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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 25, 2010

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Of Special Note

  • TONIGHT! Baltimore, MD: Join the Baltimore Interfaith Coalition at the Witness Against Violence, January 25, 2010 at 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 being taken and that need to be expanded to deal with these loses and to increase the healing and to stop the violence.  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 can be obtained from    Future information concerning the Baltimore Interfaith Coalition can also be found at our web page,
  • Baltimore, MD: Deadliest Disease in America: Identifying and Addressing Racism in Health Care. The  Annual health Equity, Access, and Diversity (MOVING A.H.E.A.D.) Film and Lecture Series is presenting a film, workshops, dinner, and Q&A on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 5:00-9:00 p.m., Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205. RSVP by January 22 at  or call 443-287-5569. Please choose one of the following Workshops when you RSVP: Doctor/Patient Communication, Prostate Cancer: Access Denied, Empowering Community Organizations to Work with Legislators for Change, What Racism Looks Like in Health Care Delivery and Why You Should Report It. Sponsored by the URU, the Right to Be, Inc., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. View a preview of the film at
  • 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
  • First  Annual Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture. February 2, 2010, 3:30 - 5:00pm at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore. Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture on early childhood issues has been established in Sandra's honor to benefit those of us left to carry on her vision on behalf of the most vulnerable among us and for those who care for them. RSVP to 410-659-7701 ext. 120 or
  • Baltimore, MD: On President's Day, February 15, 2010, the Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP) will host its 3rd Annual Teen Leadership Summit, created by and for youth ages 12- 18.  ECYP's Teen Leadership Summit entitled, "I'm the Blueprint...My Greatness Is in My Plan"" will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. This year, leadership seminars will include: Health and Healthy Relationships; Business/ Entrepreneurship; Teen Date Violence; How to Market Yourself; Drugs and Alcohol; Family and Its Impact on Success; Entertainment and Media and Its Effects on Youth; College and Financial Planning; Self- Expressions. The event is free, but all students must be registered. For more information, please contact the ECYP office at (410) 542-4850.
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. January 31, 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: Interpersonal Violence lecture from Partnership for a Safer Maryland. February 8, 2010, 2:00 - 4:30pm, MIEMMS, 653 West Pratt St. Baltimore. For more information and to RSVP, contact Erin Reiney at 410-767-6779 or

2. Baltimore, MD: Town Hall Meeting: In-Just-Us Campaign. February 17, 2010, 6:00pm, Baltimore City Community College, Liberty Campus. The Eric R. Villines Advocacy Institute in collaboration with the Baltimore Algebra Project will be hosting this townhall meeting to discuss some very important issues that are of great concerns about youth incarceration and education and violence. For more information, please contact Kimberly M. Armstrong, President & Executive Director, Diamond Development Consulting, LLC & Eric R. Villines Advocacy Institute
  or 1-800-485-8214.

3. Baltimore, MD: Youth Business Builders (YBB) Weekend Institute. EYE for Change will be offering a four week Saturday enrichment program beginning in February 2010 for youth ages 10-14 at Morgan State University. They are seeking parents who are interested in having their child(ren) learn and gain experience running a business. Children will learn essential skills and knowledge about entrepreneurship to start a business. More information at

4. Washington, DC: Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) Annual Spring Conference, April 9 - 13, 2010. The theme of the conference is "Ensuring School Engagement and Success for Youth at Risk." More information at

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. 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

6. Baltimore, MD: "Crying Out" - Theater project by Rosiland "Roz' Cauthen. Matinee dates: February 19th, 10:30am; Night shows: February 19th & 20th, 8:00pm. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Kuumba Artist, a multidisciplinary theatre company, presents a production that will not only further expose the issues of violence in Baltimore, but will bring  an open forum to voice your opinions and generate not just questions and frustrations, but answers and a means of consistent change. Student matinee tickets available. For more information, please contact Nathan Couser, Community Programs and Education Intern, or (410)963-2587.

