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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.

October 3, 2011

Of Special Note 

The Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an additional five years of funding.  During this next phase, the Center seeks to document the benefits that a community-wide youth violence prevention strategy has over other strategies.  The Center is collaborating on the development and implementation of a multifaceted strategy to reduce youth violence in the Southern Park Heights community.  The overall goals of the Center are to 1) Create and sustain an administrative infrastructure to support implementation and evaluation activities, 2) Collaborate on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to youth violence prevention in Sothern Park Heights, and 3) Integrate training activities for early career researchers, educators, practitioners, community residents, and youth in youth violence prevention to complement the implementation and evaluation activities of the JHCPYV.  Unfortunately, the Senate appropriations Committee has approved a bill that zeroed out funding for CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention activities for fiscal year 2011-2012.  This means that the CDC may not have funds available beyond this year for ours and other efforts to aid communities to employ a public health strategy to reduce youth violence, bullying, and the multigenerational impact that violence has on the health of communities and individuals. We will keep you informed.

CNN.com posted a story that featured Baltimore’s Safe Streets outreach worker and violence interrupter Tard Carter and the work that he and his co-workers do to save lives and reduce youth violence.  http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/09/27/chicago.teen.violence/index.html?iref=allsearch

Center Deputy Director, Daniel Webster, wrote an op-ed to accompany the story.  He urges the public to view violence interrupters like Tard Carter as public safety heroes worthy of our support.  Research that Dr. Webster has led demonstrates that Safe Streets has reduced gun violence just as CeaseFire was found to reduce shootings in Chicago. Dr. Webster argues that the program and the CDC program that supports the implementation and evaluation of strategies to prevent youth violence are a good investment for our nation.     http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/30/opinion/webster-safe-streets/

On October 1st, WBFF FOX45 broadcast a description of research on bullying conducted by Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, Deputy Director of the JHCPY.  The story broadcast can be found at http://www.foxbaltimore.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wbff_vid_9699.shtml.

On October 24th, the Center is collaborating with the Fraternal Order of X-Offenders (F.O.X.O.) and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute to host an invitation only symposium: RETHINKING, RESHAPING, RE-EVALUATING RE-ENTRY AND NO-ENTRY.  This symposium will feature a keynote address from the Honorable Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.  We will keep you informed of the activities emanating from the Symposium. 


  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host Social Justice, An exhibition juried by Kyle and Kelly Phelps featuring the work based on the theme of Social Justice.  Social Justice runs from October 1 to November 12, 2011.  Admission is free. This important ceramic art exhibition is a reflection and a statement about current social justice issues and events on a local, national, and international level.  Each participating artist uses his/her specific ceramic skills and talents to create works of art that express his/her own individual views about social justice issues. The topics of social justice are vast and include subject matter about racism, classism, sexuality, poverty, etc.  Artists in this exhibition use their ceramic creations to sensitize the viewer to various social justice issues by informing and educating the viewer, reflecting an underlying philosophy to the commitment to social justice, humanism, and collective responsibility. For more information, please visit http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org/exhibition/exhibition_gallery/11/socialjustice.html?utm_source=Wide+Angle+Youth+Media&utm_campaign=f5c4f3e24c-2011_9_30&utm_medium=email 

  • Free Fall Baltimore. October 1-31, 2011. Visit Baltimore's top area attractions during the month of October for free. Area organizations join to provide residents and visitors more than 300 diverse, free activities including dance and musical concerts, classes and hands-on projects, lectures, history and heritage tours, theatrical shows, art and museum exhibitions and workshops. For more information, visit www.freefallbaltimore.com
  • Baltimore, MD: Black Male Identity: Community Voice. October 8 - December 3, 2011, Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street. An exhibition of over 200 works by practicing artists and community members expressing authentic and positive perspectives and experiences of black male identity—upbeat images too little seen in mainstream culture and media. The exhibition focuses on six different topics germane to black male identity—Health, Incarceration, College, Economics, Family, and Faith. For more information on Art on Purpose’s Black Male Identity project, visit http://www.morethan28days.com or call 410-231-3884.
  • Baltimore, MD: The planning committee for Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Conference is currently looking for workshop presentations for their 9th Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Own Your Own…Legacy. Workshop proposals should be informative, interactive and appropriate for women 18 and up as well as for teens 13 to 17. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The purpose of this conference is to help perpetuate a nation-wide movement of healing for our families and communities, in order to generate a vibrant future.  Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc. is a movement to gather, educate and encourage women from all cultures and backgrounds to utilize each other for the common goals of personal, community and nation-wide advancement. You are invited to submit a proposal via www.partofthecure.org no later than 5:00 P.M on November 11, 2011.
  • “Breaking the Cycle” Radio Dialogue. Brother Bey, the founder of the Fraternal Order of X-Offenders, hosts a weekly radio show on W.O.L.B (1010 am) on Sundays from 2:00- 4:00 P.M. 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.
     

