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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.  

June 29, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Faculty and staff of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence mourn the passing of Leon Faruq, Director of East Baltimore's Safe Streets program - a community-based public health program to reduce gun violence.  Since June 2007, Leon has directed the Safe Streets program in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. In the years prior to the program's implementation, the 44-square block neighborhood would typically experience 3 or 4 homicides and 10 nonfatal shootings each year.  But under Leon's leadership, McElderry Park experienced no homicides for 22 months following the implementation of Safe Streets.  Leon was instrumental in mediating disputes, mentoring a dedicated team of ex-offenders, helping youths gain life skills and jobs, and mobilizing communities to promote nonviolence. As a result of this success, the city and local foundations provided additional funds to expand the boundaries of the Safe Streets program that Leon directed in East Baltimore.

    Leon spent 27 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit.  While in prison, he acquired a bachelor's and master's degree and converted to Islam. Soon after he got out of prison, Leon started a successful program helping people getting out of prison to turn away from crime and violence (to see obituary, click here).

    Science has taught us that we can prevent youth violence with strategies grounded in empirical practice and supported by rigorous evaluations of their efficacy. But evidence-based practices do not guarantee success replication.  Experience tells us that the success in preventing violence often depends on exceptional individuals with significant personal qualities - integrity, courage, commitment, compassion, and insights. Leon Faruq brought these qualities to his work to promote nonviolence, transform lives, and revitalize communities. We know that many he has impacted will work to continue his legacy.  He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
  • 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
  • Baltimore, MD: New Psalmist Baptist Church presents: Choose to be G.R.E.A.T. in Baltimore Summer Camp. July 13 - 17, 2009, 8:00am - 4:00pm each day. Camp will be held at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501-1/2 Old Frederick Rd., Baltimore 21229. The camp is a partnership between New Psalmist and various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, ATF, Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police. The purpose of camp, which targets children ages 9 to 12, is to build relationships with and to introduce youngsters to various components of law enforcement. An informational meeting will be held June 29th at 6:00pm, Fellowship Hall at New Psalmist. For more information, contact Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr., Pastor, 410-945-3193 or email
  • 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 by clicking here.
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. July 5, 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 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: I Can Do It - a FREE Music & Arts Camp. July 8 - July 12, 2009, 12:30 - 4:30pm each day. The I Can Do It Celebration will be held July 11th 11:00am - 12:30pm. The camp includes fun, learning about music, hip hop dance, drama and songs. Hosted by John Wesley AME Zion, 1923 Ashland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205. Registration is required. Please contact via email at or via phone at 410 655-5652 or 410 732-7020.

2. Hunt Valley, MD: Coach for America presents InSideOut(r) Coaching Seminar. August 8, 2009. InSideOut Coaching is a life changing process based on attachment research, social neuroscience and best coaching practices. The goal of InSideOutCoaching is to create a tipping point in communities where coaches and institutions support and implement the idea that the academic, social, emotional, civic and moral well-being of players are no longer considered beyond the scope of what sports and coaches can or should accomplish. To reserve a spot, call or email Cathy at (443) 797-0144 (x3) or Learn more about the seminar here.

3. New Orleans, LA: National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention. August 25 - 27, 2009.  For more information, click here.

4. Cincinnati, OH: School and Community. July 31 - August 2, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Up-Coming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. 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 can be viewed here.

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

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

8. 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.  Click here for more information.

9. 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.   Click here for more information.

10. Washington, DC: The 2009 Youth Services Summit. July 30-31, 2009.  Implement Positive Strategies to Prepare Today's Youth for the Future.  For more information, visit their website.


11. Prisoners returning home to Houston. These four reports from the Urban Institute explore prisoner reentry in Texas's largest city from the perspectives of the community, the former prisoners, and their family members. Prisoners returning home face multiple challenges, from finding a job and a place to live to rebuilding relationships and overcoming behavior that may send them back to jail.

"Prisoner Reentry in Houston: Community Perspectives"
By Diana Brazzell and Nancy G. La Vigne

"When Relatives Return: Interviews with Family Members of Returning Prisoners in Houston, Texas"
By Tracey L. Shollenberger

"Women on the Outside: Understanding the Experiences of Female Prisoners Returning to Houston, Texas"
By Nancy G. La Vigne, Lisa E. Brooks, and Tracey L. Shollenberger

"One Year Out: The Experiences of Male Returning Prisoners in Houston, Texas"
By Nancy G. La Vigne, Tracey L. Shollenberger, and Sara Debus

12. Summer Learning Day - July 9, 2009. Host an event during the week of July 6, to help focus attention on how summer programs: Send young people back to school ready to learn; Support working families; Help to keep children safe and healthy. The National Center for Summer Learning offers free, online resources, including an event checklist, event media advisory template and summer learning talking points that you can use to kick start your event. Learn more by clicking here.

