JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: WAGING PEACE ITEMS OF INTEREST January 23, 2008 Of Special Note Baltimore, MD: Graduate Seminar on Injury Research and Policy: Violence Prevention: “The three 'R's of violence prevention in primary care: Resilience, Responsibility, and Respect.” January 29, 2007, 12:10pm, Hampton House Basement Auditorium at 624 N. Broadway in Baltimore. Presented by Robert Sege, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine Director, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics Boston Medical Center. The seminar series is jointly sponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD: Stop Snitching Town Hall Meeting, January 31, 2008 at New Life United Methodist Church, 4400 Parkside Drive, Baltimore, MD 21206. Rev Eric King Pastor. Presented by Kinetics Faith in Motion. A town hall meeting on snitching and witness intimidation. More information at http://faithinmotion.net/stop-snitching-town-hall-meeti/ Fairfax, VA: On March 3, 2008 the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia presents its 2008 Annual Conference “Restorative Justice-Accomplishments and Promises”. The Restorative Justice Association of Virginia is a collaborative organization of practitioners, criminal justice professionals, mediators, victim’s advocates, offender advocates, and interested citizens dedicated to upholding the principles of restorative justice as we understand them: that we work toward the restoration of victims while holding offenders accountable for the harm; that we show respect to everyone involved in crime; victims and offenders, their families, justice officials and the community; that we show concern for victims and offenders and community members affected by crime and involve all in the justice process; and that we provide opportunities for dialogue among those most affected by the crime. For more information on this conference, call 434.220.3737 or email information at [email protected] and to register go to www.wrjav.org. This conference will take place at the Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial H-way Fairfax, Virginia 22033 “Breaking The Cycle” Radio Dialogue. Sunday, January 27, 2008 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Fraternal Order of X-Offenders (F.O.X.O), founded by Brother Ellsworth Johnson Bey, hosts a weekly radio show in Baltimore on W.O.L.B (1010 am). 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 http://www.foxo.org/ , email: [email protected] and [email protected] or call 410262-4456. Quick Glance at this week’s Items of Interest New Events/Conferences/Trainings 1. Baltimore, MD: Just for Youth: Legacy of Greatness Gala. February 9, 2008 2. Philadelphia, PA: Accessing and Sustaining Resources for Community & Faith-Based Organizations. March 19-20, 2008 Up-Coming Events/Conference/Trainings 3. Clearwater Beach, FL: 2008 National Leadership Conference on Child Welfare. January 24-26, 2008. 4. Washington, DC: The National Network for Youth's Annual Symposium 2008. January 27-30, 2008 5. Baltimore, MD: The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication. January 28 - February 1, 2008 6. Greenbelt, MD: Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Training Conference. January 28, 2008 7. San Diego, CA: 22nd Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. January 28 – February 1, 2008 8. Baltimore, MD: Mentor /Advocate Employment Open House. January 30, 2008 9. Lake Buena Vista, FL: 14th Joint National Conference on Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension, and Dropping Out of School. January 31 – February 2, 2008 Noteworthy 10. This week’s Open Society Institute – Baltimore Audacious Idea 11. Baltimore’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School Receives a First-Ever Honor for the City Reports, Research & Recent Publications 12. The Spring 2007 edition of Horizon Newsletter from the New Light Leadership Coalition is now available 13. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Increases in Age-Group–Specific Injury Mortality — United States, 1999–2004. 14. A list of recent publications compiled by SafetyLit Resources 15. Family Strengthening Writ Large: On Becoming a Nation that Promotes Strong Families and Successful Youth 16. Audio Recording: Racial Disparity in the Child Welfare System Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) 17. PBIS Maryland Events 18. Chicago, IL: 5th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 27-29, 2008 Funding Opportunities/Scholarships/Awards 19. The Baltimore City Public School System’s (BCPSS) Office of New and Charter Schools request for information to prospective operators interested in starting new Secondary Transformation Schools. 