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Children’s Rights Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help our community? Of course you do! Below are a few organizations that would love volunteers. You can make the lives of children in need happier! 

council-for-childrens-rightsCouncil for Children’s Rights (CFCR) believes in every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated through individual advocacy, legal representation and addressing broad, community-wide issues through research and policy work. CFCR is one of the most comprehensive child advocacy and child legal services agencies of its kind in NC.

The Global Initiaglobal-initiaive-to-end-corporal-punishment-logo-1tive to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It strives for action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents. The context for all its work is implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


The U.S. Alliance brings together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children, especially in schools and homes. The Alliance, through education and legal means, seeks to end all social justifications and legal authorizations of corporal punishment. Achieving these goals will give children the same protection from this sort of physical violence as is already enjoyed by adults under state and federal law.


Pat’s Place is the only child advocacy center in Mecklenburg County serving children from birth to age 18. By providing a physical environment where a child’s well-being is the first priority, Pat’s Place reduces trauma and promotes healing from child sexual abuse. Since 2005, Pat’s Place has assisted over 4,000 children throughout Mecklenburg County. Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of the most serious forms of child abuse.

A Child’s Placea-childs-place-logo, a local non-profit working to erase the impact of homelessness on Charlotte children and their education.  They support children, families, schools and the community by intervening at the point of crisis when a family loses their home. At the time of the emergency they help stabilize the child and family so they can begin to rebuild their lives. A Child’s Place works in partnership with the public schools to identify, enroll and work with children and families who are in the homelessness crisis.


Big Brothers Big Sisters‘ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

I Can’t Do It Alone – Cara Zara Hula Hoop Performance at Romare Bearden Park

Yours truly performing at Romare Bearden Park Saturday May 7th at 2pm. But I, Cara Zara, “Can’t Do It Alone.” You definitely won’t want to miss my final “act of desperation” for Romare Jazz Fest. Free fun for the family: magic, face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, and of course Hula-Hoops 🙂

Romare Fest Cara Zara


Mississippi Schools Are Rethinking Their Barbaric Corporal Punishment Practices. Finally.

Source: Slate Magazine Slate.com

Mississippi has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year for its in-school corporal-punishment practices, which is perhaps one reason its State Board of Education announced last week its plans to propose its first-ever policy regulating the restraint and seclusion of students, according to the Associated Press.
Under pressure from special-education advocates and civil-rights groups, such policies have proliferated in recent years, and Mississippi remains one of the last states with no guidelines governing the use of restraint and seclusion in schools in response to behavior problems (New Jersey, surprisingly, is another).
And in case you’re wondering what exactly “restraint and seclusion” might look like in a school setting, Mississippi has furnished us with some stunning examples, like when teachers handcuffed kids to the metal railings of the school gym for the dress-code infraction of “sagging pants,” or confined an overexcited first-grader to a three-sided pen on his eighth birthday. (“If I had that contraption in my house,” the mother of the boxed eight-year-old was quoted in the Clarion-Ledger as saying, “and my child told his teachers, ‘My mom puts me in a box when I’m bad,’ I would have been arrested and my kids would have gone to foster care.”) 
According to the Clarion-Ledger story, in the 2011–12 school year alone, nearly 1,000 students were restrained or secluded in Mississippi schools, though that number is probably much higher, since data is self-reported and spotty, and districts aren’t required to track these incidents.

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20 Girls in Their 20s Open Up About How They Were Bullied — And How They Overcame It


For many of us, it’s the silence of being friendless and alone that causes us pain. That silence can be just as loud as a group of kids teasing you in the cafeteria. Getting attention for the wrong thing can be just as horrible as being left out. However you are bullied, actively or passively, you feel less than, like your existence doesn’t matter, like you should just roll over and die already. Some of us have the tendency to take it out on other people. Sports teams, sororities, and fraternities have traditions of hazing because “we’ve all been through it” and “it makes you stronger.” But that’s missing the point. My favorite life lesson: if someone is yelling at you, it’s because someone else is yelling at them. Don’t become another bully, be the hero who breaks the cycle. Once you stand up for yourself, it gets easier every time.

Visit Teen Vogue for 20 personal stories about bullying. (Post is an excerpt from Teen Vogue article) 20 Girls in Their 20s Open Up About How They Were Bullied — And How They Overcame It:  by 


Karma in Action

Simple and powerful video. May we all be kind to one another in 2016. Happy New Year! Cara Zara