Why we exist.


The mission of the Onslow Community Collaborative shall be to act as a forum for collaboration, advocacy, and action among families, agencies serving children, youth and families, and community partners from Onslow County.


The Vision is to promote sharing of resources, accessibility, and accountability across communities by ensuring that children, youth, and families are healthy, safe and successful at home, in school, and in their communities.

The Chairs.

Dan Whitten


Dan Whitten

Representing: Self, students, and families.

Dan has been a long-standing member of the Collaborative and helped reform and grow the OCC.

As a growing community organizer, Dan also works with juvenile justice, reentry, and public policy. Dan’s education and experience brings unique perspectives to the Collaborative leadership.

Jasmine Ambrose


Jasmine Ambrose

Representing: Students, children, and families.

Currently held degree(s):
  • Bachelor in Science, Psychology, Campbell University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Currently obtaining a Masters in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, North Carolina State University
Currently held honors or other certifications:
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling
  • Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society, North Carolina State University
  • Pi Gamma Mu
  • International Honor Society in Social Sciences – Campbell University;
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda – Honor Society for Adult Learners in Continuing Higher Education – Campbell University
  • Member of the American Counseling Association, (ACA)
Academic goals: Doctorate in Education, LPC, LCAS
Why you’re with the OCC:
I became a part of the OCC in August 2017. Since being a part of the Collaborative, we have actively been a part of the communities efforts in raising awareness and aiding where we could in combatting the barriers that our community members face. We want our members to be able to overcome the vulnerabilities they have been genetically predisposed to by educating others in ways to become more resilient. We do our best in raising awareness of the root causes that affect every member in our community so that we are all better able to overcome the obstacles life places along our paths. If we want our children to become more resilient in their futures, we, as adults, need to clear the path and be the bridge that guides them in the right direction. The more resilient we are as adults, the more resilient our children will be.
Goals you have for the OCC:
I would love to be able to take the OCC to the next level which is not possible without our members. We here at the OCC believe that our best resources are our people resources. Without collaborative people, we have no community. We all have a common unity, our community. My hope is that the Collaborative continues to grow and do good in the neighborhood!
My most favorite thing is BEING with and RAISING my boys, Jayzen and Jerymiah. Without them, I am not me. I also love doing research!!! When I am stressed, I love organizing and cleaning!
Favorite colors: Taupe and Gold
Pet peeve (lol): I am not the biggest fan of washing dishes

Talysa McCall


Talysa McCall

Representing: Lower Cape Fear Hospice


System of Care.

The Collaborative strives to follow System of Care principles and values as follows:

  • The Collaborative empowers children, youth, and families to have an active voice in their care.
  • The Collaborative is a collective voice for advocacy.
  • The Collaborative values culturally competent treatment.
  • The Collaborative works to improve geographic access to treatment and eliminate barriers.
  • The Collaborative works to promote efficient and cost effective use of community resources.
  • The Collaborative strives to improve effective communication between families, community agencies, and stakeholders.
  • The Collaborative actively focuses on and implements community solutions.

It Takes a Village.

All stakeholders are welcome.
The Collaborative especially encourages participation from the following:

  • Certified Family Partners
  • Parents/Guardians/Family Member
  • Youth
  • System of Care Coordinators
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Substance Use Providers
  • Intellectually or Developmentally Disabled Providers
  • Prevention/Early Intervention Service Providers
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Public Safety – Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Local Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Office of the Courts
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Member of Faith Community
  • Nonprofit Agency
  • Police Department
  • Sheriff Department
  • Health Department
  • Pediatricians
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Elected Officials
  • City/County Management

Join Us!

Monthly; Every first Monday

9-11 am