Reports, Research and Recent Publications

13. Literature update compiled by SafetyLit. June 29, 2009, Abstract available here.

Environmental adversity and increasing genetic risk for externalizing disorders. - Hicks BM, South SC, Dirago AC, Iacono WG, McGue M. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2009; 66(6): 640-8.

Gender differences in the relationship between perceived social support and student adjustment during early adolescence. - Rueger SY, Malecki CK, Demaray MK. School Psychol Q 2008; 23(4): 496-514.

How effective are school bullying intervention programs? A meta-analysis of intervention research. - Merrell KW, Gueldner BA, Ross SW, Isava DM. School Psychol Q 2008; 23(1): 26-42.

Predictors of Multiple Suicide Attempts among Suicidal Black Adolescents.
- Merchant C, Kramer A, Joe S, Venkataraman S, King CA. Suicide Life Threat Behav 2009; 39(2): 115-24.

Rates and correlates of violent behaviors among adolescents treated in an urban emergency department. - Walton MA, Cunningham RM, Goldstein AL, Chermack ST, Zimmerman MA, Bingham CR, Shope JT, Stanley R, Blow FC. J Adolesc Health 2009; 45(1): 77-83.

Understanding the Nature and Consequences of Children's Exposure to Violence: Research Perspectives. - Price LN, Maholmes V. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 2009; ePu

14. Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path. In a new study from Johns Hopkins University, researchers pinpoint the time in middle school when students can be seen to have "fallen off the path to high school graduation." The study sought high-yield indicators that identified students who, absent intervention, would have low odds of graduating and identified at least 25 percent of future non-graduates or dropouts. The report found that sixth graders who failed math or English/reading, or attended school less than 80 percent of the time, or received an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course, had a 10- to 20-percent chance of graduating on time. [source: Public Education Network


15. New substance abuse and mental health data available for analysis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) provides free access to the most current and comprehensive national data on substance abuse and mental health. More information, click here.

16. Financial Accounting for States and Local School Systems handbook. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has just released the latest version of this handbook which provides guidance for maintaining an accounting system for public education at the school district and state levels, and a detailed list of account codes and definitions. This guidance meets all GAAP standards.  For more information, click here.  [source: OSDFS]

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

17. PBIS Maryland recognizes 344 schools in 2009.  See the recipients and criteria by clicking here.

18. PBIS Maryland Events

*Central 2 Region Returning Team Training - July 14, 2009
*Baltimore County Returning Team Training - July 14 - 16, 2009
*Coaches' training - July 20, 2009
*Secondary new team training - July 21 - 22, 2009
*Elementary new team training - July 23 - 24, 2009

Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

19. Baltimore - Free marketing/communications services available to area non-profits. Baltimore non-profits can apply to receive FREE marketing/communications projects through a national program called CreateAThon. Sponsored regionally by Purple Cat, a Kent Island public relations firm, applications are available by contacting (410) 604-2319 or The deadline is July 13. [source: The Dixon Report]

20. The National Association of Independent Schools: Challenge 20/20 Partnership. The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together two schools: one from the United States and one from outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout the fall 2009 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Deadline: August 17, 2009.  Click here for more information.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

21. Baltimore, MD: Mentors Needed for Community Law In Action (CLIA) is organizing a new mentoring program to connect 100 young people with 100 adult mentors. The youth are all rising 9th and 10th grade students from four Baltimore City schools--Lemmel & Garrison Middle Schools and Forest Park & Douglas High Schools. Mentors must be over 20, live in the Baltimore Metro area, and be dedicated to mentor for at least one year. Angela Hanks at 410-706-3940 or [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

22. Wheaton, MD: Program Coordinator - Interages Inc. Part time program coordinator for tutoring and mentoring programs offered by nonprofit in Montgomery County, MD public schools. Click here for more information.

Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • 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 click here, or contact 410-396-3141.
  • National Harbor, MD: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference. August 3-5, 2009. More information and online registration click here
  • Baltimore, MD: 7th Annual New Africa Festival. August 8, 2009, 1:00 - 9:00pm. The New Africa Festival is a celebration of excellence in the individual, the family and the community, showcasing success in culture, education, business and includes recognition of outstanding community service. For Vending or more information call 443-742-2428 or visit their website.
  • Baltimore, MD: 2009 Conference on Children's Health and Environment. September 11, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please visit their website.
  • Baltimore, MD: 2009 W.O.M.E.N. Conference. September 19, 2009. More information can be found here.
  • Garden Grove, CA: 22nd Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference. September 15-18, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please visit their website.
  • Chicago, IL: Sustainable, Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Workshop, October 5-6, 2009. More information can be found here.
  • 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 can be found here.
  • 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 click here.
  • Pittsburgh, PA. 6th Annual Conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association.  November 17 - 18, 2009. More information can be found here.
  • 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 their website.
  • 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 here

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