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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.  

November 10, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Raising Him Alone (RHA) is dedicated to researching, designing, and implementing a campaign to support the social well being of single mothers raising boys. Through a series of intense community forums, workshops and support group initiatives, RHA seeks to increase access to resources in the areas of Health & Well Being (Mental Health), Educational Support & Advocacy, as well as Financial Literacy. Raising Him Campaign short clip about their work on Youtube.
  • College Park, MD: A Forum on Children with Emotional Disabilities in Educational Settings. November 12, 2009, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, College Park, MD 20742-1521. More information and registration click here.
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. November 15, 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. San Jose, CA: Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Families and Multicultural Communities. February 6-10, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

2. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America annual conference, Children 2010: Leading a New Era. January 25 - 27, 2010. More information can be found by clicking here.

3. Washington, DC: Teaching Prevention 2010. March 25-27, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, click here

4. Puerto Rico: The IV World Congress on Child and Adolescent Rights. November 15-18, 2010. The central theme of the IV World Congress is "The Best Interest of Children and Adolescents: Well-Being and Development in the New World Economic Order." The program will be structured around six general thematic areas: poverty, education, health, participation, identity, and violence. More information at

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

5. 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.

6. PEACE Baltimore Volleyball at Medfield Recreation Center. November 13, 2009, 4:00 - 7:00pm, at Mefield Recreation Center, 1501 Woodheights Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21211. Join 92Q and teenagers from all over Baltimore City for PEACE Baltimore Volleyball, To learn more about PEACE Baltimore events and how to get involved, visit

7. Pittsburgh, PA. 6th Annual Conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association.  November 17 - 18, 2009. More information can be found by clicking here

8. Audio webcast: Improving Urban Service Systems for Children and Families. November 19, 2009, 10:00am ET. This forum will examine the many challenges of systems reform--through the lenses of education, health care and child welfare--and the steps, partnerships, and strategies required to help foster the successful development of vulnerable children and families. To register, click here.

9. Dallas, TX: Employment and Training Administration, Recovering America's Youth Summit. December 1-2, 2009. More information can be found by clicking here.

10. 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 click here.

11. Chicago, IL.  National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Youth Development Symposium. December 7-9, 2009. For more information, contact (202) 589-1790, via e-mail:
, or click here.

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

12. Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Action Plan for Federal Policymakers. This action plan reviews both federal and state barriers to identifying and serving children of incarcerated parents, and offers policy recommendations for the U.S. Congress and the Administration. The action plan is designed to help federal leaders improve policies for children of incarcerated parents, but also includes recommendations of value to states and local governments that can facilitate and complement federal initiatives and result in better responses to this population.  Click here for more information.

13. School Bullying Among Adolescents in the United States: Physical, Verbal, Relational, and Cyber. Citation: Wang, J., Iannotti, RJ., & Nansel, TR. The Journal of Adolescent Health, Oct. 2009 (Vol. 45, Issue 4, Pages 323-325). Four forms of school bullying behaviors among US adolescents and their association with socio demographic characteristics, parental support, and friends were examined. The authors concluded that parental support may protect adolescents from all four forms of bullying. Friends associate differentially with traditional and cyber bullying. Results indicate that cyber bullying is a distinct nature from that of traditional bullying.

14. How do Families Matter? Understanding how Families Strengthen Their Children's Educational Achievement. In this annual report the Foundation for Child Development suggests connecting the increased educational attainment of parents through postsecondary and workforce development programs with their children's achievement may offer promising results. [source: Connect for Kids]

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15. GAINS Center Peer On-Line Community. The CMHS National GAINS Center is utilizing on-line networking to keep peers in jail diversion and reentry programs connected. The GAINS Peer On-Line Community is a place where peers involved in the various GAINS projects can go to find answers to questions, seek out technical assistance, and share their experiences. To find more resources focused on peer involvement visit

16. Guide for Assessing Bullying and Peer Conflict. This information from Child Trends
provides information on who is most likely to be a bully or victim, how to know when conflict has turned into bullying, and ways to reduce bullying.  Click here for more information. [source: National Human Services Assembly]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

17. PBIS Maryland Events
**Coaches meeting - December 8, 2009
**State leadership meeting - January 13, 2010
**State leadership meeting -
February 19, 2010

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Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards

18. Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund. Part of the Johns Hopkins Institutions' Annual United Way of Central Maryland Campaign since 2007, the Neighborhood Fund supports nonprofit organizations that serve communities in close proximity to Johns Hopkins campuses and that are associated with Johns Hopkins through employee or institutional involvement.  Organizations requesting Neighborhood Fund grants must hold a 501(c)(3) tax code designation or use a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal agent and be associated with Johns Hopkins through institutional involvement or affiliation with faculty, staff, retirees or students.* SOURCE can serve as the Johns Hopkins affiliation for our partnering organizations.  Grants from the Neighborhood Fund help local nonprofits build stronger neighborhoods by addressing community needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety.  For more information, including complete eligibility criteria, a Neighborhood Fund grant application and brochure, click here or contact Faculty, Staff & Retiree Programs, part of the Office of Work, Life & Engagement, now located at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 East 33rd Street, Suite C100, at 410-516-6060. Proposals are being accepted through December 18th. [source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

19. Building Healthy Communities Grant Program provides grants up to $2,500 for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies who are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials. Deadline is December 15.  Click here for more information.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

20. Baltimore, MD: The Family Tree Needs Help for the Holidays. Many of the families that The Family Tree serves are financial distressed and are not able to provide gifts for their children for the holidays.  The Family Tree is seeking for persons or groups to adopt these families or collect/ donate gifts for infants and children ages 9 - 18.  In addition, volunteers are needed to assist at the Family Tree's Holiday Party on December 17th from 5 pm - 8 pm.  For more information, contact Stephanie Jacobs at or 410-889-2300 x1204. [source: SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop]

21. Washington, DC: Program Officer - The Public Welfare Foundation. The Public Welfare Foundation's criminal and juvenile justice program seeks to establish more effective and fair criminal and juvenile justice policies and institutions nationwide, lower overall rates of incarceration, and help eliminate racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. The new program officer will help oversee the nearly $7 million in annual grantmaking in this program area. Further information can be found by clicking here.
[source: National Juvenile Justice Network]

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Previously Posted Events, Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • Washington, DC: Symposium 2010: 35 Years of Helping Youth Realize the American Dream. January 24 - 27, 2010. More information can be found by clicking here.
  • 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
  • Phoenix, AZ: National Conference on Education. February 11-13, 2010. For information and to register for this event, please click 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 found by clicking 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.
  • Orlando, FL: American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. April 21-24, 2010. The theme of the conference is "Families, Community Systems and Suicide." More information can be found by clicking here.
  • 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.

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