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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 27, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • 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 Miles410-547-9200 ext. 3002.
  • Baltimore, MD: PEACE Baltimore Late Basketball. Join 92Q and teenagers from all over Baltimore City for PEACE Baltimore Late Basketball, Thursday, July 30th at the Madison Square Dome, 1400 E Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD, 21213 from 9pm-11pm. The Department of Recreation and Parks will be hosting 3 on 3 basketball tournaments and other fun basketball games for the teens. To learn more about PEACE Baltimore events and how to get involved, text the word "PEACE" to the number 79685 or visit Please note standard text message rates apply. [source: The Dixon Report]
  • 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.
  • Join Us In A Tribute To Rick Hite. For more than 20 years, if you lived in Baltimore and your community had a concern that involved youth and the Baltimore City Police Department, you probably called Rick Hite.  Although he retired from the Police Department in June, it isn't too late to express your gratitude for the work he's done and that we hope will continue to do.  The Center will be hosting a "Thank you Rick Hite" event from noon- 2pm on August 20th, at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, 2800 Charles Street.   If you're planning on attending, please email Jill Williams at or call 410-614-8643.

  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. August 2, 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.

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New Events/Conferences/Training

1.  Ready by 21 Webinar: Aligning Policies and Funding. August 12, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT. Hear about cities and states that have crafted innovative solutions to the chronic effects of siloed approaches to improve youth programs and services. Register online by clicking here.

2. Louisville, KY: 15th Annual "Safe Schools-Successful Student Conference." October 12-13, 2009.  For more information and to register for this event, click here.  

3. Cincinnati, OH: Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Conference. November 5 - 7, 2009. Hosted by the Search Institute. Learn more by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. 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.

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

6.  Cincinnati, OH: School and Community. July 31 - August 2, 2009. For more information and to register for the event visit the following link

7. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore International Festival. August 1 & 2, 2009, 12:00 - 9:00pm. Poly/Western High SchoolFor more information contract410-396-3141 or click here

8. National Harbor, MD: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference. August 3-5, 2009. More information and online registration click here

9. 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.

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 443-742-2428 or click here

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

12. 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 click here.

13. 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

14. Literature update compiled by SafetyLit. July 27, 2009.  Abstract available here

  • A cross-national profile of bullying and victimization among adolescents in 40 countries.  Craig W, Harel-Fisch Y, Fogel-Grinvald H, Dostaler S, Hetland J, Simons-Morton B, Molcho M, de Mato MG, Overpeck M, Due P, Pickett W. Int J Public Health 2009; ePub
  • A Gender-Specific Pathway to Serious, Violent, and Chronic Offending? Exploring Howell's Risk Factors for Serious Delinquency. Johansson P, Kempf-Leonard K. Crime Delinquency 2009; 55(2): 216-240.
  • A pilot study evaluating a support programme for parents of young people with suicidal behaviour.  Power L, Morgan S, Byrne S, Boylan C, Carthy A, Crowley S, Fitzpatrick C, Guerin S. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health 2009; 3(1): 20.
  • An Exploration of DSM-Oriented Scales in the Prediction of Criminal Offending Among Urban American Youths. Paquette Boots D, Wareham J. Crim Justice Behav 2009; 36(8): 840-860.
  • Bullies, Victims and Bully-Victims. Georgiou SN, Stavrinides P. School Psychol Int 2008; 29(5): 574-589.
    Bullying and Victimization Among Boys and Girls in Middle School.  Wienke Totura CM, MacKinnon-Lewis C, Gesten EL, Gadd R, Divine KP, Dunham S, Kamboukos D. J Early Adolesc
    2009; 29(4): 571-609

15. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009. Release by The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, this report continues a series of annual reports to the Nation on conditions affecting children in the United States.  Click here for more information.

16. Developing Human Capital to Improve Urban Education: Challenges and Opportunities. Chapin Hall partnered with the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation to host a convening for the Stone Foundation Education Grantees in October of 2008. The purpose of the convening was to gather key leaders in the education field for a discussion of the lessons learned in their work and how these lessons inform future practice and policy opportunities. This report highlights key points from this discussion.  Click here for more information.

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17. American Academy of Pediatrics updates their statement on pediatricians' role in youth violence prevention.  The policy statement outlines and defines the emerging role of the pediatrician in the prevention of youth violence, outlines possible interventions that could be woven into routine health maintenance and preventive care practice, and identifies opportunities for pediatricians to assume leadership roles in violence prevention education and advocacy in community-based and out-of-office settings. Click here for more information. [source: Maternal and Child Health Library]

18. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)/American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) added 2 new programs to Best Practices Registry. Student Mental Health and the Law and programs were added to Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention (BPR).  For more information, click here

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

19. PBIS Maryland Events

*Southern Region Returning Team Training - July 29 - 30, 2009
*State Leadership Meeting - August 21, 2009
*SWIS Facilitator Training - September 22 - 24, 2009
*PBIS Implementer's Forum - October 8 - 9, 2009

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

20. Prudential Foundation Revitalizing Communities Grants. The Prudential Foundation promotes sustainable communities by focusing its grant making on education, economic development and civic infrastructure. Examples of funded projects are helping to improve schools, promoting neighborhood activities, and preserving parks and playgrounds. Click here for more information. [source: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]

21. Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development Program. This grant supports behavioral and integrative treatment research that will have a meaningful impact on improving treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence.  Click here for more information.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

22. Cleaner Greener Healthier Safer Ambassadors. You still have time to register for the Neighborhood Ambassador Program.   The goal of this program is to create "in-community" experts in the fields of Clean, Green, Health and Safe to help community groups and residents become more informed.  If you are a resident, please contact your community leader to seek designation.  For more information please go to this website or call the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods at 410-396-4735. [source: The Dixon Report]

23. Big Brothers and Big Sisters is looking for mentors for its Elevate Initiative. Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) Association of Central Maryland is looking for mentors for its Elevate initiative, a special program designed for elementary school children in East Baltimore to prevent school dropout rates.  BBBS is located 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD  21211.  The program will take place in four East Baltimore City public elementary schools. The commitment requires mentoring twice a month at the school during lunchtime, or mentoring in the community twice per month. Children are usually taken to free and low cost activities.  If interested, please call BBBS at (410) 243-4000 ext 233.  A completed application is also required.  More information can be found here.
[source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

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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 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
  • 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.
  • 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, click here.

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