Quick Glance at this week’s Items of Interest

1. October is National Youth Justice Awareness month
2. Webinar: The APPA CARE Model: Responding to Gang Violence in Reentry Planning, Part 2. October 4, 2011
3. Baltimore, MD: Healthy City Days at City Hall. October 5, 2011
4. Pittsburgh, PA. The National Promise Conference – PromiseNet 2011.October 19-21, 2011
5. Las Vegas, NV: Global Youth Justice’s 2nd International Training Institute,“Establish or Enhance a Local Teen   Court/Youth Court Diversion Program.” December 6-8, 2011
 
6. Chicago, IL: 23rd Annual Dropout Prevention Network Conference. October 9-12, 2011
7. National Harbor, MD: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will host its National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," October 12–14, 2011.
8. School Climate Webinar Series: Substance Abuse Prevention. October 12, 2011
9. Baltimore, MD: A Conversation with Mildred Muhammad, Author of Scared Silent and ex-wife of the DC sniper. October 18, 2011
10. Miami, FL: Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference: Crime, Social Ills, and Place-Based Solutions. October 19–21, 2011
11. Broomfield, CO: National Conference on School Success. October 26–28, 2011
 
12. Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice
13. Suicide is preventable: Take action, save lives
14. Trying Juveniles as Adults: An Analysis of State Transfer Laws and Reporting
 
15.Understanding risk and protective factors for suicide: A primer for preventing suicide, 2011
16. Frequently Asked Questions: Juvenile Justice
 
17. PBIS Maryland Events
 
18. Grants for Youth-Led Community Organizing Programs in Baltimore
19. The Corporation for National and Community Service Announces 2012 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities
20. National Youth Leadership Council Invites Applications for Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award
 
21. Baltimore, MD: Urban Teacher Resident – Urban Teacher Center
22. Baltimore, MD: Director, Program Evaluator, & Analyst - Baltimore City Schools - Office of Achievement & Accountability

Previously Posted Events/Conferences/Training

1. October is National Youth Justice Awareness month. The purpose of National Youth Justice Awareness Month is to raise awareness about youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.  To learn more and for a state-by-state events calendar, please visit http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/change-the-system/national-youth-justice-awareness-month.html

2. Webinar: The APPA CARE Model: Responding to Gang Violence in Reentry Planning, Part 2. October 4, 2011, 2:00 P.M. ET. The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is hosting this webinar developed by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) on Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and anti-gang violence strategies. In May 2011 Dr. Matthew DeMichele and Mr. Adam Matz presented the first of two webinars which focused on the issues of street gangs, the need for a coordinated interagency response, and the need for greater emphasis on reentry strategies. This is the second of a two-part webinar series focusing on the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA's) Collaboration, Analysis, Reentry, Evaluation (CARE) framework to address gang reentry. For more information, to register, and to watch a recording of the first webinar, please visit http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/training/webcasts

3. Baltimore, MD: Healthy City Days at City Hall. October 5, 2011, 9:00 A.M -3:00 P.M., City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street. This health fair includes free health screenings, health resource information, and giveaways. The event is open to the public, and a picture ID must be presented to gain entry into City Hall. For City employees, administrative leave is being offered, but must be approved by a supervisor. For more information, visit class="apple-converted-space" www.healthycitydays.com  or call 410-616-8953.

