Newsletter – February 2018
CCT Executive Director Participates in City-Wide Panel on Mass Incarceration
On February 6th, CCT Executive Director, Myra Clark, participated in a panel at a city-wide event about mass incarceration. The event, ?Rethinking Incarceration? was hosted by Warehouse 242 and featured a new book by the same name, authored by Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Mr. Gilliard was the keynote speaker and also served on the panel. The other panel members were Toussaint Romain, Ramona Brandt, and Councilman Braxton Winston.?<Continue Reading>
The event was a wonderful start to a much needed ongoing conversation in Charlotte.?Creative Loafing?did a lengthy story that is worth a read if you would like to learn more:
Imagine being sentenced to four years in prison just for stealing clamps.
It?s a case that will stick with Toussaint Romain for years to come, and has only gone to further his belief that, as he told me during a recent chat, ?There is no justice in the criminal justice system.?
Charlotte Junior League HostsDonation Drive Benefiting CCT
On February 3rd,?the?Junior League of Charlotte?hosted a wonderful donation drive benefiting our?Families Doing?Time?children and families. The drive brought in a ton of hats, gloves, scarves, and snugly stuffed animals to keep children with incarcerated parents warm during this unusually cold winter. As you know, most of the children and families we serve are living in or near poverty income levels. Most need assistance with obtaining items for basic needs, like warm winter clothing. We are so grateful to the Junior League for their tremendous effort in putting on this successful event!
CCT Client Profiled in?Charlotte Five
Online news and culture publication, Charlotte Five, did a profile of LifeWorks! client, Tyrone Miller. In the piece, Tyrone shares his outlook on life after prison and his journey to try to find employment.?<Read On>
Photo by Katie Toussaint
CCT Honored by Playing for?Others
CCT is one of ten nonprofits being honored by the?Playing for Others?(PFO) class of ?17-18 this year. PFO is an organization in Charlotte that?provides a space for teens to explore and answer the questions, ?Who Am I?? and ?How will I give of that?? through programming in Personal Development, Service, and the Arts. Each year they choose ten local nonprofits for their teen artists to honor through spoken-word, video, music, dance, and more.?On March 2nd, PFO will hold a huge culminating event called?HeARTBeat?at McGlohan Theater.?<Keep Reading>
Join us for a one-of-a-kind event honoring 10 local nonprofits through music, dance and digital art. Playing for Others teens create and perform original works of art in honor of these incredible organizations and their service to the Charlotte community.?Tickets Available Here.
At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of January.
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For a full list of volunteer opportunities visit our?Volunteer Page.
If interested contact Erik Ortega at?[email protected]
Mock Interviews:?Every Other Monday@?10:45 AM?&?Thursday?10:45 AM?(Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.
February 17 -?JustLeadership USA’s Emerging Leaders Training
By Application Only
8pm-10pm, McGlohan Theater
March 8 -?Applause for a Cause
6pm – 8pm, Sugar Creek Charter School
Are you a Charlotte area professional who happens to have a criminal record? Are you interested in giving back to the community by helping others who have a record? CCT is holding an interest meeting on March 14th to discuss possibilities for forming a new group just for you.?<Learn More>
March 22 -?Build People, Not Prisons
5pm – 7pm, Advent Coworking
CCT is hosting its first ever Build People, Not Prisons evening event. The event will feature a live performance by?Playing for Others?teens, Hors d?oeuvres, and beer and wine.?More details and tickets available here.
May 10 – Spring Fling
SAVE THE DATE for CCT’s 6th Annual Spring Fling. Details to come.