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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 20, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Dear Baltimore City Schools Partners and Friends - Please save the date for a very special announcement by Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dr. Andrés A. Alonso. Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 3:30pm at Abbottston Elementary School, 1300 Gorsuch Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218. Special Guests: Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Mayor Sheila Dixon, and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick. Transportation to Abbottston available: Buses will depart from the central office (200 E. North Ave., Guilford Avenue side) beginning at 2:40 p.m. and the last bus will depart at 3 p.m. The return buses will begin departing at 4:30 pm.
  • Your help is needed - Contribute to the Comprehensive Listing of Organizations Working With African American Males in the Baltimore Area. Your assistance is needed in helping to put together the most comprehensive listing of organizations / programs working with African American men/boys in Baltimore City and surrounding counties to date. It is critical that before we can move any collective agenda forward that attempts to strengthen, enhance and expand the network of services to Black men and boys in Baltimore, we need to assess the organizational and programmatic landscape to determine who is doing what, what gaps exist and what additional resources are needed to create and sustain the necessary infrastructure to carry out the Call 2 Actions' initiative  initial mission, which was to: "challenge and engage Black men in activities and initiatives that are designed to uplift their families and end the violence in schools and communities throughout Baltimore City." The information collected will be used to list which organizations/programs currently exist, their primary focus area, hours of operation, staffing and legal structure. You can help by contacting Richard A. Rowe at President/CEO, African American Male Leadership Institute with information about organizations/programs of interest.
  • Baltimore, MD: Parent Expo. July 28, 2009, 6:30 - 8:30pm at Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Fulton Ave, Baltimore. Organizations will be present that provide services to both parents and youth. Hosted by Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, Urban Leadership Institute and Raising Him Alone Campaign. For more information, please contact Cameron Miles 410-547-9200 ext. 3002.
  • 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: Casey Family Services Community Resource/Back-to-School Fair. August 15, 2009, 10:00am - 2:00pm at Casey Family Services, 25 North Caroline St., Baltimore. The theme for the event is Celebrating Community Services and the purpose is to bring together resources that families need during these difficult times. The center offers community-based programming such as, GED and ESOL classes, information and referral, support groups, parenting education, computer lab, fatherhood programs, child care services, and mother/baby foster care services. For more information call 410.342.7554 or visit

  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. July 26, 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 at

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New Events/Conferences/Training

1. Baltimore, MD: 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 by clicking here.

2. Hunt Valley, MD: InSideOut Coaching Seminar. August 8, 2009. Training provided by Coach for America. Learn more by clicking here

3. 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.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. Web Forum: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform. 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.

5. 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.

6. Jefferson City, MO: Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference 2009, July 30-31, 2009.  For more information, please visit their website.

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

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. More information and online registration click here

10. 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.

11. 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 443-742-2428 or visit the following link.

12. Hunt Valley, MD: Coach for America presents InSideOut® 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 email Learn more at

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

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

14. Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Delinquency Court. This report from the National Juvenile Defender Center describes the unique and crucial role played by defense attorneys in providing comprehensive legal representation to children charged with offenses. Click here for the full report. [source: National Juvenile Justice Network]

15. Out-of-School Time Bibliography Update. The Harvard Family Research Project has added 25 new entries and updated 5 others in their bibliography of out-of-school time (OST) program evaluations and research studies. Visit the OST Bibliography to access descriptions, citations, and links to evaluations and research studies for over 500 OST programs, including these new and updated entries. Click here for the updated version.

16. Bullying in Schools. Published by U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Part of COPS' Problem- Specific Guide Series, the guide provides police with information about the causes and extent of bullying in schools and includes recommendations for developing practices and policies that promote student safety. Click here for the full report.
  [source: OJJDP]

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17. Tools for excellence in juvenile detention advocacy. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's website for information on achieving excellence in detention advocacy. For more information, visit

18. Coach for America on the radio. Joe Ehrmann, of Coach for America, was a guest on the Dan Rodricks' Midday Show on WYPR Radio July 16th. If you care to listen to Joe talk about Coach for America, click here
and look at Thursday, July 16, 2009. Learn more about Coach for America at

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

19. PBIS Maryland Summer Institute 2009. The institute is underway with several events and a couple thousand attendees.  See available presentations online at

PBIS Maryland Events
*Secondary new team training - July 21 - 22, 2009
*Elementary new team training - July 23 - 24, 2009
*Eastern Shore Returning Team Training - July 28 - 29, 2009
*Southern Region Returning Team Training - July 29 - 30, 2009
*State Leadership Meeting - August 21, 2009
*Elementary new team training - July 23 - 24, 2009

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

21. Child support/welfare partnerships. To encourage collaborations between child support agencies, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families agencies and universities. Deadline: August 24, 2009. Click here for more information.

22. Tom's of Maine Civic engagement. To recognize nonprofit community involvement projects. Deadline: August 30, 2009.  Click here for more information.

23. Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation. For assessing the effectiveness of innovative youth programs. Small or medium nonprofits in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Deadline: July 31, 2009.  Click here for more information.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

24. 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]

25. 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 visiting

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

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