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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 27, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • If you know of any students in Baltimore City who have left school and are under 21, please make sure they know that the city schools want them back and that schools will sit down with them to figure out an option that works for them. Over the next week there are a number of opportunities for them to reconnect and get back in school:
    • At City Schools Headquarters, 200 E. North Ave. all day from 8-5 on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September, 29
    • At Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Monday, September 28, 4-8 p.m.
    • And at the Mayor's Peace Rally with Ray Lewis, 300 S. Pulaski St., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4:30-7:00 p.m..
  • Baltimore, MD: Urban Health Institute Quarterly Symposium - Building Community Collaborations for Families: What Works. October 8, 2009, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Sheldon Hall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Featuring Richard Catalano, PhD, Director, Social Development Research Group, Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Washington.  Click here for more info.
  • Washington, DC: Preventing Child Maltreatment A Future of Children Event. October 1, 2009, 9:15 - 11:15am. The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC. One of the most widely studied ways to prevent child maltreatment is the home-visitation program, in which trained professionals visit new mothers in their homes to provide advice and assistance with child rearing and related topics. On October 1, The Future of Children, a joint project between Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, will release a new journal, "Preventing Child Maltreatment," at an event featuring Representative McDermott and former Representative Nancy Johnson. An expert panel will explore how successful programs will be determined, who will decide whether programs are successful, and how the program will be financed. To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or register by clicking here.   More information can be found by clicking here.
  • Baltimore, MD: PEACE Baltimore Operation Protect Block Party with Ray Lewis. September 29, 2009, 4:30pm-7:30pm at 2000-2100 Ramsay St. and 300 S. Pulaski St., A fun, safe, social activity for youth to participate in created by the City of Baltimore.
  • Fairfax, VA: Second Annual Education Symposium: Examining the Success of Black Male Youth. October 31, 2009, 8:00am - 3:00pm at George Mason University Johnson Center. More information and registration can be found by clicking here
  • Baltimore, MD: Multi-Family Child Trauma Treatment. September 30, 2009, 9:30 - 11:30am, at The Associated Krieger Building, 101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore 21201. You are invited to a presentation by Dr. Laurel Kiser, of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center. Dr. Kiser has been involved in the development of interventions to strengthen families' ability to cope with the effects of on-going trauma and chronic stress through protective rituals and routines. One of the modalities that she has pioneered includes bringing multiple families together for "family dinners" which become the settings for dialog, facilitated communication, and improving familial relationships. Following Dr. Kiser's presentation, Kim Cosgrove, LCSW-C, Director of Therapeutic Nurseries, at PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs; and Carole Norris-Shortle, LCSW-C, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Studies will discuss how they replicated Dr. Kiser's model for families in a homeless shelter. Please RSVP to
  • 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 click here.
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. October 4, 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. Social Media Webinar. October 1, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 EDT. The National Juvenile Justice Network, in partnership with Reclaiming Futures, will hold a free Webinar on the ever growing world of social media as it relates to juvenile justice. This one hour Webinar will discuss the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Wikipedia, and blogs as tools for better communication and advocacy.  Click here for more information.

2. Columbia, MD: Risking Connection Training. October 1-2, 2009. Presented by the Sidran Institite, this three-day training is devoted to the essentials of the Risking Connection(r) Curriculum. Risking Connection(r) uses a new way of thinking and relating to take the fear out of helping trauma survivors. RC makes it easier for you and the survivors in your life. Click here for more information.

3. St. Louis, MO Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and theJustice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) 2009 National Conference. October 22-23, 2009. Conference sessions will cover such topics as domestic violence, gangs, recidivism, reentry, substance abuse, tribal data, and victimization, among others. Cick here for more information.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. Web Conference on Home Visitation. September 29, 2009. This web-conference, from Chapin Hall, offers a panel of experts discusses how a home visitation policy can link research and practice to strengthen programming and improve outcomes for children.  Click here for more information. 

5. Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network Regional & Statewide Conference. October 1, 2009. More information and registration can be found by clicking here

6. Chicago, IL: Sustainable, Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Workshop October 5-6, 2009. More information can be found at

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

8. Indianapolis, IN: Representing America's Youth: Transforming the Field of Juvenile Services. October 11-14, 2009. For more information and to register visit

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

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

11. 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

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

12. The Future of Children has released its latest publication, Preventing Child Maltreatment.  Accompanying the journal is an Executive Summary and two related Policy Briefs. Contributors to this volume present the best available research on policies and programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.  They examine a gradual shift in the field of child maltreatment toward prevention and explore how insights into the risk factors for maltreatment can help target prevention efforts.  They assess whether programs such as community-wide interventions, parenting programs, home-visiting, drug and alcohol treatment, and school-based educational programs on sexual abuse, can prevent maltreatment. They also explore how the Child Protective System might take a more active role in prevention. Available online at

