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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 17, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Baltimore, MD: Swagg Nation's 1st Young Adult Expo to highlight positive youth voices. Swagg Nation presents The Young Adult Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center Hilton, located at 401 Pratt Street in the Holiday Ballroom on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. The Expo will feature leadership, entrepreneurship, health and anti-violence workshops; vendors, local businesses and live entertainment targeting the 18-30 age range. Plus, attendees will take part in the "Be The Change" Leadership Forum, a controversial and informative panel, to discuss the issue of youth violence and its impact on Baltimore. Congressman Elijah Cummings will offer remarks to kick-off the day-long event. Tickets are $10 each. Ticket outlets: Radio One headquarters, ALL Downtown Locker Room locations and Barefoot Stores. More information at
  • Grand Rounds will be followed by an afternoon session: Elevating Our Assets to Reduce Youth Violence: Community Transformation in Action - Featuring: Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD of Spencer Stuart Search Firm and Major Melvin Russell, Eastern District, Baltimore Police Department. More details to follow. Contact person for this event: Nah Addy-Sadowski at
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. November 22, 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. Webinar: Individuals with Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System: Addressing Both Criminogenic Risks and Mental Health Needs. November 18, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00pm ET. Dr. Jennifer Skeem, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior University of California-Irvine will provide an overview of how criminogenic risk factors contribute to the involvement of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system, discuss the need to develop approaches that take into account individuals' criminogenic risk factors and their functional impairments, and present an intervention model that does both. Registration online by clicking here

2. Baltimore, MD: The 2010 Census Countering the Undercounted: What Can You Do? December 5, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Morgan State University, Clarence Mitchell Engineering Building Library.  The U.S Bureau of Census has designated parts of Maryland including Baltimore City as extremely hard-to-count areas. Each family of four undercounted, amounts to approximately $4000 per year and $40,000 in loss of federal funds over the ten-year span following the Census count. Join the workshop to explore efforts by federal, state and local officials to reduce the undercount by clicking here.

3. San Antonio, TX: Blueprints for Violence Prevention. April 7-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. 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

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Monitoring the Future National Results on Adolescent Drug Use. Overview of Key Findings 2008. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. This volume presents an overview of the key findings from the 2008 survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Also available  National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2008, Volume 1 and 2.

9. Healthy People 2020 and Adolescent Health: A Primer reviews the Healthy People (HP) initiative and outlines ways the adolescent health objectives can be used. The primer, published by the Healthy Teen Network with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, reviews the current HP 2010 initiative and examples (case studies) of how organizations have used HP 2010 health objectives to help inform their work with adolescents. Resources and information on how to stay informed and be part of the HP 2020 initiative are also included. The primer is available by clicking here
[source: Maternal and Child Health Library]

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10. U.S. Department of Education's Technical Assistance Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence (AODV) Prevention in Higher Education is a resource to assist college administrators and other prevention professionals to support colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse and violence prevention on their campuses and surrounding communities through the use of comprehensive prevention strategies. Further details at  [OSDFS]

11. OJJDP Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment, an online survey that asks participants to describe their training and technical assistance needs and preferences. OJJDP will use the information to better provide the juvenile justice community with the tools and resources they require to enhance their organizational capacity, and to develop new curricula and training programs that are timely and responsive.  Click here for more information.

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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

13. The Morton M. Silverman Student Award. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) announces the Morton M. Silverman Student Award for a paper written by a student on a topic directly related to the field of suicidology. The awardee will attend and read his or her paper at the annual AAS conference. Deadline: December 10, 2009.  Click here for more information.   [source: Suicide Prevention Research Center]

14. 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.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

15. Baltimore, MD: Executive Director - New Leaders for New Schools. The Executive Director will have overall management responsibility for the Maryland program and are charged with leading a community of New Leaders principals to drive dramatic student achievement gains, serving as the primary Development Officer for the Maryland program and creating and executing strong operational processes to ensure we reach our organizational goals. The Executive Director will work closely in partnership with the Superintendents and leadership of the Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) and Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) to drive dramatic student achievement gains and impact local and state policy and practice to promote the success of schools in Baltimore and PGC.  Click here for more information. [source:]

16. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Program Coordinator - Urban Alliance. The mission of Urban Alliance is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid-internships, formal training, and mentoring. The Program Coordinator supports the students' mentors and the student interns in their professional development as well as assists them with their post-high school planning. More information can be found by clicking here

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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • San Jose, CA: Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Families and Multicultural Communities. February 6-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit this link.
  • 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.
  • Washington, DC: Teaching Prevention 2010. March 25-27, 2010. For more information and to register for this event,  visit this link.
  • 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.
  • 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 can be found by clicking here

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