FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Contact: Rob Tufano, CMPD Public Affairs Office
Join us on Friday, May 9, 2014, RAIN OR SHINE, at the Wells Fargo Atrium in Uptown Charlotte for the 18th Annual Twilight 5K presented by CPI Security Systems. This family friendly event is complete with bouncy houses, food, fun and prizes and is one of the only evening races in Charlotte. Last year more than 2,500 runners hit the streets of Uptown to support the mission of Right Moves for Youth. 5K Race starts at 7 p.m. and the children’s Fun Run begins at 8 p.m. Learn more, register to race, sign up to volunteer and learn about sponsorship opportunities at rightmovesforyouth.org. Form a team, spread the word and help us raise much needed funds to support the at-risk youth in Charlotte!
Proceeds raised from this event help support Right Moves for Youth program offerings. During the 2012-2013 school year Right Moves for Youth provided services to 1,500 students at 28 Charlotte Mecklenburg School sites. 99% of RMFY students were promoted to the next grade level. 98% of RMFY seniors graduated-with 88% of them currently enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. Last year more than 300 volunteers donated approximately 30,000 hours of service.
ABOUT RIGHT MOVES FOR YOUTH
The mission of Right Moves for Youth is to provide resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success. Founded in 1989 by Sgt. Dave Scheppegrell Right Moves for Youth partners with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners to help reduce the occurrence of student dropouts in Mecklenburg County, RMFY was specifically designed to be an in-school support service to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
RMFY is a school-based dropout prevention program currently serving 28 of the most challenged CMS middle/high school sites, the program promotes the positive development of young people in grades 6-12. Twenty-two of our 28 sites are Title 1, with the others serving students from economically distressed neighborhoods.
Over the past 25 years we are proud of the continued commitment of our partners which has helped Right Moves for Youth serve more than 30,000 students. Our efforts in being proactive, providing education and resources, encouraging tough conversations, changing the perception of one’s environment and establishing accountability for one’s actions have provided our students with a new outlook. We provide them with the opportunity to see past their current situation and empower them to redefine their tomorrow.