20. Drug Free Communities Support Program For Youth 21. Baltimore City Youth Commissioners Wanted 22. Black History Month Poetry Contest Job & Volunteer Opportunities 23. Positions available with the Maryland Afterschool Institute 24. Students Sharing Coalition 2008 Internships Previously Posted Events/Conferences/Training New Events/Conferences/Training 1. Baltimore, MD: Just for Youth: Legacy of Greatness Gala. February 9, 2008. Join us as we celebrate a legacy of greatness in our community by honoring outstanding African Americans in science, math and technology. This event includes a seated dinner, awards presentation and live jazz music by Michael Austin. Tickets are $60 and all proceeds go to benefit the children and programs of Just for Youth, Inc. To rsvp for the event and purchase tickets, contact Tonya Featherston (443-7684108) or email: [email protected] Learn more about Just 4 Youth at http://www.just4youth.net/HomePage.asp [source: JHU SOURCE http://www.jhsph.edu/source] 2. Philadelphia, PA: Accessing and Sustaining Resources for Community & Faith-Based Organizations. March 19-20, 2008. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will conduct this conferences designed to assist community and faith-based organizations in building and sustaining financial security for their efforts on behalf of youth. To obtain further information about these conferences and register online, visit http://www.sei2003.com/ojjdp. Back To Top Upcoming Events/Conferences/Training 3. Clearwater Beach, FL: 2008 National Leadership Conference on Child Welfare. January 24-26, 2008. Under the theme of Excellence - Taking It to Scale, this year’s conference will focus on organizational, cultural, and linguistic competence; transitioning youth to adulthood; Medicaid and the Deficit Reduction Act; and federal child welfare refinancing; with a special pre-conference session on process benchmarking. More information at http://www.alliance1.org/Conferences/NLCCWI2008/ 4. Washington, DC: The National Network for Youth's Annual Symposium 2008. January 27-30, 2008. More information at http://www.nn4youth.org/meetings_symposium.html 5. Baltimore, MD: The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication. January 28 - February 1, 2008, University of Baltimore. This is a five-day intensive and interactive experience in which participants will be led through the program development, grant writing, and funding acquisition processes through the completion of four courses. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute, as well as 3.5 CEU units. For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at www.thegrantinstitute.com 6. Greenbelt, MD: Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Training Conference. Healthy Mentoring Matters is sponsoring a FREE Regional Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Training Conference on Monday, January 28, 2008, at the Marriott Greenbelt, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland 20707. The theme is Planting the Seed of Change: One Life at a Time. The keynote speaker is Ms. Kemba Smith, a mother who found herself in a cell in the Danbury Correctional Facility for women, spending years away from her family and five year old son, born in prison during her first year of incarceration. The purpose of this conference is to educate and train leaders to start and continue successful mentoring programs In addition, to provide information about emerging trends critical issues, and essential resources to persons involved as leaders and participants in all forms of mentoring. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Catrice Alphonso at (301) 776-4294 or via email at [email protected] 7. San Diego, CA: 22nd Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. January 28 – February 1, 2008. More information at http://chadwickcenter.org/conference.htm. 8. Baltimore, MD: Mentor /Advocate Employment Open House. January 30, 2008, 6:00 - 8:00pm, 711 W. 4oth Street, Suite 428 (Rotunda Building) Baltimore, MD 21211. Hosted by Youth Advocate Program. Individuals interested in working with youth are invited to attend an employment open house. From 6 to 8 p.m., participants will learn more about the Youth Advocate Program and how they can become part of working in the youth development field. The Youth Advocate Program is interested in hiring passionate, creative & dedicated adults to work with youth ages 13-17 years of age. The youth enrolled in the project all have experienced challenges in school and in the community. For more information on the event, and to R.S.V.P. please contact Craig Jernigan at 410.366.6505 or via email at [email protected] Ex-offenders encouraged to attend. 9. Lake Buena Vista, FL: 14th Joint National Conference on Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension, and Dropping Out of School. January 31 – February 2, 2008. More information and registration at http://www.uwgb.edu/outreach/alternatives/index.asp. Back To Top NOTEWORTHY 10. This week’s Open Society Institute – Baltimore Audacious Idea. This week, Marc Steiner, Executive Producer and Host of The Marc Steiner Show, shares his audacious idea for Baltimore. To read his thoughts and participate in the discussion, visit www.audaciousideas.org. Audacious Ideas is a blog created to stimulate ideas and discussion about solutions to difficult problems in Baltimore. 