MORRISVILLE, N.C. (May 24, 2022) — Prevent Child Abuse NC Partnership Engagement Manager Selected as 2022 BetterNC Fellow. McElvine joins a cohort of six BetterNC Fellows who will work with individuals from the NC Budget & Tax Center and NC Black Alliance in learning opportunities and activities that highlight community-based engagement.
The BetterNC fellowship program serves to engage people in the budgeting and revenue process in their communities during a five-month program. A key aspect of the fellowship program requires all fellows to complete a Community Action Plan that they can implement in their communities. Fellows will also have the opportunity to connect to a network of organizers and previous program alumni across North Carolina.
“I applied for this opportunity to better understand the connection between state policies around budgeting and taxes so I can bring the knowledge that I learn back to the rural communities I partner with, within my role as Partnership Engagement Manager,” McElvine said. “Rural counties often have limited resources and limited funding therefore I hope to bring back some valuable information on how to increase the revenue process in their communities. With increased revenue, this will hopefully allow for families to engage in opportunities that increase Protective Factors.”
Protective Factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families and research has shown that the protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child maltreatment. PCANC’s work is strategically grounded in the Protective Factors and aims to enhance them in all North Carolina communities.
“We are so proud of Felisha for her hard work and dedication to primary prevention of child maltreatment and could not think of someone more deserving to be selected for the BetterNC Fellow program,” Sharon Hirsch, President & CEO of PCANC, said. “We are looking forward to seeing how this experience will help further prioritize prevention across North Carolina.”