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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.  

August 3, 2009

We are taking a break next week, but the Items of Interest will return the week of August 17th. Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable summer!

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Of Special Note

  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Neighborhoods Celebrate National Night Out August 4, 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. To find out more about NNO and to get ideas for your event, visit the website for the National Association of Town Watch.
    • Events happening at the following locations:
      • Cherry Hill-1118 Cherry Hill Road, 21225, 6-8:30 pm
      • Coldstream/Homestead/Montebello- 32nd Street and Hillen Road, 21218, 6-9 pm
      • Barclay- 500 East 22nd Street, 21218, 4-8:30 pm
      • Oliver- 1400 East Federal Street, 21213, 5-8 pm
      • Park Heights- 3700 West Belvedere Ave, 21215, 5-8:30 pm
      • PenLucy-ChestnutHillPark, Old York Road and Chestnut Hill Ave, 21218, 6-8 pm. Peace Walk to follow at 8 pm
      • Washington Village/Pigtown-Carroll Park, Washington Blvd and Bayard Street, 21230, 5-9 pm
      • Gilmore Homes- North Mount and Presstman Streets, 21217, 4-8 pm
      • Carrollton Ridge- 400 South Pulaski Street, 21223, 6pm-8:30 pm
      • BoltonHill-PearlstonePark, North Howard and West Preston Streets, 21201, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Baltimore, MD: The Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library cordially invite you to the opening of NAACP Baltimore Branch: 97 Years and Counting. A historical exhibit of photographs, posters, documents, newspaper clippings and memorabilia. September 17, 2009, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reception, 2nd Floor, 7:30 p.m. Opening Program and Ribbon Cutting, 1st Floor Central Library/State Library Resource Center400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Curator: Larry S. Gibson. Kindly R.S.V.P. by September 14 to or call 410-396-5494.   For more information, click here
  • Baltimore, MD: Mayor Dixon's Neighborhood Conversation. The Mayor Wants To Hear From You.  Join to learn more about the services and resources available to families as they prepare for the upcoming school year.  August 19, 2009 5pm-8pm.  Cecil Elementary School, 200 Cecil Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218.
  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative presents: Youth Homelessness in Baltimore- Building a Community Response. August 26, 2009, 8:30am - 4:00pm Baltimore Behavioral Health Conference Center 1001 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD  21223. This event will host sessions on health adolescent development, developing youth friendly skills for first contact staff, funding sources for youth services, working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth, and the educational and legal rights of unaccompanied homeless youth. Information on complete workshop descriptions and registration can be viewed here
  • Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. You are cordially invited to the Community Hero Award Symposium and Ceremony Honoring Leon Faruq & the Safe Streets Program of Baltimore. August 31, 2009, 12:10 - 1:20pm. Speaker: Dr. Daniel Webster, 615 North Wolfe Street, Anna Baetjer Room (W1030), Baltimore, MD 21205. Please RSVP by August 17th to Maryanne Bailey at410-955-0442 or email
  • 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, email Jill Williams at or call 410-614-8643. 
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. August 9, 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. Baltimore, MD: National Association of Youth Courts Eastern Regional Training. August 24-25, 2009. More information can be found by clicking here.

2. Baltimore, MD: Mayor Sheila Dixon's Annual Back to School Rally. August 26, 2009, 1pm-8pm.   Baltimore City Public Schools Headquarters, 200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD.  Free school supplies, valuable services and resources on-site (must bring child's record to receive on-site immunization), and national and local recording artists will be featured. Pre-register at area Community Action Centers.  Call 410.396.4735 or click here for more info.

3. Philadelphia, PA: Cities and Women's Health: Global Perspectives. April 7 - 10, 2010. To deconstruct urban planning in terms of its potential to better support women's health. Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7. 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

8. 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.

9. 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

10.  Making Every Day Count: Boys & Girls Clubs' Role in Promoting Positive Outcomes for Teens.  This report is third in a series of reports from Public/Private Ventures' three-year study of the role Boys & Girls Clubs play in the lives of the youth they serve. Making Every Day Count examines how Club participation is related to youth's positive and healthy development in three outcome areas identified by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as central to its mission: good character and citizenship, academic success and healthy lifestyles. [source: Youth Resource Connections]

11. 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book now available. 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the safety and security of America's children, with 10 key features, on a state-by-state basis. Click here for more info.

12. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Releases Statement on Black-White Achievement Gaps in New Report.  Secretary Duncan releases a statement regarding the National Center for Education Statistics' new report, "Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading which analyzes black-white achievement gaps at both the national and state level and how those gaps have changed over time.  To view Secretary Duncan's statement and the press release, click here. [source: Youth Resource Connections]

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13. Lessons Learned from Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth.  This publication developed by the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Center of Excellence, describes how ACT for Youth unfolded over the first five years, identifying common themes and lessons learned across the eleven community partnerships that made up the first round of the ACT initiative.  The report examines the five outcomes toward which the ACT community development partnerships concentrated their efforts, presenting findings and recommendations for each objective: Build and maintain the community partnership; Increase services, opportunities, and supports for young people; Increase youth engagement; Create organizational change; Instill community policy change.  Click here for more information. [source: Youth Resource Connections]

14. Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence. The guide, from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Safe Start Center, offers informative tips on how to recognize the signs of children's exposure to violence and helpful advice on helping children thus exposed. [source: JUVJUST]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

15.  PBIS Maryland Events

*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

16. The Family League of Baltimore City - Request for Proposals (RFP) for Family Navigation services.  Family Navigation services assist Baltimore City families navigate the system of services and supports for children and youth with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral/mental health needs. The RFP and related documents and information can be found by visiting their website.  

17. Tony Hawk Foundation - Supporting Youth and Public Skateboard Parks Grant.  The Tony Hawk Foundation promotes high-quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the U.S. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for skatepark projects that are: 1) designed by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors; 2) include local skaters in the design process; 3) are in low-income areas; and 4) can demonstrate strong grassroots commitment to the project. Deadline: October 1, 2009. For more information, click here

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

18. 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 visit this link or call the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods at 410-396-4735.

19. 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

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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.  
  • 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 this link.
  • Baltimore, MD: 2009 W.O.M.E.N. Conference. September 19, 2009. More information can be found here.  
  • 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.  
  • Louisville, KY: 15th Annual "Safe Schools-Successful Student Conference". October 12-13, 2009.  For more information and to register for this event, click 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 visit this link.
  • Cincinnati, OH: Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Conference. November 5 - 7, 2009. Hosted by the Search Institute. Learn more by clicking here
  • Pittsburgh, PA. 6th Annual Conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association.  November 17 - 18, 2009. More information can be found on their website.
  • 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 this link.
  • 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 can be viewed here

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