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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.  

June 22, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Webinar: 2020 Forecast: What Will the Education Landscape Look Like? A Conversation with Barbara Diamond from KnowledgeWorks Foundation. June 25, 2009, 2:00pm ET. Education is taking center stage as our nation and the world pulls through tough economic times. Leaders are paying more attention on how education plays a critical role in changing this environment. The KnowledgeWorks 2020 Forecast, released in April 2009, outlines key forces of change that will shape the landscape of education over the next decade. Its goal is to help everyone with a stake in learning to identify shared interests, challenges and strategies and create transformative solutions for the future. Join Barbara Diamond, Senior Advisor at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, for an overview of the forces of change and an introduction to the resources available on the 2020 Forecast website. Access the KnowledgeWorks 2020 Forecast Map ( prior to the webinar and feel free to bring along your questions and comments about the forecast.
  • 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). More information
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. June 28, 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 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

This Week's Items of Interest

1. Baltimore, MD: Saving Our Families: Impact of Addiction on Youth & Parenting, June 30, 2009, 10:00am-3:00pm, New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., a community forum and resource fair with youth and adult children of current and formerly addicted parents, drug treatment providers and more. Partnership of the Mario Do Right Foundation and Center for Urban Families. RSVP at 410-367-5691[source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call].

2. Baltimore, MD: Breaking the Disconnects by Changing the Game: an East Baltimore History Project. July 14, 2009, 7:00pm at The Door (  219 N. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD  21231. For more information, email Drew Bennett at or Glenn Ross at  View the flyer at  [source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

3. Web Conference: Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Benefits, Costs, and Opportunities for States. July 15, 2009. 1:00pm ET. Join this Chapin Hall web conference as a panel of experts examines this fast evolving area of child welfare policy and practice. Panelists will analyze short- and long-term financial implications of extending care to age 21 and will share research findings about what we know--and don't know--about programming designed to help foster youth make the transition to adulthood. They will also discuss specific state initiatives and innovative ways in which states are sharing and building upon what they learn about supporting the youth in their care, within this rapidly changing landscape.

4. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore International Festival. August 1 & 2, 2009, 12:00 - 9:00pm. Poly/Western High School.  Be a part of Baltimore's most vibrant summertime festival, celebrating those things we have in common while breaking down the barriers that have kept us apart.  Don't miss this opportunity to showcase ethnic cuisine, exotic cultural arts and crafts, and educate the community on your business or non-profit organization.  For more information contract 410-396-3141 or visit [source: The Dixon Report]

Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition welcomes guest 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.

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

7. 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.

8. 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

9. New York, NY: Sustainable Schoolwide Social Emotional Learning Implementation Training. July 7 - 9. 2009. For more information,

10. Washington, DC: Using National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for Research and Policy Analysis Workshop. July 7 - 10, 2009. More information at


11. Baltimore Sun Editorial: Suburban scourge. June 16, 2009. "Case of the slain Crofton teen shows that gangs aren't just a city problem.... the terrible act of vengeance in Crofton showed that gangs and youth violence are problems that extend well beyond the city limits of Baltimore and other large urban centers. It's evidence of a national dilemma that has left even the country's leafy suburbs no longer feeling like the completely safe havens they once were." Read the full editorial at,0,7970414.story

Reports, Research and Recent Publications

12. School-Based Prevention Cuts Drug Use, Violence. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NISA) reported that fifth-grade students who took part in comprehensive, interactive school-based prevention programs starting as early as first grade were half as likely as their peers to use alcohol or other drugs, act out violently, or engage in sexual activity. [source: Join Together]

13. New Study Released on Prevalence of Serious Mental Illness Among Jail Inmates. The lead article in the June issue of Psychiatric Services by Henry J. Steadman, PhD and colleagues found that 14.5% of male and 31.0% of female inmates recently admitted to jail have a serious mental illness. [source: National GAINS Center]


14. Out of School Time Policy Commentary:  "After School Grows Up: Helping Teens Prepare for the Future". This commentary from the Forum for Youth Investment takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation -- from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire.

15. Funding for Cities to Support Children, Youth, and Families. The Youth, Educations and Families Institute has developed briefs describing opportunities to use the recovery package funding to advance priorities such as youth violence prevention, afterschool, early childhood success, tax credits and public benefits, multiple pathways to graduation, and neighborhood stabilization. [source: National League of Cities]

16. Afterschool Programs Strengthen Communities. Many neighborhoods lack safe places for youth to gather and socialize. Afterschool programs are uniquely suited to fill this void and become a safe space for both kids and parents to gather to learn, play and connect. Afterschool programs have the power to reduce crime, increase safety, bring neighbors together, and foster community pride and ownership. View this Afterschool Alliance Issue Brief at [source: National Human Services Assembly]

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

17. PBIS Maryland Events

  • Western Region Returning Team Training - June 24, 2009
  • Central 2 Region Returning Team Training - July 14, 2009
  • Baltimore County Returning Team Training - July 14 - 16, 2009
  • Coaches' training - July 20, 2009

Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

18. Early-Career Researchers Invited to Apply for William T. Grant Scholars Program.  The William T. Grant Foundation's William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers whose research contributes to understanding and improving the lives of young people in the United States between the ages of 8 and 25. Deadline: July 8, 2009.

19. The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation works to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the needs of children across the United States. The foundation accepts funding proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that meet one of the foundation's two basic purposes: 1) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and 2) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. Deadline: July 15, 2009.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

20. The Door seeks Mentors for Elementary and Middle School Students:  One 4 One Community Mentoring Program. Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation, Inc. and The Door are sponsoring an ongoing recruitment of mentors.  The sessions will take place at 219 N Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231.  This will be a 12 month commitment (4 hrs/month) to mentor youth aged 7-17.  There are 16 elementary and middle school students that are currently awaiting mentors.  For more information, contact Mary McClinton at 410-675-3288 or email [source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

21. Silver Spring, MD: Youth Programs Director - Community Bridges, Inc. Youth Programs Director is an excellent opportunity for an energetic self-starter who is pursuing a career in nonprofit management, program and youth development. Director will report to Exec. Dir. and will work with senior staff to oversee development of all programs.

Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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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