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Virtual event Saturday for young people focuses on issues like bullying, dating violence, self esteem

Feb. 25. By Dave Yochum. The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association and Family Mankind will hold a virtual event—Know Your Worth/Teen Empowerment—that will address such issues as dating violence, bullying, self-esteem, and opportunities around future careers on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Joining in the event are the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), One Love, Steve Smith, Mecklenburg County, Mecklenburg Council of Elders, and Share Charlotte.

“It brings my heart great joy to see that CMS, and CMPD, to name a few, have joined NC PTA for this event,” said Connie Cabbs, a former member of the NC PTA board.


It’s not just COVID

Much of today’s focus has been placed on the effects COVID is causing our school community.

“Issues like bullying, the silence of dating violence, cyberbullying, human trafficking, and mental health concerns did not cease because of COVID,” said Cabbs, who plans to run for the District one CMS Board of Education seat.

The issues our youth are facing are manifesting themselves in different ways with the development of technology. Social media has created more hurdles for youth and families to address, but technology allows them to learn about and explore careers like never before.

“It is important now more than ever to remind our students that we are here for them and to educate them on how to address such issues should they encounter or experience them,” Cabbs said.

The event is free.

Register at www.ncpta.org.