11. Baltimore’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School Receives a First-Ever Honor for the City. The new year has opened with a bang for students, faculty, staff, and parents of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School. The school has been named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the Primary Years Programme, making it the first school in Baltimore City and only the second in Maryland to receive this distinction. The Primary Years Programme is an international education program that incorporates all academic subjects and the arts designed to foster the development of the whole child, 3 to 12 years old. It is one of three programs offered by IB and it focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic development. [source: The Rawlings-Blake Roll Call: Council President's Newsletter #47] Back To Top REPORTS, RESEARCH & RECENT PUBLICATIONS 12. The Spring 2007 edition of Horizon Newsletter from the New Light Leadership Coalition is now available. This edition includes the 9th Annual YCLS in Review, Excellence in Leadership Awards Winners, Fall 2007 Youth Leadership Institute, NLLC Meetings and Upcoming events. The newsletter is available at http://www.nllc.org/main.html. 13. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Increases in Age-Group–Specific Injury Mortality — United States, 1999–2004. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5649.pdf 14. A list of recent publications compiled by SafetyLit. January 21, 2008. Volume 11, Number 3. SafetyLit is a free service of the Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice at San Diego State University in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Abstracts available at http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.home. A new experimental method assessing attitudes toward adolescent dating and sibling violence using observations of violent interactions. J Adolesc 2007; ePub Antibullying Legislation: A Public Health Perspective. Srabstein JC. J Child Adolesc Ment Health 2008; 42(1): 11-20. School-associated student homicides--United States, 1992-2006. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2008; 57(2): 33-6. Back To Top RESOURCES 15. Family Strengthening Writ Large: On Becoming a Nation that Promotes Strong Families and Successful Youth. This new brief from the Family Strengthening Policy Center suggests “macro” strategies for changing the culture, from one that may “value” family but which has practices and policies that do not reflect that value. Family Strengthening Writ Large is intended as a high-level synthesis of what we have learned through researching a variety of specific topics. Further, it is intended to spark discussion and from that to move us to focusing on how we can, individually and collectively, and in partnership with low-income families, help make the family fundamentals a strong reality for the vast majority of families. View the news brief at http://www.nassembly.org/fspc/. [source: Newsbytes, January 18, 2008 http://www.nassembly.org/nassembly/index.htm] 16. Audio Recording: Racial Disparity in the Child Welfare System. The January 10 Thursday's Child public policy forum sponsored by Chapin Hall and The Urban Institute explored issues related to racial disparity in the child welfare system. Chapin Hall Research Fellow Fred Wulczyn discussed a recent Chapin Hall study on foster care admissions that found African-American infants are nearly three times more likely than white infants to be placed in foster care. Child welfare administrators on the panel discussed initiatives being implemented New York City and Washington DC to reverse the tide of racial disparity. Listen to the audio recording at http://www.chapinhall.org/. Back To Top POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS) 17. PBIS Maryland Events http://www.pbismaryland.org/ Leadership Forum – February 14, 208 SET Training – February 25, 2008 SWIS Facilitator Training – March 18-20, 2008 Training of Trainers – May 27-29, 2008 18. Chicago, IL: 5th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 27-29, 2008. Sponsored by the Association for Positive Behavior Support http://www.apbs.org/main.htm. Further information and registration at http://www.apbs.org/conference/chicago/default.html. Back To Top FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS 19. The Baltimore City Public School System’s (BCPSS) Office of New and Charter Schools is pleased to present a request for information to prospective operators interested in starting new Secondary Transformation Schools serving grades 6 through 12 in the 2008- 2009 or the 2009 -2010 school year. Announced in November 2007 and now underway, the initiative sets out to dramatically bolster academic achievement among secondary students and improve and increase life options for all students as they leave the school system. A major tenet of this effort will be the creation of up to 24 new, combined middle/high schools that serve grades six through 12. To open and operate these schools we will need to tap the expertise of educational entrepreneurs with established records in secondary education. These partners may be either for-profit or non-profit organizations, such as school management organizations, founders or principals, community organizations, or universities. School operators will be granted autonomy to implement their own programs, and in exchange, the school system will hold them accountable for school achievement. For more information and to obtain a copy of the Request for Information (RFI), please contact Laura Weeldreyer, Office of New and Charter Schools, Baltimore City Public School System, 200 E. North Avenue, Suite 318, Baltimore, MD 21202 or [email protected] Response deadline for the RFI is January 28, 2008. 