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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.  

July 13, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • On June 30th, Lt. Col. Rick Hite retired from the Baltimore City Police Department.  A long-time advocate for efforts to prevent youth violence, Rick worked what seemed 24/7 to increase community capacity to prevent violence and to reduce the consequences of violence when it did occur.  I know I am joined by many, many, many in Baltimore in thanking Rick for the work he did, for the help he provided outside of work, and for his willingness to always be there when asked.
  • Baltimore, MD: Please join the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition for an open discussion on reshaping & Remaking The Maryland Juvenile System, July 14, 2009, 6:30pm at New Shiloh Family Life Center, 2100 North Monroe St., Baltimore, MD 21217. Please RSVP to Cameron Miles at 410-547-9200 x 3002
  • 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 here.
  • Baltimore Neighborhoods: Celebrate National Night Out August 4, 2009. The 26th Annual National Night Out will be celebrated across the country on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Each community decides how it wishes to join in the celebration and in Baltimore, the evening has been celebrated with parades, cookouts, ice cream socials and candlelight vigils. To find out more about NNO and to get ideas for your event, visit the website for the National Association of Town Watch [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]
  • Audio-teleconference: Communities Working With the Judiciary to Address Underage Drinking. July 22, 2009, 3:00 - 4:15pm ET. This program is the third in a series of audio-teleconference presentations produced by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) in cooperation with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with a focus on the relationship of the judicial and probation communities and the issues related to underage alcohol abuse. Register online by clicking here.

  • Baltimore, MD: 2009 Youth Day Festival. August 8, 2009, 12:00 - 8:00pm at Font Hill and Frederick Ave. This festival is to celebrate the Life of our Youth.  Let's take back our streets and show youth positive ways to express themselves through art, visual demonstration, music, story telling, and rap and dance performances. For more information, contact Greta 410-900-3311.

  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. July 19, 2009 2:00-4:00 p.m.  This Sunday hear more about the efforts of FOXO and the National Exodus Council to create a nationwide network of ex-offender driven solutions to the challenges presented in Baltimore and elsewhere.  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. Web Forum: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform. July 20, 2009 3:00 - 4:30pm; July 21, 2009 3:00 - 4:30pm or August 4, 2009 1:00 - 2:30pm. Important policies to shape our health system and the nation's health are being debated in Congress right now. YOU can have an impact by reaching out to your members of Congress now and during the August summer recess when members are in their district offices. You are invited to participate in one of a series of three free web forums organized by Prevention Institute and Public Health Institute's Dialogue4Health. More information can be found here.

2. Jefferson City, MO: Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference 2009, July 30-31, 2009.  For more information, please visit the following link.

3. 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 here.

4. Baltimore, MD: Maryland's 21st Annual Suicide Prevention Conference. October 7, 2009. More information and registration can be found by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. 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 by clicking here.

6. 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:

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

8. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore International Festival. August 1 & 2, 2009, 12:00 - 9:00pm. Poly/Western High SchoolFor more information contract 410-396-3141 or click here.

9. National Harbor, MD: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference. August 3-5, 2009. For more information and online registration, visit their website.

10. 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 click here.

11. Hunt Valley, MD: Coach for America presents InSideOut(r) Coaching Seminar. August 8, 2009. 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 by clicking here.

12. New Orleans, LA: National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention. August 25 - 27, 2009. More information can be found by clicking here.

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

13. Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Delinquency Court. The report describes the unique and crucial role played by defense attorneys in juvenile court proceedings in providing comprehensive legal representation to children charged with offenses.  Click here for the full report. [source: JUVJUST]

14. Literature update compiled by SafetyLit. July 13, 2009, Abstract available here.

*Healing Connections: Rising Above the Gang. Lafontaine T, Acoose S, Schissel B. J Gang Res 2009; 16(2): 27-55.
*Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm. Townsend E, Walker DM, Sargeant S, Vostanis P, Hawton K, Stocker O, Sithole J. J Adolesc 2009; ePub
*Getting Behind Closed Doors: New Developments in Legislation to Prevent Domestic Violence. Romkens R, Lunnemann K. Int J Comp Appl Crim Justice 2008; 32(2): 173-194
*Health status and behavioral outcomes for youth who anticipate a high likelihood of early
. Borowsky IW, Ireland M, Resnick MD. Pediatrics 2009; 124(1): e81-8.

15. New edition: The Challenge Newsletter focusing on cyber bullying. This issue of The Challenge, vol. 16, no. 1, examines emerging trends in cyber bullying, an issue that can have an impact on students' well-being, safety, and academic achievement. It discusses research and promising practices to provide school personnel with tools to help students navigate cyberspace safely.
  [source: OSDFS]

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16. Making It Easier for School Staff to Help Traumatized Students. This research brief by RAND describes Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), a cognitive-behavioral program intended to be delivered in schools by teachers or school counselors rather than clinical personnel.  Click here for more information.

17. On the Road to Adulthood: A Databook about Teens and Young Adults in DC. This report from the Urban Institute  provides comprehensive data indicators and analysis on the state of older youth (age 12-24) in the District and examines the role of area nonprofits that work with young people, their families, and neighborhoods. Click here for more information.
[source: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

19. Jostens Foundation - Community Involvement Grants. Jostens supports strong communities and healthy children and families. The foundation's main focus is to fund programs that help youth become healthy and productive adults. Deadline: August 25, 2009. Click here for more information. [source: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools ]

20. Recovery Act Pathways Out of Poverty. To prepare individuals, including high school dropouts, for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.  Deadline: September 29, 2009. Click here for more information.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

21. Baltimore 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. NERDS!(tm) = New-found Excellence, Respect, Drive, and Success! Adults can register for one of our literacy classes designed to help individuals aged 16 and older pass the Official GED exam or help adults who already have a high school diploma strengthen their basic math and writing skills.  Parents and/or guardians can register youth aged 9 - 15 for tutoring classes designed to help youth increase their skills in Language Arts/Reading, Language Arts/Writing, Social Studies, and Math. Call 443-257-6752 to register. Learn more by clicking here.

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Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • 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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