Partners in Prevention

Partners in Prevention

The organizations and businesses listed below have joined The Carousel Center in the fight to prevent child sexual abuse as official Partners in Prevention! Awarded by the nonprofit, Darkness to Light, the Partner in Prevention distinction was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations that are committed to protecting the children in their communities as well as build demand for education and prevention efforts.

As Partners in Prevention: We are educated, we are vigilant, we minimize opportunities for abuse to take place, we hold one another accountable, and we will take the personal risks necessary to intervene on behalf of children.

While there are currently 19 approved Partners in Prevention, 36 applications are submitted and/or are in the process of being submitted. Due to the overwhelming success of this program, Darkness to Light is experiencing delays in the approval process. However, stay tuned for new partnership announcements very soon.

Youth Serving Organizations

   Brigade Boys & Girls Club mission is to inspire and, through character development, enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We know our Club members “vote with their feet.” We have to keep our programs fun and engaging in order to attract children and teens to the Club, while also designing programs in a way that helps members excel in school, become good citizens, and lead healthy, productive lives. We are constantly updating and redesigning our curriculums in order to keep content fresh and relevant for the children and teens we serve. That is why we offer a combination of both BGCA’s national programs and locally developed, supplemental programs in six core areas.
Community Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Founded in 1937, Community Boys & Girls Club provides youth ages 6-18 during out-of-school time with a positive, safe environment with quality programming with three priority outcomes: academic success, healthy lifestyle, and good character and citizenship.
The Mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools of Cape Fear works directly inside public schools in New Hanover and Pender Counties, supporting vulnerable students and those with the greatest risk of dropping out. Programs also include Baby Steps Young Parent Support, Restorative Justice and diversion programs, literacy support, summer camps, and afterschool programming in both counties.
  Through the CDF Freedom Schools model, Communities In Schools of Cape Fear empowers youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, and the world with hope, education, and action. Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the Freedom School program is a six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program that enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning. At the same time, the program connects families to the right resources in their communities.
Port City Gymnastics in Wilmington, NC is dedicated to developing young people through artistic sports. We believe that children not only learn to develop strength, flexibility and agility through gymnastics, but that they also develop team attitudes, leadership skills and confidence. We train our students to carry these skills with them as they move towards success in all areas of their lives. All of our programs emphasize responsibility and respect in a positive and FUN family atmosphere.  Everyone, regardless of level or potential, will receive personal attention and instruction in a limited student-to-teacher ratio.  This ensures that every member will benefit physically, emotionally and mentally.
A Safe Place is an empowerment organization focusing on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Our programs include Victim Identification & Crisis Response (24/7 Anonymous Hotline & Outreach), Restorative Housing (Emergency Shelter & Supportive Housing Program), Outreach Center, Case Management, Education, and Prevention).
   Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children ages seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. Today our mission remains the same – The Official Community Theater of North Carolina exists to enrich the lives of the residents of the Wilmington area by producing quality community theatre, teaching youth life skills through theatre education, and providing an outlet for artists and technicians to develop and exercise their craft.
  Wilmington Parks & Recreation provides a wide range of facilities, programs, and activities that are available to the public. The programs offered provide youth with the opportunity to socialize with peers, learn and develop different skills. Parks and Recreation staff take pride in creating safe spaces where everyone feels welcome, can have fun, and build long-lasting friendships.


Community Service Providers

Keep Your Hands Off Me is a non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness for an ongoing crisis of molestation while encouraging and promoting healthy healing. We currently offer three programs/services: a 6-week molestation boot camp, case management, and a parenting course. Our services allow our members to address their trauma and find healthy methods for healing, develop peer support groups, and receive comfort, support, and resources to ease the stress of other aspects of their everyday life. We also host public events and discussion panels in order to prevent child sexual abuse and bring awareness to the number of individuals that have survived abuse and are trying to heal every day.
Founded in 2018, The New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to make New Hanover County a compassionate and resilient community. The Task Force educates community members on the impacts of adverse experiences, trauma, and toxic stress on individual and community health, as well as the resiliency skills that can give us hope and help us heal.  The Task Force also advocates for organizational and systems change so our community can better respond to existing trauma—especially trauma due to historical racial inequities—with knowledge, empathy, and compassion.  In addition, the Task Force also creates opportunities for community members to form meaningful connections with one another through training, special events, and regular meetings with subcommittees and the Task Force at large.

Faith Based Organizations

Journey to Heal Ministries is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to helping women heal from past sexual trauma by leading them to hope in Jesus Christ through providing trauma-informed support, education, and community. Through our free support groups, 1:1 mentoring services, and prevention education, we help women process their stories in order to live the life they were created to live.

Government Agencies

Medical Service Providers

Preschools & Daycares

Primary & Secondary Schools