13. 2008 - 2009 National Pride Survey. The 2009 Pride Survey National Summary of adolescent alcohol and drug use shows small, but significant increases in 30-day prevalence for a number of drug categories, and no significant decreases in 30-day use of any drug category measured in grades 6 through 12. Report available by clicking here
[source: OSDFS]

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14. Baltimore City Schools have Pre-K openings for 4-year-olds. Baltimore City Public Schools has pre-kindergarten seats available for all 4-year-olds at schools across the city, and it is not too late to enroll your child for the 2009-10 school year and start them on the path to succeed in school. The sooner our children start school, the better they do in school. If you have a 4-year-old child who is not yet enrolled in a pre-K program, please visit to see which schools have available seats or call City Schools' Office of Early Learning at 443-984-3752. [The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

15. Foundations for Education Excellence. The Foundation Center recently launched  "Foundations for Education Excellence," a national initiative it is supporting to engage philanthropic institutions and education leaders across the country in a unified, strategic drive to improve public education. The cornerstone of this initiative is a new online resource center that will help education funders align their grantmaking, and maximize their overall impact, with funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Learn more by clicking here

16. Comprehensive Community Initiatives Tools for Federal Staff. The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has developed an online resource that is designed to assist Federal staff working with Comprehensive Community Initiatives (CCIs), also known as Community Change Initiatives. The information that the Web site provides will also be of interest to community groups, private foundations, technical assistance providers, and evaluators, among others. Developed through a collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services and other Federal partners, the cciTools for Federal Staff equips staff to plan, support, and help sustain CCIs.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

17. Presentations form PBIS Maryland Summer Institute 2009. PBIS Maryland Summer Institute 2009 is now completed with several events and a couple thousand attendees.  See available presentations online at

18. PBIS Maryland Events
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

19. I am What I Learn Contest. The Department of Education is asking students to respond to President Obama's challenge to take responsibility for their own learning by creating videos, up to two minutes in length, describing steps they will make to improve their education and the role of education in fulfilling their dreams. Submissions can be video blogs, public service announcements, music videos, or documentaries, and will be voted on by the public. Eligibility: students age 13 and older. Deadline: Students must upload their videos to YouTube by October 8, 2009. Click here for more info.  [source: Public Education Network]

20. American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 Communities Putting Prevention to Work. The purpose of this FOA is to create healthier communities through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools. Deadline: December 1, 2009. Click here for more info.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

21. Baltimore, MD: Public Policy Associate - Mental Health Association of Maryland. Nonprofit mental health advocacy/education organization seeks individual to manage children's public policy agenda: implement legislative initiatives, conduct policy analysis, manage grassroots advocacy, and staff and chair committees to improve outcomes for youth with mental health needs.  Click here for more information.

22. Takoma Park, MD: Family Support Supervisor - CENTRONIA. Directly supervise the work activities of the Early Head Start program home visitors and family support workers to ensure the implementation of high quality program services and effective management systems in accordance with federal and state regulations, requirements, and guidelines. Click here for more information.

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Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • Linthicum Heights, MD: The Maryland Respite Care Coalition's (MRCC) 12th Annual Respite Awareness Day Conference, October 26, 2009, 8:45AM - 4:00PM,  Maritime Institute Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD. The Conference's theme is "Respite: Stop Talking and Start Doing," a call to all to come together and create a campaign of passionate advocacy action that will increase public awareness of the need for quality respite for the caregiver.  For additional information contact MRCC at 240-453-9585 or their website
  • Linthicum, MD: Twenty-Second National Once Church One Child Conference. October 26 - 28, 2009. For more information, please click here
  • Denver, Co: Training - Evaluating Your Truancy Reduction Program. October 26 - 27, 2009. Hosted by the National Center for School Engagement, this training is designed for persons responsible for school, court, and community-based truancy reduction programs and those involved in evaluating such programs, this interactive course is drawn from practical training experience, lessons learned about truancy reduction, and expertise in research and evaluation. It is suitable for those at beginning to intermediate levels of familiarity with data collection and use and program evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Princeton, NJ: Preserving Child Maltreatment Prevention During a Time of Economic Crisis: A Research & Policy Conference. November 13, 2009, 8:00am - 3:30pm. Presented by The Future of Children. More information can be found by clicking 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.
  • Bethesda, MD: 3rd Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Methods and Measurement. November 15 - 16, 2010. Call for proposals until November 6, 2009. Learn more about the call for proposals and about the conference.
  • 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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