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Our Community, Our Responsibility - Waging Peace
The purpose of Items of Interest is to keep you up-to-date on local (Maryland) and national conferences and events; program and funding opportunities; opportunities for youth; calendars and news; and research and resources pertaining to the prevention of youth violence and positive youth development. Our most current Items of Interest can be viewed below. To see recent Items of Interest, please click here to view the 2009 archive.  

January 4, 2010

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Of Special Note

  • Baltimore, MD: Seminar Series on Violence Prevention. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Hampton House - Room to be determined. The schedule is as follows:
    • January 26th - "Street Outreach to Prevent Youth Violence" Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH and Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, Dept. of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • February 2nd - "Advancing Gun Policies to Combat Illegal Guns" Arkadi Gerney, Firearms Policy Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, New York City and Mayors Against Illegal Guns
    • February 9th - "Can Risk Assessment be Used to Prevent the Recurrence of Intimate Partner Violence?" Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, Associate Professor, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • February 16th - "Integrating Offender Networks into the Discussion of Youth Violence" Jean McGloin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice University of Maryland, College Park
    • February 23rd - "Gender Symmetry or Asymmetry in Intimate Partner Violence: The Importance of Operational Definitions" Donna Ansara, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • March 2nd - "Reducing Intimate Partner Perpetration" Allison Snow Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Drexel University, School of Public Health
    • March 9th - "Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence"  Reading:  Beth Moracco, PhD, Research Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, School of Global Health
  • Baltimore Teen Media Design Group. The Open Society Institute, the ACLU of Maryland, and Wide Angle Media is sponsoring a free teen media design workshop for teens who are interested in helping to create a school attendance campaign while learning media design skills.  The workshop is free and the students will earn community service learning hours.  Wide Angle Media is a local non-profit with a history of working with students and helping students to develop messages and materials in their own voice. The message that the students develop will be used in a citywide peer to peer student attendance campaign in partnership with City Schools. Workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays January 12th through February 2nd from 4:30 - 7:00pm at Wide Angle Youth Media, 2601 N. Howard St., Baltimore. Dinner will be provided along with bus tickets so that students can get home at the end of the session. Students should be registered by January 7th. Call for more information 443-759-6700 or email
  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Child Development - Community Policing Program (CD-CP) Fellows Cross-training. January 8th, 15th and 22nd, 2010 from 9am-5pm. The purpose of the volunteer service component is to recruit persons to enhance CD-CP's ability to response to specific incidents of violence with the immediate goal of assisting children and communities to heal. Learn more by clicking here or call 410-614-9564.
  • Baltimore, MD: The Baltimore Interfaith Coalition is organizing the 2010 Interfaith Vigil Against Violence: January 25, 2010, 7:00 pm (clergy to arrive at 6:15 pm) at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. The event will bring together faith leaders and others from throughout Baltimore City in a call to prayer and action, acknowledging the great many residents of Baltimore who have been victims of violence and the steps that need to be taken to deal with these loses and to stop the killing.  Clergy interested in participating in the event should contact Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore at or 4105475452 or Bishop Douglas Miles  or 4104260288.  Baltimore residents who have been victims of violence, including relatives and friends of victims and others wishing to show their support are encouraged to attend.  Additional information concerning the event and follow-up activities will be available soon.  If you wish to receive additional information concerning the event contact either Bishop Madden or Bishop Miles.  Future information concerning the event will be available on our web page,
  • Baltimore, MD: Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities: The Challenge in Urban America. January 27, 2010, 3:30pm, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sommer Hall - Room E2014, 615 North Wolfe St., Baltimore. Presented by the Urban Health Institute. Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD is the presenter.  Dr. Satcher is director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at the Morehouse School of Medicine. For more information on this event, contact Lauren Zerbe, Communications Specialist for the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute at410-502-7474 (410-502-7262 fax).
  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore City School Gang Symposium. January 28-29, 2010. 8:00am - 4:00pm at The Professional Development Center, 2500 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland 21214. The agenda for this information sharing symposium will include Maryland Criminal Street Gangs,  Prison gangs BGF/DMI, gangs from a Baltimore County perspective, gangs from a Baltimore City perspective, gangs from a Maryland Department of Juvenile Services perspective, successful gang prosecution techniques from the Baltimore City States Attorneys Office, gang intervention and strategies, cyber crimes with a emphasis on MySpace and Facebook and a panel discussion with Gang Investigators, Prosecutors and The A.T.F. To register for this event, contact Sgt Akil Hamm or Det. Lashon Kelly
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. January 10, 2010 2:00-4:00 p.m. Brother Bey, the founder of the Fraternal Order of X-Offenders, hosts a weekly radio show on W.O.L.B (1010 am) that presents community-based, ex-offender driven efforts in Baltimore and elsewhere that are helping to break the cycle of violence. The primary focus of the F.O.X.O.'s "Breaking The Cycle" Radio Dialogue is to extend discussion, increase consideration of community-driven alternatives, and initiate and expand the collective action needed to deter, decrease and prevent the pandemic of juvenile delinquency and adult criminality gripping Baltimore and many other communities. The radio show provides a voice to those attempting to change their thinking and behaviors, informing ex-offenders, their families, and others of opportunities, increasing access to strategies that work, and exposing those that don't. You are invited to call in to the radio program at 410-481-1010. To learn more about FOXO, visit their website at hhtp:// or email Brother Bey at or call 410-262-4456.   Information about the new FOXO training DVD: The Psychology and Sociology of Criminology also is available on the website

