aaron of the North Texas Food Bank discussed the role of food banks in the community, while Chad Houser and Chris Quadri of Cafe Momentum shared their innovative efforts with food to change the course of juvenile offenders in Dallas County. Other speakers included Reverend Gerald Britt of CitySquare, Elizabeth Wattley of Paul Quinn College and nutrition directors Michael Rosenberger of Irving ISD and Dora Rivas of Dallas ISD.
FOOD IN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
The North Texas office of CHILDREN AT RISK has been working closely with the Dallas Independent School District to increase implementation of their school breakfast program. Breakfast programs in schools affords students numerous benefits, including increased academic performance and improved physical health. This fall, CHILDREN AT RISK will host an educational event in partnership with Dallas ISD for school principals with where members of the nutrition department and principals, teachers and school nurses from participating schools will present on their experiences with the program. In addition to this event, CHILDREN AT RISK recently hosted a policy breakfast at the Texas Capitol for legislative staff to share the benefits and details of the breakfast in the classroom program. If you would like us to do a presentation at your school, please contact Michaela Bernacchio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEXAS HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUMMIT
On Thursday, October 11th, CHILDREN AT RISK will host the Texas Human Trafficking Summit at the Communities Foundation of Texas. This event will bring together a variety of experts to explore the emerging issues of domestic minor human trafficking. The summit will provide a platform for discussion on several critical areas including safe-house core components, safe harbor legislation, policy recommendations, and innovative prevention and protection initiatives. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in discussion of each of these areas in order to increase their understanding of the issues. Click here to register.
TEXAS HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE DATABASE
This October, CHILDREN AT RISK will release its Texas Human Trafficking Resource Database that will serve as a resource on human trafficking efforts across the state of Texas. Through a generous gift from the Embrey Family Foundation, this will serve as an information resource on human trafficking efforts across the state of Texas. The database will enable partnerships and sharing of information between, non-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, researchers, and many other stakeholders in the anti-human trafficking movement. For more information about the human trafficking database and efforts to combat this issue, please attend the Texas Human Trafficking Summit on Thursday, October 11th at the Communities Foundation of Texas.
3rd Annual Texas Human Trafficking Summit
Thursday, October 11th, 9:00am-4:30pm, Communities Foundation of Texas
Click here to register. For more information or to co-sponsor, please contact Audra Kirkendall at email@example.com
Education Reform Luncheon
Monday, November 12th, 11:30am-1:00pm, Communities Foundation of Texas
For more information or to co-sponsor, please contact Michaela Bernacchio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert and Cocktails featuring Eric Genuis
Thursday, November 15th
More information to follow or to reserve your table please contact Emily Cook email@example.com
CHILDREN AT RISK is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy. To learn more about our organization, please click here.
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