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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.  

September 7, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Governor's Office for Children, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation hosted a meeting on September 3, 2008 in Baltimore to aid federal, state, and local policy makers and planners to reduce the barriers inhibiting the large-scale implementation of strategies and programs that promote positive mental health and youth development in addition to preventing mental disorders, drug used, and youth violence. The meeting included summaries of two recent Institute of Medicine reports: Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities and Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention. Both of these reports documented numerous effective programs and practices that are only being used in a small number of communities. The participants discussed ongoing efforts that could increase the number of children, youth, and families who could benefit from existing practices, programs, and strategies if they were only more available.  Participants included staff from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, Labor, Defense, and Urban Development; Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland; and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the District of Columbia.  Summaries of presentations will be available on the Center's web site www.jhsph.edu/preventyouthviolence next week.
  • Virtual Town Hall on Drug Abuse Prevention.  September 9, 2009 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST.  Learn about the latest science-based approaches to drug abuse prevention, with a focus on the Communities That Care System. The virtual town hall will offer top Federal prevention experts a chance to interact with citizens and community representatives who have seen impressive results in their own communities. It will also let community leaders know how to access details about a host of effective prevention approaches, featuring the Communities That Care (CTC) System. To register for the event, click here
  • 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 cmiles@acy.org.
  • Glen Burnie, MD: Community Conferencing: 2nd Annual Bull & Oyster Roast. October 2, 2009, 7:00 - 11:00pm Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Greyburn Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. $40 / ticket; $350 / table of 10. Come enjoy great food & music, dancing, bid on items in our silent auction, enjoy games, prizes & FUN!  Call 410-889-7400 for tickets and information, or visit http://www.communityconferencing.org/
  • 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 clester@jhsph.edu  or 410-502-6155. There is a $10 registration fee. Register online by September 11th http://www.jhsph.edu/urbanhealth
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. September 13, 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://www.foxo.us or email Brother Bey at thinkingisdestiny@yahoo.com or call 410-262-4456.   Information about the new FOXO training DVD: The Psychology and Sociology of Criminology also is available on the website http://www.foxo.us

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New Events/Conferences/Training

1. 35th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week. National Suicide Prevention Week is observed September 6th through September 12th, surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. Sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, the purpose of National Suicide Prevention Week is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. Download a media kit by clicking here.

2. Baltimore, MD: Do we still need to talk about race? September 16, 2009, 7:30pm Wheeler Auditorium Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. With the election of President Obama, some say race is no longer an obstacle to success and the "American Dream" is more reality than not. During this discussion, Ben Jealous, executive director of the NAACP, and Gerald Torres, professor at the University of Texas Law School and co-author of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy, will challenge this assumption. This is the third event in the Open Society Institute-Baltimore's year-long series Talking About Race, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The series addresses how we talk (or do not talk) about race from different perspectives and why it is imperative that we discuss this subject openly and thoughtfully. Click here for more information.


3. Columbia, MD: Forum - What is Racial Equity and How Does It Affect Our Children? September 14, 2009, 1:00 - 3:00pm. 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. Forum is free. Register online by clicking here.
  [source: Advocates for Children & Youth]

4. Baltimore, MD: Diagnosing And Treating Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents. October 16, 2009. For more information and to register for the event, please
click here.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. 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.

6. 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.


7. 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 events@prattlibrary.org or call 410-396-5494. www.prattlibrary.org


8. 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. Click here for more information.


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


10. 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 can be found by
clicking here.

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

11. National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIV: Teens and Parents. This report was released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. One striking finding was that compared to teens who have not seen their parent(s) drunk, those who have are more than twice as likely to get drunk in a typical month, and three times likelier to use marijuana and smoke cigarettes. Learn more by clicking here [source: OJJDP]

12. Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know. The early years of life present a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. It is a time of great growth and of vulnerability. Research on early childhood has underscored the impact of the first five years of a child's life on his/her social-emotional development. Negative early experiences can impair children's mental health and effect their cognitive, behavioral, social-emotional development. Read this brief from the National Center for Children in Poverty.  Click here for more information.
[source: National Human Services Assembly]

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Resources

13. OJJDP Seeks Information on DSO Promising Practices. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks information on initiatives that help states achieve or maintain the deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO). To that end, OJJDP invites state agencies and others to nominate programs and strategies that have shown promise in keeping status offenders out of jail or removing status offenders from juvenile or adult detention, regardless of funding source. Nominated programs will be reviewed for inclusion in a database of promising DSO initiatives. To be eligible for nomination, programs and strategies must have been in operation for at least 2 years and data documenting their impact must show improvement over one or more periods of time. Nomination form can be found by clicking here.   [source: JUVJUST]

14. Shared Youth Vision. A Partnership between the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor; the U.S. Social Security Administration; and the Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to create a Collaborative Approach to Prepare Youth for Success in a Global, Demand-Driven Economy. The youth workforce investments are guided by an interagency Shared Youth Vision.
http://www.doleta.gov/ryf/

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

15.
The Call for Papers for the 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support is now open until September 10, 2009.  Go to www.pbismaryland.org for more information.

16. PBIS Maryland Events
http://www.pbismaryland.org/

**SWIS Facilitator Training - September 22 - 24, 2009
**PBIS Implementer's Forum - October 8 - 9, 2009
**Coaches meeting - October 21, 2009
**State leadership meeting - November 5, 2009

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

17. Applications are being accepted for the new National Endowment for the Arts/Baltimore City Job Retention Grant. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 to be used for the cultural community for job retention efforts. Visit their website and click on grants or call 410-752-8632. Deadline: September 25, 2009.

18. National/State Schools of Character Awards. The 2010 National/State Schools of Character Awards Program names public and private schools and districts (K-12) as National Schools of Character (NSOC) for their outstanding work in character education. The program honors recipients, showcases their work, and helps them to inspire and lead others. Deadline: December 1, 2009.
http://www.character.org/nsoc [source: Public Education Network]

19. National Institute on Out-of-School Time - National Afterschool Matters Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grant. On behalf of the Robert Bowne Foundation, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time has announced funding for the 2010 National Afterschool Matters Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grants. The grant has the following goals: 1) Generate and disseminate research about community-based organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours; 2) Build a network of scholars studying community based-organizations serving youth; and 3) Contribute to basic knowledge and the improvement of practice and policy in the area of community-based youth programs. Deadline: September 28, 2009.
http://www.niost.org/index.php [source: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

20. Washington, DC: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Senior Associate, Strategic Planning and Development. Fight Crime: Invest in Kid is seeking and experienced development professional whom has 3-5 years of fundraising experience, and excellent writing, oral communication, and representational skills. Responsibilities will include writing proposals, letters, reports, and other materials, playing a major role in organizing, planning and implementing an aggressive major donor program that identifies and cultivates new sources of support and increase income from current donors. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit their website. [source: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]

21. Silver Spring, MD: Client/Family Services Coordinator - Hearts & Homes For Youth, Inc. Hearts & Homes for Youth, a non-profit agency that serves youth in child welfare and juvenile services, is seeking a Client/Family Services Coordinator at the Damamli Teen Mother/Independent Living Program. This individual will be responsible for coordinating services for the youth and the foster parents. Responsibilities include facilitating trainings, completing annual evaluations, planning events, participating in outreach events and assisting with client placements in the program. Click here for more information.

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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
  • 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
  • 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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