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New Events/Conferences/Training

1. Baltimore, MD: Love Hands Across Baltimore meeting. January 6, 2010, 12:00pm at the Juvenile Detention Center, 300 N. Gay Street, at Orleans Street. Contact Rev. Willie Ray at 410-945-6712 for more information.

2. Baltimore, MD: The Harlem Children's Zone - Can it happen in Baltimore? January 21, 2010, 7:00pm at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 West Coldspring Lane. Led by Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine editor and author of Whatever it Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. Learn more about the impact the Harlem Children's Zone has had on that community and hear about efforts to create a program in Baltimore.

3. Baltimore, MD: PEACE Baltimore Skate Party at Shake and Bake. January 30, 2010, 8:00-11:00pm, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21217. Join 92Q and teenagers from all over Baltimore City for PEACE Baltimore. Skates and admission are FREE. To learn more about PEACE Baltimore events and how to get involved
RSVP to  [source: The Dixon Report]

4. National Harbor, MD: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 20th annual National Leadership Forum. February 8-11, 2010. More information can be found by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. Washington, DC: Symposium 2010: 35 Years of Helping Youth Realize the American Dream. January 24 - 27, 2010. More information can be found by clicking here.

6. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America annual conference, Children 2010: Leading a New Era. January 25 - 27, 2010. More information can be found by clicking here.

7. Charleston, SC: New Tools for a New Decade: Working with the Media to Advance Juvenile Justice Systems Change, January 29 -31, 2010.  More information can be found by clicking here.

8. Chevy Chase, MD: Spotlighting Positive Youth Development Kickoff Event. February 3, 2010. Participate in a 3-day Kickoff session in the Washington DC area, all expenses paid, to learn more about positive youth development frameworks, effective collaboration strategies, and how to coordinate youth services effectively across sectors. Learn more

9. San Jose, CA: Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Families and Multicultural Communities. February 6-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

10. Phoenix, AZ: National Conference on Education. February 11-13, 2010. For information and to register for this event, please visit the following link.

11. Baltimore, MD: Safe Streets East Coalition Meeting. February 23, 2010, 6:00pm at 2312 East Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21205. To confirm your attendance please RSVP at 410-327-0414

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

12. The Keeper and the Kept. Published by the W. Haywood Burns Institute. This is the Institute's second report on systemic problems involving juvenile justice systems, "The Keeper and the Kept" concerns racial and ethnic disparities in youth detention and provides recommendations for addressing them. Report available here [source: JUVJUST]

13. Perceived Risk of Inhalant, LSD, or Ecstasy Use  Continues to Decline Among U.S. 8th Graders.  A recent University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse's CAESAR Fax reported that perceived risk of using ecstasy, inhalants, and LSD continues to decline among eighth-grade students, based on data from the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey.  Report available here.