4. Pittsburgh, PA. The National Promise Conference – PromiseNet 2011. October 19-21, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.pittsburghpromise.com/promisenet/about.php 

5. Las Vegas, NV: Global Youth Justice’s 2nd International Training Institute, “Establish or Enhance a Local Teen Court/Youth Court Diversion Program.” December 6-8, 2011. Topics will include training adult and youth volunteers, mock family intake meetings, offering quality community service programs, implementing operational and administrative procedures, and more. http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/

6. Chicago, IL: 23rd Annual Dropout Prevention Network Conference. October 9-12, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit http://www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences

7. National Harbor, MD: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will host its National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," October 12–14, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.ojjdp.gov/2011conference/ 

8. School Climate Webinar Series: Substance Abuse Prevention. October 12, 2011, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET and October 13, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET. This session will explore the latest information on effective practice in the field of substance abuse prevention. It will provide detailed guidance for the management and design of an alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention effort. The content will focus on strategies that improve overall school climate and, as a result, student academic results. Register online http://safesupportiveschools.ed.gov/index.php?id=9&eid=87 

9. Baltimore, MD: A Conversation with Mildred Muhammad, Author of Scared Silent and ex-wife of the DC sniper. October 18, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. at Morgan State University, Student Center Ballroom. Presented by The Stone Foundation, The Urban Leadership Institute & Sigma Alpha Iota. Special Session with John Muhammad Jr. for youth 11-17. For Tickets, visit www.thestonefoundation.com or Morgan University’s Box Office 

10. Miami, FL: Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference: Crime, Social Ills, and Place-Based Solutions. 

October 19–21, 2011.  For more information, please visit http://www.crimemapping2011.com/

11. Broomfield, CO: National Conference on School Success. October 26–28, 2011. For more information, please visit http://ncseconference.wordpress.civicore.com/?page_id=19

REPORTS, RESEARCH & RECENT PUBLICATIONS

12. Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice, by Jeffrey Butts and Douglas Evans from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice - Research & Evaluation Center, offers an analysis of the most prominent juvenile justice reform models of the past 40 years, categorizing them into three types and assessing which is most likely to be sustainable over time. http://johnjayresearch.org/rec20111/ [source: Coalition for Juvenile Justice]

13. Suicide is preventable: Take action, save lives reflects the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) core belief that suicide can be prevented. The brochure describes the scope of suicide in the U.S.; the SPRC organization; and SPRC’s resources. It also discusses SPRC’s partnership efforts: the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership to help guide the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention; and Provider Initiatives, which brings together health care providers, care systems, researchers, and policy experts to strengthen their capacity to prevent suicide among the people they serve. http://www.sprc.org/library/SPRC_Brochure_2011.pdf

14. Trying Juveniles as Adults: An Analysis of State Transfer Laws and Reporting. Published by The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In the 1980s and 1990s, legislatures in nearly every state expanded transfer laws that allowed or required the prosecution of juveniles in adult criminal courts. This bulletin, which is part of the Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report Series, provides the latest overview of state transfer laws and practices and examines available state-level data on juveniles adjudicated in the criminal justice system. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232434.pdf  [source: JUVJUST]

RESOURCES

15. Understanding risk and protective factors for suicide: A primer suicide, 2011.This revised document, from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, provides a brief overview of the importance of risk and protective factors as they relate to suicide and offers guidance about how communities can best use them to decrease suicide risk.  http://www.sprc.org/library/RandPPrimer.pdf

16. Frequently Asked Questions: Juvenile Justice. This FAQ was  informed by the National Reentry Resource Center's Committee on Juvenile Justice. Learn more at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/faqs/juvenile

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS)
17. PBIS Maryland Events http://www.pbismaryland.org/

Event

Date

SWIS Facilitator Training

October 3-5, 2011

Coaches Meeting

October 6, 2011

Coaches Meeting

December 13, 2011


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

18. Grants for Youth-Led Community Organizing Programs in Baltimore. Youth As Resources, has funds available! Youth (up to age 21) in Baltimore who want to put their community building ideas into action are invited to apply for funding. Grants up to $3,500 are available for community organizing initiatives that are created and carried out by young people. Grant seeker workshops will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 am. Applicants are required to attend one of the two workshops. Application deadline is November 14, 2011. To sign up for a workshop, or for more information, call 410-576-9551.