20. Drug Free Communities Support Program. Drug Free Communities Support Program is a collaborative initiative sponsored by ONDCP in partnership with SAMHSA in order to achieve two major goals: To establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. And second, to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Applications due by March 21, 2008. Full announcement at http://samhsa.gov/grants/2008/sp_08_002.aspx Back To Top FOR YOUTH 21. Baltimore City Youth Commissioners Wanted. The Mayor and the City Council of Baltimore City are seeking young people between the ages of 14 to 25 to serve as Youth Commissioners on the Baltimore City Youth Commission. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to allow youth the opportunity to provide advice, recommendations, and information for the Mayor, the City Council, and municipal agencies on the development of community and government policies, programs, and services that support children, youth, and their families. For more information about the Youth Commission, and access to an application to join the Commission, visit their website, www.baltimorecityyouthcommission.org. 22. Black History Month Poetry Contest. As part of her Black History Month Celebration, Mayor Dixon will hold a poetry contest for all Baltimore City Public School System students in grades 6-8. Students are asked to write a poem describing what the African proverb, “It Takes a Village…” means to them. The top three winning entrants will receive a new laptop computer and a U.S. Savings Bond. Winners’ poems will be published in the AFRO American Newspaper in February, and they will be invited to present their poems at the Mayor’s Black History Month Celebration on February 16, with keynote speaker Dr. Ben Carson. Students can visit www.baltimorecity.gov for entry forms and official rules. Poems and entry forms can be submitted in hard copy to school principals or via electronic submission on the City’s web site. The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2008. Please call (410) 545-3406 for more information. Back To Top JOB AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 23. Positions available with the Maryland Afterschool Institute. The state of Maryland has received funding, through the Mott Foundation and with the support of state agencies and organizations, to create a statewide afterschool network. The Maryland Afterschool Partnership will create opportunities for advocacy, sustainability, training and quality enhancement in afterschool programs across the state. The After-School Institute (TASI) which provides training and technical assistance to afterschool programs in Baltimore City is expanding to Montgomery County. Learn more at http://www.afterschoolinstitute.org/. For further details regarding these positions, contact Rebkha Atnafou, Director, The After-School Institute, at [email protected] Maryland Aftershool Partnership (MAP) Coordinator - The MAP Coordinator has primary responsibility to promote high quality out-of-school time programming across the state by building a statewide system that will promote and nurture regional and local partnerships with a special emphasis on school-community partnerships. Submit a resume with a cover letter as soon as possible to Rebkha Atnafou, Director, The After-School Institute, at [email protected] Please put on the subject title: MAP Coordinator. Afterschool Support Coordinator (Montgomery County) - The Afterschool Support Coordinator will work on (1) developing quality standards and core competencies for afterschool, and the professional development system to facilitate the implementation of these best practices, (2) establishing afterschool program bimonthly network meetings and the development of a network committee to plan these meetings. Submit a resume with a cover letter as soon as possible to Rebkha Atnafou, Director, The After-School Institute, at [email protected] Include “Afterschool Support Coordinator” in the subject line. 24. Students Sharing Coalition 2008 Internships. Students Sharing Coalition is seeking to hire approximately six interns for each position listed below. For more information about the internship opportunities, please visit the Students Sharing Coalition webpage at http://www.studentssharing.org/. All internships require a resume and cover letter of interest. Please send to Michelle Stafford, Program Coordinator, 2315 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218 (410) 662-8999 or email materials to: [email protected] [source: JHU SOURCE http://www.jhsph.edu/source] Service Learning Field Intern – seeking a motivated intern to facilitate