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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 31, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • TODAY! Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy invite you to the Community Hero Award Symposium and Ceremony Honoring Leon Faruq & the Safe Streets Program of Baltimore. August 31, 2009, 12:10 - 1:20pm, 615 North Wolfe St., Anna Baetjer Room (W1030), Baltimore, MD 21205. Accepting the Award will be Noni Faruq. Speaker is Dr. Daniel Webster.
  • Columbia, MD: Forum - What is Racial Equity and How Does It Affect Our Children? September 14, 2009, 1:00 - 3:00pm at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044. Get the perspectives of Congressman Elijah Cummings and Congresswoman Donna Edwards on racial equity for Maryland's children and families. Hear from policy directors at Advocates for Children and Youth about Maryland's racial equity problem and learn about some solutions in child welfare, education, health and juvenile justice. Discuss next steps. The forum is free. For questions, please contact Cameron Miles, ACY Director of Organizing, at
  • Baltimore, MD: NBA's Carmelo Anthony and R & B Singer Mario's Back to School Kickoff Event. September 3, 2009, 4:00pm at Carmelo Anthony Center, 1100 E. Fayette St., Baltimore. Free school supplies will be distributed. Contact Sonjie at
  • Baltimore, MD: Workshop - How to Write the Program Evaluation Section of your Grant Proposal. September 25, 2009, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 525 N. Wolfe Street, Room 009. Learn evaluation strategies; Learn how to determine which evaluation strategies are best for your program-and doable within your budget; Learn how to write an evaluation plan that will sell your grant This workshop will be taught by Clea McNeely, DrPH, MA, an expert in community-based participatory research and evaluation and an assistant professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For more information, contact Catonya Lester at or 410-502-6155. There is a $10 registration fee. Register online by September 11th at
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. September 6, 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. Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network Regional & Statewide Conference. October 1, 2009. This year's conference will provide an opportunity to strategize for the upcoming legislative session and  develop tools to communicate the importance of  Out of School Time (OST) opportunities for youth including the long term savings to the state, provided by giving all young people the opportunities they need to succeed.   The conference will take place in eight centrally located centers throughout the state, similar to last year's event. These centers will be linked by web-based videoconferencing technology to allow for concurrent regional networking and statewide communication.   More information and registration info can be found

2. Tampa, FL: Celebrating Healthy Teens and Young Families: 30 Years of Making a Difference. October 21-24, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please click here

3. Cincinnati, OH: Successful Practices: Surviving to Thriving - Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Conference. November 5-7, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, click here

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. Baltimore, MD: 2009 Conference on Children's Health and Environment. September 11, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

5. 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 click here.

6. Baltimore, MD: 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.  More information can be found at

7. Baltimore, MD: The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) In conjunction with The Office of Partnerships, Communications and Community Engagement will co-host the first Community Forum to Review the Annual Community Engagement Report. September 17, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm, BCPS Headquarters, 200 E. North Avenue in the 1st Floor Board Room. For more information, click here

8. Baltimore, MD: 2009 W.O.M.E.N. Conference. September 19, 2009. More information can be found by clicking here

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

9. From Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System. The report analyzes available data to provide a comprehensive look at how the nation treats pre-adolescent children who commit serious crimes and offers related recommendations for the consideration of policymakers.  Click here for the full report. [source: JUVJUST]

10. U.S. Head Start by the Numbers: 2007 Program Information Report (PIR) Profile. From the Center for Law and Social Policy. Click here for the full report.

11. Measuring and improving school climate: A strategy that recognizes, honors, and promotes social, emotional and civic learning the foundation for love, work and engaged citizenry.  In this commentary, the authors, Jonathon Cohen, Arne Fege, and Terry Pickeral, call upon educational leaders to think broadly and anew about the responsibility that the federal as well as State Departments of Education have for the well being of children and families. The authors detail six recommendations that will help to close the current gap between school climate research, policy, practice guidelines, and teacher education.  Click here for the full report.
[source: Coalition for Community Schools]

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12. Preventing Cyberbullying in Schools and the  Community. This brief, produced by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, provides an overview of  bullying and cyberbullying and their harmful effects on youth, as well as  strategies for schools and parents to use to prevent cyberbullying in  their homes and communities. More information can be found by clicking here

13. Grants.Gov web site offers new feature for information on applying for all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Federal Grants. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently unveiled a new feature on to help users find and apply for The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant opportunities. contains information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs. The launch of this Recovery Act feature on the homepage of will direct users to Recovery Act opportunities, other Recovery Act resources, upcoming Webinars and links to
and   Visit to view the new features. [source: OJJDP]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

14. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support is now open until September 10, 2009.  Go to for more information.

15. PBIS Maryland Events

**SWIS Facilitator Training - September 22 - 24, 2009
**PBIS Implementer's Forum - October 8 - 9, 2009

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

16. Baltimore, MD: OSI-Baltimore - Resources for your Baltimore City Public School students. Tap into $25,000 in funding to improve student attendance. Baltimore City Public Schools teachers are invited to request supplies at, for up to $350 in materials that reward students for very good or improved attendance.  Elementary school teachers can give out certificates or snacks at an awards ceremony when the class shows great attendance.  Middle school teachers can give out play money for each day of attendance and allow students to purchase rewards.  High school teachers can request tickets to an Orioles game for improved attendance. More information can be found by clicking here.

17. Youth Service America - UnitedHealth HEROES Grants. Youth Service America is accepting applications for the UnitedHealth HEROES Grants to provide support for service-learning projects that focus on childhood obesity and engage youth ages 5-25 in the planning and implementation process. In particular, Youth Service America is seeking applications from service-learning projects that combine teaching and learning with meaningful service to the community with school-based curriculum or program-based learning. Deadline: October 22, 2009.  Click here for more information.  
[source: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

18. Baltimore, MD: Volunteers, facilitators and mentors needed for The Mayor's Young Women in Action Initiative, school-based mentoring program focusing on life and social skills for girls. You can make a difference in a girl's life through mentoring, cultural enrichment and community service projects. Contact Denise Parker at or call 410-627-7303. [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

19. Baltimore, MD: Project PLASE
has volunteer positions to fill.  Project PLASE is located 1814 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21201 and addresses homelessness by providing transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults.  Immediate need for Silent Auction Committee Member for 35th Anniversary Gala on 11/14/09.  The Silent Auction Committee is key to the financial success of the fundraiser gala for the services provided by Project PLASE.  Other volunteer positions also available.  Commitment is asked to be between 1-8 hours a week.  Training and support will be provided.   Please contact Hanna Mast at or call 410-837-1400 ext 33 for more information. [source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

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Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • 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.  
  • Indianapolis, IN: Representing America's Youth: Transforming the Field of Juvenile Services. October 11-14, 2009. For more information and to register, click 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
  • Philadelphia, PA: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 7-11, 2009. For more information and to register, click 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
  • Tampa, FL: The 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. March 7 - 10, 2010. For more information, click 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
  • 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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