19. The Corporation for National and Community Service Announces 2012 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities.  The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) National Service invites applications for its 2012 AmeriCorps grant competition.  CNCS released three funding notices for organizations interested in using national service as a solution to critical problems facing our communities and the nation. The 2012 competition will target AmeriCorps grant making on the six national focus areas identified in the Serve America Act and the agency’s five-year strategic plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  To maximize its return on investment, CNCS is seeking to fund programs that use an evidence-based approach to meeting community needs.  Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories, labor organizations, Indian Tribes, partnerships and consortia, and intermediaries planning to subgrant funds awarded are eligible to apply.  Organizations that have never received funding from CNCS or AmeriCorps are also encouraged to apply. Deadline: January 18, 2012.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit: http://www.americorps.gov/pdf/2012_state_national_competitive_instructions.pdf [source :Youth Resource Connections]

20. National Youth Leadership Council Invites Applications for Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award.  The National Youth Leadership Council is accepting applications for its Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award.  The award is designed to recognize K-12 service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. Youth teams representing K-12 service-learning programs in which the service-learning is tied to the school curricula are eligible to apply.   The young people involved in the program must write the application. In cases where youth are unable to write the application due to age or disability, a teacher or service-learning coordinator can assist with the application to the extent necessary. Deadline: October 21, 2011. To obtain additional information and an application, visit: http://www.nylc.org/events/2012-youth-leadership-service-learning-excellence-award. [source :Youth Resource Connections]

21. Baltimore, MD: Urban Teacher Resident – Urban Teacher Center. The Urban Teacher Center seeks individuals with a demonstrated track record of leadership, academic success and a commitment to being accountable for student success. Candidates must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA, and they must have no more than 15 credits in education coursework or a teacher license. UTC looks for individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to or interest in public service, who have a relentless desire to improve educational outcomes for urban youth, and who have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Further information at http://www.urbanteachercenter.org/

22. Baltimore, MD: Director, Program Evaluator, & Analyst - Baltimore City Schools - Office of Achievement & Accountability. Baltimore City Public Schools' (City Schools) Office of Achievement and Accountability (OAA) strives to further Chief Executive Officer Andrés Alonso's teaching and learning transformation in the 83,000 student district. OAA handles research, evaluation, assessment, and leads a variety of cross departmental projects. The Office supports central office departments and schools in engaging in data-driven decision-making to optimize student achievement. OAA currently seeks a number of highly skilled problem solvers adept in quantitative and qualitiative analyses to join this dynamic team. Opportunities include the Director of Effectiveness role overseeing design and implementation of the Effectiveness framework, program evaluator role, and analyst level positions. http://www.idealist.org/view/job/35wfkzbw9NC2D

Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. October 29- November 2, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.apha.org/meetings/

Phoenix, AZ: National Summit on Your City's Families. November 10-12, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.nlc.org/events/coc/your-citys-families

San Francisco, CA: 2011 National Conference on Summer Learning. November 15-16, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=conference

Washington, DC: National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health 22nd Annual Conference. November 16-20, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://ffcmh.org/events/annual-conference/overview-of-the-2011-conference/

Washington, DC: The Sixth Annual Models for Change National Working Conference. December 5-6, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.modelsforchange.net/calendar/200

Rockville, MD: 2012 Maryland Out of School Time Leadership Summit. January 5-6, 2012. More information and registration at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oal6azbab&oeidk=a07e48kus946c48ed0b&oseq=a01sqet905pv7

Orlando, FL: 2012 National Conference on Bullying. February 15-17, 2012. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.schoolsafety911.org/event05.html

Savannah, GA: National Youth At Risk Conference. March 4-7, 2012. For more information, please visit http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/nationalyouthatrisk.html

Wellington, NZ: 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. October 1-4, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.conference.co.nz/worldsafety2012

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