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. Baltimore, MD: Fusion Partnerships, Inc. Open House. January 30, 2010, 10:00am - 3:00pm, 2640 St. Paul Street. Come and meet Fusion programs working for social change in Baltimore. More information at or

9. 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 visit or RSVP to

10. 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

11. 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

12. National Harbor, MD: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 20th annual National Leadership Forum. February 8-11, 2010. More information at

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

14. 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

15. What Are the Important Differences Among Kinship Foster Families?  This Chapin Hall study undertook to characterize the differences among kinship families along two related dimensions: family structure and household composition, both of which are related to a range of child outcomes. Click here for more information.

16. Literature update from SafetyLit. January 18, 2010. Abstracts available at

  • "Does It Take a Village?" Assessing Neighborhood Influences on Children's Self-Control. Gibson CL, Sullivan CJ, Jones S, Piquero AR. J Res Crime Delinquency 2010; 47(1): 31-62.
  • A Preventive Intervention Program for Urban African American Youth Attending an Alternative Education Program: Background, Implementation, and Feasibility. Carswell SB, Hanlon TE, O'Grady KE, Watts AM, Pothong P. Educ Treat Child 2009; 32(3): 445-469.
  • Attitudes and Beliefs of Adolescents and Parents Regarding Adolescent Suicide. Schwartz KA, Pyle SA, Dowd MD, Sheehan K. Pediatrics 2010; ePub
  • Early Adolescents' Participation in Bullying: Is ToM Involved? Extending the construct of psychopathy to youth: implications for understanding, diagnosing, and treating antisocial children and adolescents. Frick PJ. Can J Psychiatry 2009; 54(12): 803-12.
  • History of Juvenile Arrests and Vocational Career Outcomes for At-Risk Young Men. Wiesner M, Kim HK, Capaldi DM. J Res Crime Delinquency 2010; 47(1): 91-117.

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17. This website was built to give advocates the tools and resources they need to promote shared, safe places for children and adults to be more physically active. Learn more at

18. TEACH-VIP E-Learning. An online self-paced curriculum on violence and injury prevention. It addresses a broad range of issues pertinent to understanding and preventing injuries, violence, and suicide, including extensive content on using data to understanding injury problems and creating programs to address these problems. Participants can choose from 20 lessons to create an experience appropriate to their needs and schedule. [source: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

19. PBIS Maryland Events

**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

20. National Juvenile Justice Network's Juvenile Justice Leadership Development Institute. The Institute's mission is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of well prepared and well trained advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies, with a particular focus on cultivating and supporting leaders of color, youth and family members. The Institute seeks to reach emerging advocates and organizers with proven leadership potential who have a passion and demonstrated promise for transformation of the juvenile justice system. Applications will be accepted from: People of color; Youth with direct system experience; and Family members with direct system experience. The institute will take place July 11-16, 2010 in New Orleans. More information can be found here.

21. Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations. Offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. More information can be found by clicking here

22. OSI-Baltimore is now accepting applications for the 2010 class of Baltimore Community Fellows. OSI will award up to 10 fellowships to individuals committed to improving the circumstances of Baltimore's underserved communities.  Applications are due by Monday, March 15, 2010, and fellowships will begin in the fall. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of our information sessions (list of dates available online).  For more information, please visit this link.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

23. YouthWorks 2010. Baltimore City youth and young adults, ages 14-24, will develop the essential work skills that today's employers require, and many will discover their true career interests during the summer of 2010. YouthWorks provides well-prepared, multi-skilled, and dependable high school and college students who are eager to work. More information at

24. Washington, DC: Project Associate Early Head Start - ZERO TO THREE. The Program Associate will support the activities and program staff of the EHS Start-Up Consultant Project on organizing, implementing and maintaining the registration and reporting functions for the Task Order. This position will monitor and update the content of the online registration system, manage and troubleshoot the on-line database, generate reports, and serve as the liaison with Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).

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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
  • Washington, DC: Training Institutes 2010 - New Horizons for Systems of Care. July 14-18, 2010. The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on local systems of care for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. Click here for more information.
  • 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
  • Baltimore, MD: Quality Healthcare for Culturally Diverse Populations. October 18-21, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit this link.
  • 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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