GRASONVILLE — Sharon Robinson has been working to improve lives of children as early as the 1980s as a teacher for the Mid-Shore Head Start program. She then went on to become a youth supervisor at the J. Deweese Carter Center advising and encouraging youth and families.

She founded and supported a girls’ youth group, “The Beauty of Being Black” giving African-American girls the experience of touring Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The group also held the first Juneteenth program exposing the community of Queen Anne’s County to the beauty of black history. Many of girls in the group eventually attended and graduated from these colleges.

As the co-founder of the group H.O.P. E. (Helping Other People Excel), Robinson’s role is to be available and support students of color.

Robinson said she believes, “Children have a right to be raised in a safe, happy, healthy environment. In my role as a CASA volunteer, I can make sure that a child’s rights and needs are being met. Having a love of all children, I am more than grateful to be able to help make a positive difference for them.

CASA Executive Director Robin Davenport said, “One CASA volunteer making a positive difference by speaking up for one child is our proverbial North Star, providing an unwavering, hopeful light. It guides us in the certainty that a better future is a real possibility for each child we serve.”

CASA of the Mid-Shore is currently accepting applications from men and women from Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent counties who are interested in becoming CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers. CASA welcomes volunteers from all cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We encourage African-American community members to consider becoming CASA volunteers.

To learn more about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, visit casamidshore.org or email jc@casamidshore.org.

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