our weekend Community Action Projects (CAPS) at local community based organizations. Intern will work with small groups of local high school students at service sites, which include soup kitchens, shelters, and nursing homes. Interns will also be responsible for creating lesson plans and maintaining our CAP resource binders. Middle School Field Intern – seeking intern to help facilitate learning and provide mentoring for local Baltimore City middle school youth. Intern will work with Middle School coordinator in classrooms of 7th grade students once a week for the entire semester. Intern will be responsible for assisting the coordinator with materials preparation, logistical support, and evaluation, as well as helping to facilitate small group activities. After School Field Intern – seeking a motivated intern to help facilitate learning and provide mentoring for local Baltimore City middle school youth. Intern will work with Middle School coordinator up to twice a week for the entire semester. Intern will be responsible for assisting the coordinator with materials preparation, logistical support, and evaluation, as well as helping to facilitate group activities. Back To Top PREVIOUSLY POSTED EVENTS, CONFERENCES, & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Baltimore, MD: Baltimore City Public Schools Parent and Community Advisory Board Meeting Agenda. The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) was established to advise the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in the development and implementation of policies and procedures. PCAB supports parent involvement by helping to facilitate the flow of information from parents and community to the Board of School Commissioners, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and BCPSS administrators. PCAB is knowledgeable and informed about BCPSS policies, operations, and student data. The Board also helps to organize parent and community members to have an effective voice with the Board of School Commissioners. PCAB meetings are conducted in an open and public setting. During these public board meetings, time is set aside to accept public comment. Please support the work of The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) through your attendance at their board meetings, parent engagement is important to the success of the education of our children. All meetings begin promptly at 6:30pm, 1st Floor Board Room / BCPSS 200 E. North Ave., Baltimore. The remaining meeting dates are as follows: February 11, 2008 February 25, 2008 PCAB Board Meeting Calendar for SY 2007-2008 March 10, 2008 May 26, 2008 April 7, 2008 June 9, 2008 April 21, 2008 June 22, 2008 July 09, 2008 Baltimore, MD: Graduate Seminar on Injury Research and Policy: Violence Prevention. The focus of the Graduate Seminar on Injury Research and Policy for the 3 rd term in 2008 will be on violence prevention. The seminar series is jointly sponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The seminars are open to all students and faculty as well as to the public. Dr. Daniel Webster organizes and facilitates the seminars ([email protected]) and Whitney Austin ([email protected]) is the teaching assistant. The seminars will be on Tuesdays from 12:10 pm to 1:20 pm in the Hampton House Basement Auditorium at 624 N. Broadway in Baltimore. Questions about the logistics of the seminars should be directed to Edith Jones ([email protected], 410-955-2221). Feb. 5 John Umhau, MD, MPH, Laboratory of Clinical Studies, National Institute of Health, National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. “Correcting Nutritional Deficits and the Control of Violent Behavior.” Feb. 12 Dan Whitaker, Director, National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Marcus Institute, Atlanta. “Prevention of Partner Violence: Toward a Developmental and Ecological Approach” Feb. 19 Catherine Bradshaw, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “A Public Health Perspective on Bullying and Peer Victimization” Feb. 26 Richard Berk, PhD, Professor of Criminology and Statistics, University of Pennsylvania. “Forecasting Murder Within a Population of Probationers and Parolees: A High Stakes Application of Statistical Learning” Mar. 4 Anne K. Duggan, ScD, Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “The Influence of Adult Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance on the Effects of a Program to Prevent Child Maltreatment” Dallas, TX: 2008 Conference on Crimes Against Women. February 11-13, 2008. Further details http://www.ccawonline.org/ Washington, DC: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). February 11-14, 2008. If you are seeking ways to tackle drug use in your community or for a way to integrate youth into your community drug prevention strategy, you are eligible to attend. More information http://cadca.org/events/forum/forum18/. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America 2008 National Conference. February 25-27, 2008. This conference will feature presentations that discuss the relationship between outcomes, integration, and public policy and that demonstrate how to build public will and achieve positive change for children. More information at http://www.cwla.org/. Faces and Voices of Recovery Teleconference "Recovery Voices Count". These one-hour interactive teleconferences will give you expert information and a chance to ask questions of our experts. Growing numbers of recovery community organizations and recovery advocates across the country are getting involved in nonpartisan civic engagement activities so that their voices can be heard in the local, state and national arenas. They are conducting voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote activities, sponsoring candidate forums and getting candidates for political office on record about critical policies that will make recovery a reality for even more Americans. During this teleconference, you will learn from experts in the field about how to get involved in this exciting campaign. Learn more about Faces and Voices of Recovery at http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/ Register at https://www.sporg.com/registration?link_type=form&form_id=99354&view_type=windowed&returnurl=http ://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org%20. Remaining teleconferences: February 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm Eastern: "Recovery Community Centers Part 1" March 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm Eastern: "Recovery Community Centers Part 2" Chevy Chase, MD: Building Partnerships for Youth. February 27-29, 2008. This event will kickoff a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals interested in putting Positive Youth Development concepts to work at the state level through interdisciplinary collaborations. If you have state-level responsibility or oversight for programs that positively impact the well-being of young people, please consider applying to lead a state team of professionals in this year-long professional development experience. Teams will include 4-6 youth and adults from a variety of state level organizations (health, education, faith-based, and voluntary youth serving organizations are key). Free travel, resources, and tools, as well as numerous opportunities to network with peers from across the country, will be provided to accepted applicants. More information and application at http://calscf.calsnet.arizona.edu/fcs/content.cfm?content=spotlight. Savannah, GA: National At-Risk Youth Conference. March 2-5, 2008. The conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. Sponsored by College of Education at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA and the Continuing Education Center at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. More information at http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/yar2008.html Jacksonville, FL: American Psychology-Law Society 2008 Annual Conference. March 5-8, 2008. More information at http://www.ap-ls.org/conferences/apls2008/index.html. Chicago, IL: Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting. March 6-9, 2008. The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) is a rapidly growing, dynamic society focused on the theoretical, empirical, and policy research issues of adolescence. More information http://www.s-ra.org/meeting.html. Portland, OR: Responding to School Violence. March 11-12, 2008. This training, Responding to School Violence, explores strategies to create a culture of nonviolence within schools, strategies to intervene and prevent potential school attacks, immediate, short- and long-term strategies to respond to a violent episode, and strategies to address reactions to violent episodes. More information http://www.sei2003.com/ovcttac2008/SchoolViolence.htm Denver, CO: Blueprints Conference 2008. March 17-19, 2008. Evidence-Based Programs: Research to Practice Conference. The goal of the conference is to disseminate science-based information on youth violence, delinquency, and drug prevention programs that are effective. This conference will motivate the prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance, and tools by program experts to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. Further details at http://www.blueprintsconference.com/ Washington, DC: 2008 Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National GAINS Center Conference. March 18-20, 2007. The GAINS Center in the Justice System is committed to the goal of transforming the nation’s fragmented mental health system and developing a recovery-oriented, consumer-driven system of care. More information at http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/html/ New York, NY: American Education Research Association Annual (AERA) Meeting. March 24-28, 2007. Proposals now being accepted through August 3, 2007. AERA now includes a special interest group on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). More information about the conference at http://www.aera.net/. Or, visit http://www.casel.org/home.php for more information on SEL. Greensboro, NC: Society for Adolescent Medicine Annual Meeting. March 26-29, 2008. Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development, and research. More information at http://www.adolescenthealth.org/announcements.htm. Miami, FL: National Youth Crime Prevention Conference and International Forum. March 26-29, 2008. Designed for youth 12-22 and the adults who work with them, the conference will address such topics as crime, drug, and violence prevention. As customary, youth participants will play a significant role. Sponsored by Youth Crime Watch. More information at http://www.ycwa.org/youthcon/index.html. Chicago, IL: 5th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 27-29, 2007. Sponsored by the Association for Positive Behavior Support http://www.apbs.org/main.htm. Further information and registration at http://www.apbs.org/conference/chicago/default.html. Chicago, IL: Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration. March 31-April 4, 2008. The purpose of the course is to enable participants to become critical consumers of child welfare administrative data as a means toward making continuous quality improvements in their organizations. The course is limited to 15 participants, who will receive full support for tuition, room, and most meals. Candidates must complete an application form, submit a resume or CV, and include a recommendation from a supervisor at their current organization. Read more about the course and obtain application materials at http://www.about.chapinhall.org/conferences/analytics2008/conference.html. St. Louis, MO: American School Health Association Health Care 2008 and Business Institute. April 56, 2008. http://www.asha.org/about/events/hcare-conf/HC2008.htm Boston, MA: American Association of Suicidology Annual conference. April 16-19, 2008. Call for papers deadline, October 31, 2007. Learn more at the AAS website http://www.suicidology.org/. Bethesda, MD: Sexual Assault Response Team Training Program. April 21-25, 2008. This program is designed for health care personnel (officer, enlisted and civilian) desiring education and training in performing sexual assault examinations. In addition, chaplains, investigators, law enforcement, mental helth care workers, sexual assault victim advocates, and persons from other disciplines who wish to have an increased understanding of the sexual assault examination, and to provide a multidisciplinary approach to sexual assault care and the medioclegal process may attend. More information at http://www1.askafip.org/portal/page?_pageid=33,436958,33_450905&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL& pCourse=268&pAction=Course+Home Portland, OR: Coalition for Community Schools National Forum 2008. April 30 – May 2, 2008. The Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. The Coalition advocates for community schools as the vehicle for strengthening schools, families and communities so that together they can improve student learning. http://www.communityschools.org/ Milwaukee, WI: Prevent Child Abuse America 2008 National Conference. May 19-22, 2008. This conference is focused specifically on the prevention of child abuse and neglect through a variety of strategies including home visitation, research, parent education, public policy and advocacy, parent leadership, and integrated services for family support. More information http://www.preventchildabuse.org/events/conference/index.shtml. Ocean City, MD: Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) 2008 Conference “The Overflow of Corrections: The Road to Re-Entry and Reunification”. June 8-11, 2008. The goal of the conference is to provide high quality training through speakers and workshops on topics of interest to the MASCA membership, which is comprised of adult and juvenile probation agents, state prison and local detention center officers and case managers, and pretrial detention/supervision officers and case managers. More information forthcoming on the MASCA website http://masca.corrections.com/. Nashville, TN: Georgetown University Training Institutes Developing Local Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Needs and Their Families: New Directions to Improve Outcomes conference. July 16-20, 2008. For more information please visit http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/programs/ta_center/TrainingInstitutes/ Denver, CO: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. April 2-4, 2009. In response to overwhelming requests from membership and meeting attendees, SRCD is moving to a new Biennial Meeting schedule. http://www.srcd.org/biennial.html Washington, DC: Mental Health America 2008 Annual Conference & National Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Summit. June 4-7, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.nmha.org/go/conference/ Back To Top To subscribe to Items of Interest or for additional resources please go to http://www.jhsph.edu/preventyouthviolence. If you would like to relay any information in response to this email, please send an email to [email protected] at the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Items of Interest is funded through grant R49/CCR318627-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, Philip J. Leaf, Director. 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