Be A Voice 4 Kids

Be A Voice 4 Kids  –  Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Provides:

Resource Referrals

Peer Support To Survivors

Peer Support to Kids and Family

Prevention Education

Hope

INTRODUCTION

In 2014, Mary Edwards, a former foster child, decided that she wanted to end child abuse. She joined forces with community partners, and soon Be A Voice 4 Kids became a Polk County organization. Be A Voice 4 Kids mission is to educate, prevent and heal child (sexual) through Spiritual strength, peer support and inspiration.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS

Since its inception on June 15, 2015, Be A Voice 4 Kids has disseminated information about prevention, detection, and appropriate response to childhood abuse at numerous venues throughout the county, including the Polk County Child Abuse Awareness Walk, the Thermal Belt Outreach School Supply Distribution, the Columbus Fourth of July Celebration, and Green Creek Heritage Days. Citizens are drawn to the information booth through activities like face painting and the colorful, informational signs. At every event, individuals reveal their understanding of the need for this outreach due to first person experience. Every life in this county has been touched in some way by childhood sexual abuse.

TRAINING IN PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND RESPONSE

Members of Be A Voice 4 Kids identified childhood sexual abuse as a crime against children that needed community response, and further identified Darkness to Light Stewards of Children as the best training for the public in prevention, detection, and response to child sexual abuse. Be A Voice 4 Kids has trained more than 150 community members to be Stewards of Children, with the full, two-hour training. Trainings for the general public reached 100 individuals, and fifty more county residents were reached at trainings at Polk County Middle School, Collins Dental, Polk County Recreation Department, and Mills Spring First Baptist Church. A member of Be A Voice 4 Kids went to every school in the county with an initial, 30-minute outreach presentation to all teachers and staff.

SERVICE AREA

Be A Voice 4 Kids serves residents of Polk County and the surrounding area. While priority is given to Polk County residents, families and children who lack resources will not be turned away until and unless resources can be located for them in their own home counties. Be A Voice 4 Kids has Polk County as its designated service area. Members of Be A Voice 4 Kids have joined the Polk County Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Committee, and the founder/president is a current member of that committee, working in conjunction with community partners to end child abuse in the county and to align the organizational mission with the county goals.

WORKING TOWARD OUR PROPOSED PROJECT…

In doing outreach to the community and working closely with community partners who spend their life’s work to end child abuse, Be A Voice 4 Kids has determined that a children’s advocacy center devoted to ending child abuse is a priority need in the county at this time. This center will provide one-stop resources for families affected by child abuse, including childhood sexual abuse. In addition to the outreach efforts currently in place, which will continue, the center will have a free-standing building and grounds where best programs and practices for building resilience, supporting non-offending family members, and providing resources for children affected by this crime will be present.

 

Categories: Child Abuse PreventionChild AdvocacyEducationFamily Resource

Be A Voice 4 Kids

PO Box 44
Mill Spring, NC 28756 

Website

828-817-4267 ( Cell)