One of the greatest resources for all who live in North Carolina is the Cooperative Extension. Located in each of the 100 counties as well as with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the statewide partnerships works with public universities. They provide education in five areas: sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and developing strong, healthy, and safe families. Roads to Justice works with offices around North Carolina to take advantage of networks and knowledge in the rural community.
The Cooperative Extension was borne out of the Morrill Acts of 1862, one of the most important acts in American History for higher education. Recognizing the need for educated, practical decision-making, these laws gave federal land to the states to “land grant” colleges. Many of these universities make up our nation’s most prestigious public schools. North Carolina State University was established from these Acts. North Carolina A&T State University came out of later related acts from 1890. These schools focus on agriculture, science, and engineering.
Similarly, we at Roads to Justice provide education required for practical decision-making. Women in rural North Carolina make decisions for their families everyday. It’s important that they understand the legal implications of their decisions so that future problems are avoided. Education is fundamental to our success as individuals, families, and communities.
As always, your support of our mission is welcome! Please consider donating to Roads to Justice North Carolina so that we can continue providing much needed learning opportunities to families.