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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 22, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • MONDAY! An Interview with Albert Tate and Larry Acosta, November 23, 2009 at 3:00pm ET. Please join this call for a dynamic interview as they talk about the practical side of how to lead, live and love from a healthy place. Albert Tate is the intergenerational pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California. As a 10 year veteran, Albert has taught and served in a variety of strategic leadership positions, ranging from youth pastor and young adults pastor at Lake Avenue Church to senior pastor of Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness in Mississippi. To participate in the call at 3pm ET, call1.800.428.1705 and use this participant code: 29643222# to join the conference call.
  • Baltimore, MD: A Town Hall Meeting - Growing Up Baltimore. December 2, 2009, 5:00 - 6:30pm, at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD Wheeler Auditorium. Panelists include:  Donald DeVore, Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services; Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, deputy City Health commissioner; Kim Armstrong, parent advocate; Satya Godfrey, aspiring writer and Baltimore high school graduate;  Janet Hankin, Assistant City State's Attorney; Moderated by Charles Robinson, reporter, Maryland Public Television. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Baltimore, MD: Pediatrics Grand Rounds: Youth Violence Prevention: A Public Health Perspective, December 2, 2009, 8:30 to 9:45am, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Hurd Hall. Dr. Prothrow-Stith is a nationally recognized public health leader who has broken new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem; not just a criminal justice issue. She helped to create a social movement to prevent violence that has had an impact on Boston and the nation. Previously she was the first woman Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and  Associate Dean and Professor of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Prothrow-Stith is the author of the Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents and Deadly Consequences, the first book to present the public health perspective on violence to a mass audience. She has authored and/or co-authored over 80 publications on medical and public health issues. Currently she works at Spencer Stuart and specializes in senior-level health searches, academic and industry. ***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. 11:00am - 1:00PM 615 N. Wolfe St, Suite W3008 More details to follow. Please RSVP for this event: Nah Addy-Sadowski at or by calling 443-287-5569.
  • Baltimore, MD: Please Join Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in celebrating the 2nd Annual Graduation Save the Future Graduation Ceremony. The event will be held on December 4, 2009 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Baltimore, 502 Sharp Street, Baltimore, MD from 4:30PM-6:30PM (refreshments will be served). Save the Future leverages the brainpower of business-savvy, socially-minded college undergraduates to teach personal money management skills to high school students. Founded by Johns Hopkins University student Luke Kelly-Clyne in 2008 and grown by the University, Save the Future is an intensive, twelve week financial literacy course that exposes high school students to a college campus while they take advantage of 15+ hours of classroom instruction. Special Guest: JHU Carey Business School Vice Dean, Phillip Phan.
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. November 29, 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.  Baltimore County Police Department - School Resource Officer Basic Class. December 7 - 11, 2009, 8:00am - 4:00pm at Har Sinai School, 2905 Walnut Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland 21117. To register, visit
or call (443) 865-7330.

2. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore City School Gang Symposium. January 28-29, 2010. 8:00am - 4:00pm at The Professional Development Center, 2500 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland 21214. The agenda for this information sharing symposium will include Maryland Criminal Street Gangs,  Prison gangs BGF/DMI, gangs from a Baltimore County perspective, gangs from a Baltimore City perspective, gangs from a Maryland Department of Juvenile Services perspective, successful gang prosecution techniques from the Baltimore City States Attorneys Office, gang intervention and strategies, cyber crimes with a emphasis on MySpace and Facebook and a panel discussion with Gang Investigators, Prosecutors and The A.T.F. To register for this event, contact Sgt Akil Hamm
or Det. Lashon Kelly

3. Baltimore, MD: Across the Divide: Stories About Race in Baltimore. February 22, 2010, 7:00pm at CENTERSTAGE, 700 N. Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202. Seven storytellers will get seven minutes each to tell how race has colored, shaped, and affected their lives. The show begins at 8 p.m., but arrive early for cocktails and live music from Ebony and Irony at 7 p.m. Event is a joint partnership with OSI-Baltimore, The Stoop Storytelling Series. More information can be found by clicking here.  

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

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

5. 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

6. 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.  Click here for more info.

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.

8. UNITY Web Convening - Moving from Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth. December 10, 2009, 2:00 - 3:30pm EST.  The web convening will be based on the just released paper, Moving from Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth, which explores how youth and violence have been portrayed in the news, how the issue of race complicates depictions about youth and violence, and how public attitudes about government can inhibit public support for violence prevention. It presents some key findings and makes recommendations to advance efforts to prevent violence affecting young people. Register online by clicking here.  
Learn more about UNITY by clicking here

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

9. Issue Brief on Underperforming Schools and the Education of Vulnerable Children.  This issue brief, from Chapin Hall, describes the impact of disruptive, and often traumatic, life experiences on the behavior and learning of children, the schools frequent response of placing these children in special education, and the students poor educational outcomes in high school.  Click here for more information.

10. Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities - Short Film. The Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academies convened a committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development. Chapin A report was produced -Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities. A subsequent short film, Missing Opportunities: Adolescent Health Services, has recently won a 2009 Freddie Award, an annual prize for health and medical media. Video available here
[source: Chapin Hall]

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11. features stories of recovery. Nonprofit Organizations play a unique role in our nation's recovery. The nonprofit sector employs over 9 million Americans. Millions more benefit from the job training, education, and health care services these organizations provide. Be sure to visit Recovery Feature Stories and hear about how community and faith-based nonprofit organizations are changing lives daily through their awarded grants.  For more information, please click here [source: HHS/OS]

12. Briefing Advises House and Senate Members on Juvenile Justice Reentry Issues. On November 16, 2009, the Youth Reentry Task Force of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition, along with the Sentencing Project and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, organized an educational panel to brief House and Senate members on the importance of meeting the needs of juveniles who reenter a community after a period of incarceration - a population consisting of about 100,000 youth a year. OJJDP Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski, who spoke at the briefing, emphasized the agency's commitment to supporting these youth, citing several OJJDP-sponsored programs and initiatives that have helped ex-offender youth find employment, complete education programs, and keep from reoffending. Speakers reviewed best practices for service providers, federal laws that support reentry services, studies of reentry services that reduce recidivism, and current perspectives from the field. The speakers also made recommendations on how to bolster national policy to better support juveniles' reentry needs. The task force released a research report that outlines current findings on juvenile reentry issues which can be found by clicking here
[source: JUVJUST - OJJDP]

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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

14. The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Music Matters Grants for 2010 will focus on educational reform in school music programs and independent music programs across the United States. Grant requests must articulate specific music program needs for existing and/or planned programs. Deadline: February 5, 2010.  Click here for more information.  [source: Public Education Network]

15. Offender Reentry Program. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses. Full announcement can be found by clicking here

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

16. Baltimore, MD: Mentors Needed for Community Law In Action (CLIA) is organizing a new mentoring program to connect 100 young people with 100 adult mentors. The youth are all rising 9th and 10th grade students from four Baltimore City schools--Lemmel & Garrison Middle Schools and Forest Park & Douglas High Schools. Mentors must be over 20, live in the Baltimore Metro area, and be dedicated to mentor for at least one year. Angela Hanks at 410-706-3940 or [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call]

17. Baltimore, MD: Youth Program Coordinator - Paul's Place, Inc. The Youth Program Coordinator is a 40 hr. per week position and will coordinate the delivery of Paul's Place high school and middle school after-school programs. This position will also help to coordinate a middle and high school summer program.  Click here for more information.

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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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