MEDIA RELEASE: New video spotlights importance of juvenile justice in North Carolina

New video spotlights importance of juvenile justice in North Carolina
The weekly videos from Together NC’s Speak NC campaign document individuals, families, and groups who rely on state services 
 
RALEIGH (May 2, 2011) – A powerful new video released today spotlights how juvenile justice programs can help young people salvage their lives.
 
Each year, programs like Teens Making a Change (TMAC) help thousands of kids get their lives back on track. One such young person is William McNeil, who is interviewed along with parents in the latest Speak NC video.
 
The Speak NC video, released by the Together NC coalition, is part of a campaign documenting the positive impact of state programs and services on families and communities throughout North Carolina 

Unfortunately, with legislators considering multi-million dollar cuts to our state-funded mental health and juvenile justice programs, there might not be as many places for North Carolina’s young people to turn. This would mean fewer young people with the tools to become responsible adults and leaders.
The video is the fourth in a series produced by Together NC. The videos highlight North Carolina residents who benefit from vital public investments. The videos are available on the new Speak NC website. Speak NC aims to show the human impact of state programs and services that touch thousands of North  Carolinians every year.
 
Each Monday, Speak NC will post a new video that documents how an individual, family, or group of people benefits from various state services. Many of these services are at risk of severe cuts, as state legislators meet at the General Assembly and strategize how to balance the state budget.
 
“Missing from our state budget debate was a real sense of how state services impact real people, their families, and communities amidst all the numbers,” said Louisa Warren, a coordinator of Together NC. “Speak NC is about changing that and bringing forth the voices of North Carolinians to speak for themselves about how public investments have enriched their lives and paved the way for economic opportunity.”
 
Together NC invites citizens to watch the stories on Speak NC and share them with friends, family, and local legislators to demonstrate how many of these programs provide crucial aid to families and bolster local economies. 
 
Visit Speak NC at www.speaknc.org 
 
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Together NC is a collection of more than 115 non-profit organizations, service providers, and professional associations who have come together to promote wise choices for shared prosperity for all North Carolinians. For more information, visit 
http://www.togethernc.org/
  
CONTACT: Together NC coordinators: Louisa Warren, (919) 801-0465, louisa@ncjustice.org or Rob Thompson, (919) 649-2449, rob@nccovenant.org.