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MSU business leadership group: 'Stand Up. Speak Out. Stop It!'

A Minot State University College of Business leadership group is organizing “Stand Up. Speak Out. Stop It!” for The Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center & Family Services on April 4 at Minot’s Grand Hotel, 5:30 p.m. This fundraising event will feature speakers from NPCAC, along with local law enforcement, volunteers and an abuse victim.

The event’s social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. A silent auction will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ashley Maercklein and Ellen Fenner, Leadership Initiative alumnae, along with Jeanne LeMay, NPCAC director, and Jay Wahlund, MSU accounting and finance assistant professor, are advising the students in coordinating the event.

“It is my privilege as a community member, and especially as a mother, to guide this year’s students through such an amazing event to create awareness and raise funds to help end child abuse,” Fenner said.

Silent auction items are being accepted. Please contact with donation information.

April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, is a time to recognize that each individual can assist in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families. NPCAC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Minot a better place for children and families.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminishes and optimal outcomes for children, youth and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete support for parents
  • Social and emotional developmental well-being

 “Everyone’s participation is critical,” said LeMay. “Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optional child development.”

The demand for NPCAC’s services is increasing. In 2010, NPCAC saw 129 clients; in 2011, 172 clients; in 2012, 226 clients; and in 2013, 270 clients. Clients do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for NPCAC services. Health insurances are billed when available, however, not all insurances pay for NPCAC services. Additional funding for services is obtained by grant-proposal writing, community donations and the annual fundraising gala.

Contact for any additional information. Individuals can spread the word about this event by “liking” the page on Facebook – Stand Up Speak Out Stop It.





Published: 03/19/14

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