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June 16, 2009

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Of Special Note

Community Exemplar: Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien recently met with a number of leaders from faith communities to discuss ways that they could work together to promote peace in Baltimore. One of the results of the meeting was the formation of the Summer of Peace initiative. As part of this collaboration, faith communities will participate in a number of peace-promoting efforts over the summer months. One such effort will take place the weekend of June 19-21, which is being called the Peace Sabbath.

At Catholic Masses that weekend, Archbishop O'Brien is asking his pastors to:

  • Close the prayers of intercession at each Mass with a special Prayer for Peace.
  • Collect from each Catholic $1.00, which will be used to help fund the Safe Streets public health initiative at selected city parishes.

Archbishop O'Brien recently circulated a letter asking other faith groups to set aside this weekend to promote peace. Please send us information about individuals whom you think should be recognized for their significant work in Baltimore, such as in the Community Exemplar above with Archbishop O'Brien. Or, let us know of other needs that might be met through our networking resources. Please send the information to Dr. Philip Leaf at

  • Baltimore, MD: Paul Robeson Institute Presents: "Hitting All The Right Notes" Recycling Music Instruments Fundraiser. June 20, 2009, Baltimore Senator Theatre, 5903 York Rd., Baltimore. Featuring 3 Classics, 3 Black Directors, 3 Guest Hosts. Baltimore. $10.00 donations for all day pass. 4:00pm screening of 'The Learning Tree' Directed By Gordon Parks; 6:00pm screening of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door' Directed by Ivan Dixon; 8:00pm screening of 'I'm through with White Girls' Directed by Jennifer Sharp.

  • The Dare to Be King three-day Weekend Retreat helps young males ages 9-17 navigate the journey from childhood to adulthood in a supported, mentored way.  Led by a team of experienced instructors and mentors, participants will safely experience the physical and mental challenges, as well as the interpersonal themes of self -reliance, responsibility to self and others, group dynamics and conflict resolution. Much of the Dare to Be King curriculum will be used as a basis for the entire Rites of Passage program including, the retreat. Workshops and outdoor challenges will focus on helping the participants identify their leadership qualities and to recognize the importance of personal responsibility and accountability within the African American and wider communities. The weekend is scheduled for August 7-9, 2009, for boy ages 9-13 and September 11-13, 2009 for boys ages 14-17. All trips depart from Poly Technical Institute the Friday of each trip, at 5:00pm, and will return to Poly by noon on Sunday. All participants are required to attend the mandatory open house/information session, on July 1, 2009, at 6:30 pm, at the Success Academy, located inside the Baltimore City Public School Headquarters at 2800 E. North Ave. The entire weekend cost $150.00. This includes lodging, transportation, three meals a day, DTBK certificate, copies of 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know (for participants) and Raising Him Alone (for parents). For more information visit
  • Baltimore, MD: National Partnership for Community Leadership's (NPCL) 11th Annual International Fatherhood Conference.  June 16-19, 2009.  The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) is collaborating with NPCL for the upcoming 11th Annual International Fatherhood Conference at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, MD.  This year's conference brings together fathers, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners from around the country and will  feature workshops, designed to help people be effective service providers and parents to children.  All events and workshops on June 16 are free and open to the public!  Registration required for all other conference activities.  Details and registration information can be found at

  • Baltimore, MD: TASI's Second Annual Fundraiser - "The Keys to Success". June 26, 2009 at the Radisson Cross Keys in Baltimore. Both individual tickets and group ticket packages can be purchased by contacting Rebekah Lin at or 410-580-0750, ext. 206. More information, visit

  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. June 21, 2009, 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 at

This Week's Items of Interest

1. Baltimore, MD: Entrepreneur Camp for Kids ages 10 - 18. June 22 - July 31, 2009, Morgan State University, McMechen Hall, Experience entrepreneurial skill building, wealth building strategies, and leadership concepts that will propel you to success! Youth Business Builders summer camp is a six week hands on learning experience that features guest speakers, leadership activities, games, field trips and volunteerism. More information at (443) 885-3663.

2. Chicago, IL: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual National Conference. July 12 - 15, 2009. The conference will feature juvenile and family law topics, including trauma, custody and visitation, divorce, child abuse and neglect, truancy, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, crossover youth, and substance abuse.  [source: JUVJUST].

3. Webinar: Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice:  How to Do It. June 30, 2009. 3:00 - 4:00pm ET. The webinar will describe the purpose, process, and implementation of mental health screening for youth entering juvenile justice settings.  The presentation will include a description of behavioral health problems among youth and their prevalence among those entering juvenile justice programs, and explain the importance of mental health screening for juvenile justice programs. More information and registration at [source: Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project]

Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training

4. Kansas City, MO: National School-Based Mentoring Conference - 4th Edition. June 16 - 18, 2009. This conference draws mentoring professionals, educators, community leaders, researchers and funders from the across the country and abroad. Seasoned veterans as well as those new to the field, come to learn, to network, to re-energize and share best practices. For more information visit

5. Webinar: Priority Setting for Community Benefit - A Primer on Matching Community Need and Organizational Effort. June 18, 2009. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET. For more information and to register for the event,

6. Rockville, MD: Montgomery County Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Schools Summer Symposium. June 22-24, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

7. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Victims of Crime 2009 National Conference. June 22-24, 2009.  This conference will bring together victim service providers and advocates, law enforcement officials, researchers, educators, and allied professionals from around the country to share best practices, forge new collaborations, and enhance resources, policies, and services for crime victims.

8. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition welcomesguest speaker, The Honorable Edward R.K. Hargadon, Judge in Charge of Juvenile Court Division. June 25, 2009, 6:30pm at New Shiloh Family Life Center, 2100 North Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21217. Please RSVP to Cameron Miles at 410-547-9200 x 3002.

9. Baltimore, MD: 19th Annual National Association for Family Child Care Conference. June 25 - 27, 2009. For more information, visit

10. Baltimore, MD: NASRO 2009 National Conference. June 29 - July 3, 2009. N.A.S.R.O. - The National Association of School Resource Officers assisted by M.A.S.R.O. - The Maryland Association of School Resource Officers are hosting The NASRO 2009 National Conference in Baltimore June 29 to July 3, 2009.  Special SRO training classes will be offered during Conference. Additional information/classes to be posted as they become available. Details and registration forms will be posted on the training section on the website.


11. Nominations for Baltimore's Social Action Award. Do you know of individuals or organizations you would like to see recognized for making life better for people in the Baltimore area?  Submit their names to the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore 2009 Social Action Awards Dinner and Celebration.  Please use the form on the website: or send via e-mail: Deadline for submission is June 30. The Awards Dinner/Celebration will be October 4. For more information, contact Paul Sturm at 410/878-0946 or

12. Nominations are being accepted for the annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards, which benefits the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. Deadline is June 30. The awards recognize a Spirited Woman Rising (an up and coming young leader), Spirited Woman in Balance (a working mother) and the Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2009 (an accomplished leader). Nomination forms are available at [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

Reports, Research and Recent Publications

13. Late High School Dropouts: Characteristics, Experiences, and Changes Across Cohorts. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics released this report which presents information about selected characteristics and experiences of high school sophomores in 2002 who subsequently dropped out of school. It also presents comparative data about late high school dropouts in the years 1982, 1992, and 2004. [OSDFS]

14. Early exposure to childhood abuse or neglect can cause long-term health consequences. Early childhood exposure to adverse conditions such as child abuse or neglect increases the risk of developing poor physical and mental health outcomes over a lifetime, according to an article released in the June addition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Written by scientists at the CDC Injury Center, the article identifies childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors, which are called adverse childhood experiences, as major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. A summary of the article is available from the CDC Injury Center Connection


15. Revised suicide prevention gatekeeper training program matrix. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has released a revised and updated matrix of suicide prevention gatekeeper training programs. The matrix provides a comparison table of nine programs that are listed and described in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry.

16. bNetS@vvy. This  resource developed by the NEA Health Information Network, focuses on kids and technology and provides safety information on cyber bullying. Learn how to keep kids safe online. [OSDFS]

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

17. PBIS Maryland Events can be found at Western Region Returning Team Training - June 24, 2009Central 2 Region Returning Team Training - July 14, 2009Baltimore County Returning Team Training - July 14 - 16, 2009Coaches' training - July 20, 2009.

Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

18. Nonprofit Community Groups Serving Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. Disadvantaged Youth Eligible for Grants from Law Firm. The law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver has announced its seventh annual Ober|Kaler Community Grants Program. Ober|Kaler will award two $10,000 grants and one $15,000 special grant to nonprofit organizations working to educate, clothe, shelter, and/or feed disadvantaged youth living in Baltimore City or Washington, D.C. All organizations applying for assistance must be not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

19. Mental Health Consequences of Violence and Trauma. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites research grant applications for investigator-initiated research to enhance scientific understanding of the etiology of psychopathology related to violence and trauma, as well as studies to develop and test effective treatments, services, and prevention strategies in this area.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

20. Professional, business attire clothing donations are needed in Baltimore. For The Bon Secours Outreach Center, which provides job readiness training. Clients need clothes and shoes for job interviews. 410-962-4392 ext. 316. [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

21. Rockville, MD: Community Outreach Coordinator - Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. Coordinate prevention & early intervention program activities, including community outreach & resource management, within a collaborative school-based program.

Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • Washington, DC: Using National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for Research and Policy Analysis Workshop. July 7 - 10, 2009. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3 1/2-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for education research and policy analysis. The main NAEP database contains nationally representative achievement scores on 4th, 8th, and 12th graders from public and non-public schools in a variety of academic subjects. The database also contains background information on the students who were assessed and their learning environment
  • Washington, D.C.: The 2009 Youth Services Summit. July 30-31, 2009.  Implement Positive Strategies to Prepare Today's Youth for the Future.  For more information, visit:
  • Baltimore, MD: 2009 W.O.M.E.N. Conference. September 19, 2009. More information

  • Chicago, IL: Sustainable, Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Workshop, October 5-6, 2009. More information

  • Columbia, SC: National Shalom Summit VII, October 28-31, 2009. The purpose of the National Summit is to bring together as many as 400 community and church leaders representing more than 100 shalom zones in the United States and Africa for a time of sharing, inspiration, learning, networking and training. More information at
  • Minneapolis, MN: Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health: School Mental Health - Promoting Success for All Students. November 2-4, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please visit:

  • Pittsburgh, PA. 6th Annual Conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association.  November 17 - 18, 2009. More information at

  • Washington, DC: National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, 20th Anniversary Conference. December 3-6, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

  • 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

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