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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.  

December 7, 2009

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Of Special Note

  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore City Public Schools' Family Institute invites you to the next installment of Promoting Student Success: Reducing Challenging Behaviors in School and in the Home. This series of workshops teaches families how to identify the core emotions behind problematic child behaviors and teaches children how to cope with stress in their own lives. Thursdays  from 5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m on the following dates: December 10 & 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28 at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School, 600 North Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205. Participation is free and open to all. For more information, call Jodi Duffie, community school site coordinator at 410-396-9247 or Demetria Nicholas in City Schools' Community Engagement Office at 410-545-1870..
  • 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
  • "Breaking the Cycle" Radio Dialogue. December 13, 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: The Ready by 21 Tool Kit: Tools for Building Better Partnerships and Designing Bolder Strategies. December 17, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00pm. Learn how to ask and find the answers to more complex questions about who and where children are; how well they are doing; what they are participating in; and how these critical supports are being viewed and supported. Also, find out about the broad suite of tools and services offered by the Ready by 21 Partnership to help leaders collect, analyze and use information. Register online by clicking here.

2. Baltimore, MD: PEACE Baltimore Holiday Skate. December 18, 2009, 8:30 - 10:30pm at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena, 6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD. 21239. Join 92Q and teenagers from all over Baltimore City for PEACE Baltimore Holiday Skate.  Skates and admission are FREE. RSVP to
[source: The Dixon Report]

3. Honolulu, HI: International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. September 26-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit this link.

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Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 

4. Webinar: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Collaboration Ending an American Tragedy. December 8, 2009, 2:00pm EST.  The presenters will discuss the Essential System of Care and how it can be used in planning community responses to justice involved persons. Register online by clicking here

5. 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 here.  
Learn more about UNITY by clicking here

6. 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.

7. 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

8. Charleston, SC: New Tools for a New Decade: Working with the Media to Advance Juvenile Justice Systems Change, January 29 -31, 2010.  More information can be found by clicking here.

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Reports, Research and Recent Publications

9. Linking Data across Agencies: States That Are Making It Work. This publication provides an in-depth look at the collaborative, cutting-edge work of Children's Cabinets and others to share data across agencies in order to improve the planning and delivery of services.  Click here for more information. [source: The Forum for Youth Investment]

10. School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth. This publication, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifies six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.  Click here for more information.

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11. The Viable Futures Center. JustPartners' Viable Futures Center intends to spread hope and shape aspirations around what is possible when communities focus on shared concerns and our inter-twined fate. [source: National Human Services Assembly]

12. Start Strong. Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships  is the largest initiative ever funded to target 11- to- 14-year-olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Visit online at

13. Online Courses Train Juvenile Justice Managers. The National Juvenile Court Services Association has designed an online training curriculum to train juvenile justice managers. Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Professional Juvenile Justice Manager (PJMM) certificate program includes a series of online courses. Students will spend two weeks on each course, working on basic lecture material, specialized readings, and self-assessment questions.  Click here for more information. 
[source: JUVJUST]

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

14. 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

15. Welch's/Scholastic: Harvest Grants. The Harvest Grants funding program helps schools across the United States create fruit and vegetable gardens. More information at

16. Commonweal Foundation - Community Assistance Grants (Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. The Commonweal Foundation supports educational programs and projects assisting disadvantaged youth. The Foundation focuses on secondary and elementary education and is interested in helping organizations that implement strategies that foster partnership building.  Click here for more information.

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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

17. New Light Leadership Coalition (NLLC)  is currently recruiting motivated individuals to join their leadership team in 2010! We are looking for young people from across the country who want to be a part of taking the organization to the next level. Joining the NLLC Board of Directors is an invaluable experience that will aid in your personal and professional development. Further details and application at  For more information call (410) 494-1588 or contact Board Chair Donovan Prescott at

18. Mustaches for Kids. This winter, brave Mustache "Growers" across the country are again competing to grow the sweetest 'staches and raise the most cash for schools in need.  Visit
this link to find out how you can donate to Baltimore City Public Schools. [source: The Dixon Report]

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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.
  • 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 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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