News & Events

South Eastern Regional Training - Feb 6-8, 2018

On February 6, 7 & 8th, 2018, the Center for Safer Schools will be hosting its south eastern R.I.S.E. Regional Training at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina. This three-day training offers a variety of informational sessions to participants covering the areas of bullying, suicide, opioid and substance use, critical incident and other vital information about trauma and victimization among children and adolescents, and how the various dynamics impact school climate and school safety. This training is geared to all stakeholders working with young people, including law enforcement, school staff and student support services, community leaders and families.

Visit for more information.

Social Justice Symposium: Combatting the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Feb. 15, 2018

Keynote address by Dr. Mara Schiff, president of PeaceWorks Consulting, Inc. and vice president of the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. She is an internationally recognized expert in restorative justice and in combatting teh school-to-prison pipeline. Panel discussion to follow.

6:30pm in Warwick Center on the UNCW Campus

2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM - Feb. 18-21, 2018

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network would like to invite you to the 2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM, February 18-21, 2018, in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference theme is ENGAGE: Create a Legacy of Success. We are excited to announce our three Keynote Speakers: Mr. Frank DeAngelis, retired principal at Columbine High School; Mr. Roy Juarez, motivational speaker "Homeless By Choice" Tour; and Ms. Tierica Berry, motivational speaker, author, and spoken word artist. These keynote speakers, along with over 75 breakout sessions, will focus on strategies for homeless youth, mentoring relationships, and family and youth engagement. Additional FORUM events include pre-FORUM Workshops, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to obtain professional development CEUs.

Members of the Dropout Prevention Coalition receive the following discounts:
Presenters: UNCWP18 ($25 off $250)
One-Day Registration: UNCWD18 ($35 off $185)
Full Conference Registration: UNCW18 ($50 off $360)

Free Movement Conference - March 23-25th, 2018

Working Narratives, the southern media arts and organizing effort, invites you to participate in the 2nd annual Free Movement Conference - March 23-25th in Wilmington, North Carolina. By building a collaborative lab of media and creative organizing strategies we are building grassroots power in the South. We are thrilled to partner with social and racial justice organizations and the UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition. CEU credit provided. For a full description of the speakers, tracks, and workshop please visit

2018 NCPTA Convention - May 18-19, 2018

NCPTA's annual convention will be held on May 18-19, 2018 in Wilmington NC! Visit for more information.

Remember to send any success stories you want to share as well. We want everyone to know all the good work being done in our region on dropout prevention!

DPC Spring 2018 Newsletter >