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14. Attorney General Holder Addresses Fatherhood Town Hall. On December 15, 2009, in Atlanta, GA, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Attorney General Eric Holder cohosted a Fatherhood Town Hall Meeting at Morehouse College. The Town Hall session discussed the importance of fatherhood and focused on ways in which the criminal justice system can support the reentry of incarcerated fathers back into the community. To read the Attorney General's full remarks, visit this link [source: JUVJUST]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

14. PBIS Maryland Events
**State leadership meeting - January 13, 2010
**State leadership meeting - February 19, 2010
**SWIS Facilitator Training - March 10-12, 2010
**7th International Conference on PBS - March 25-27, 2010

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

16. Second Chance Act Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) invite applicants from state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes under their joint Second Chance Act Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects solicitation. The Second Chance Act is intended to support the reentry of adult and juvenile offenders from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities into their communities. Deadline: March 4, 2010. Click here for more information. [source: JUVJUST]

17. Learn and Serve higher education. The purpose of this grant is to support institutions of higher education that use innovative service-learning programming to meet the needs of local communities. Deadline: March 9, 2010. Click here for more information.
[source: Grants Today]

18. Sprint Character Education Grant Program. The purpose of this grant is to help school districts and individual schools purchase materials, supplies, equipment and software that assist in promoting character education among K-12 students. Deadline: February 5, 2010. Click here for more information.
[source: Grants Today]

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

19. Washington, DC: Juvenile Defender Policy Advocate - National Juvenile Defender Center. The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) seeks an experienced attorney with a minimum of five years experience, excellent written, organizational, analytical and communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in juvenile defense, juvenile justice, civil rights, or related areas. The juvenile defender policy advocate will be involved in designing and conducting comprehensive defender training; providing technical assistance and support to juvenile defenders nationwide; researching and writing manuals, educational materials, publications and legal briefs, among other responsibilities. More information can be found by clicking here. [source: National Juvenile Justice Network]

20. Rockville, MD: Youth MOVE National Inc. Director - National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experiences (Youth M.O.V.E.) is a youth-led organization whose purpose is to unite the voices and causes of youth; act as consultants to youth, professionals, families, and other adults; and increase youth involvement in the politics and legislation of mental health policies.  Click here for more information.

21. Baltimore, MD: Diversion Screener - City of Baltimore. The City of Baltimore is seeking full and part-time Diversion Screeners to work in the juvenile booking unit screening youth ages 7 - 17 who have been arrested for diversion eligibility, referring them to diversion services and monitoring their compliance with diversion services.  Click here for more information.

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Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • Baltimore, MD: Across the Divide: Stories About Race in Baltimore. February 22, 2010, 7:00pm at CENTERSTAGE, 700 N. Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202. Seven storytellers will get seven minutes each to tell how race has colored, shaped, and affected their lives. The show begins at 8 p.m., but arrive early for cocktails and live music from Ebony and Irony at 7 p.m. Event is a joint partnership with OSI-Baltimore, The Stoop Storytelling Series. More information can be found here.
  • Tampa, FL: The 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. March 7 - 10, 2010. For more information, click here.
  • Las Vegas, NV: National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law. March 14 - 17, 2009. Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the conference will provide presenters with a forum to address a multidisciplinary audience of professionals working in America's juvenile and family courts.  Click here for more information.
  • Bethesda, MD: 3rd Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Methods and Measurement. November 15 - 16, 2010. Call for proposals until November 6, 2009. Learn more about the call for proposals and about the conference.
  • Orlando, FL: 2010 National GAINS Center Conference, March 17 - 19, 2010. Conference theme, Including Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness in Health Care Reform. More information and call for presentations can be found by clicking here.
  • Orlando, FL: American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. April 21-24, 2010. The theme of the conference is "Families, Community Systems and Suicide." More information can be found by clicking here.
  • Washington, DC: Teaching Prevention 2010. March 25-27, 2010. For more information and to register for this event,  visit this link.
  • San Antonio, TX: Blueprints for Violence Prevention. April 7-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit
  • Philadelphia, PA: Coalition for Community Schools National Forum. April 7-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event visit
  • Philadelphia, PA: Cities and Women's Health: Global Perspectives. April 7 - 10, 2010. To deconstruct urban planning in terms of its potential to better support women's health.  Click here for more information.
  • Orlando, FL: American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. April 21-24, 2010. The theme of the conference is "Families, Community Systems and Suicide." More information can be found by clicking here
  • Honolulu, HI: International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. September 26-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit
  • Puerto Rico: The IV World Congress on Child and Adolescent Rights. November 15-18, 2010. The central theme of the IV World Congress is "The Best Interest of Children and Adolescents: Well-Being and Development in the New World Economic Order." The program will be structured around six general thematic areas: poverty, education, health, participation, identity, and violence. More information can be found by clicking here

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