Urge Your Member of Congress to Join the Youth Drug Prevention Caucus

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Background

Representatives Sander Levin (D-12th/MI) and Mary Bono Mack (R-46th/CA) have co-founded and will co-chair the new Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention. The mission of this newly formed Caucus is to:

  • educate members of Congress and federal agencies about the benefits of youth drug prevention (including the prevention of underage drinking);
  • raise awareness about the consequences of youth drug use among children, parents and families;
  • raise awareness about the effectiveness of comprehensive, community-wide approaches, including the involvement of parents, schools, teachers, and the media; and
  • ensure that substance use/abuse prevention is included in all appropriate authorizing and appropriations legislation, and garner support for such legislation.

In an effort to raise awareness about the need for increased youth drug prevention funding and appropriate policies, we’d like to see as many members of Congress as possible join the Caucus. The more constituents your member hears from, the more likely he/she is to join.

What You Can Do

Use CADCA’s CapWiz to fax a letter to you representative, asking him/her to join the Youth Drug Prevention Caucus.

CADCA’s fax system allows you to automatically send a fax to your legislators from its website. To send faxes to your legislators, go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/.


U.S. ED’s OSDFS TO HOST TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WEBINAR—”GRANT WRITING 101″

May 27, 2010

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., EDT, The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) will be offering a webinar to the public for those individuals that will be submitting a discretionary grant application to the OSDFS office.

OSDFS Staff will provide tips and discuss common elements that should be addressed when submitting an application.

On the day of the webinar, call-in participation will be limited to the first 300 callers, and WebEx capacity is limited to the first 200.

The webinar power point presentation will be available on May 26 just before the webinar, at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/resources.html.

Click on Number One, “OSDFS Webinars.”

Topic: Grant Writing 101
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 747 268 404
Meeting Password: OSDFS

To join the online meeting power point (Now from iPhones and other Smartphones too!)
1. Go to https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?ED=136174202&UID=0&PW=NMzljYTQyMDlj&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: OSDFS
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?ED=136174202&UID=0&PW=NMzljYTQyMDlj&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

To join the audio teleconference only — please dial conference line at:

1. Dial-in number:  888-810-6750
2. Participant passcode:  3234282


Regulations Lag as Alcohol Firms Tap New Media to Reach Young Drinkers

May 26, 2010

HealthDay News reported May 19 that American University professor Kathryn Montgomery — author of the report, Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age (PDF) — said that alcohol is being sold through “a multiplicity of platforms throughout the day and night that includes online, offline, mobile, digital, music, video — a whole range of different ways that consumers interact with new digital marketing.”

Adolescents are being bombarded with alcohol marketing online as firms exploit new-media tools and lax regulation to put their brand images and information in front of young drinkers, according to a new report.

Researchers said that the Federal Trade Commission needs to investigate an advertising space where loose regulations. Alcohol companies also are reaching out to consumers via social-networking platforms like Facebook, both directly and indirectly through consumers who are encouraged to tout their brands to others in the network.

Click here to read full article


Botvin LifeSkills Training Launches Award-Winning Parent Program on Amazon’s Kindle

May 26, 2010

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 25, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The award-winning Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Parent Program is now available as an e-book: Princeton Health Press announced today its plan to make parent resources more accessible through the world’s most popular eReader, Amazon’s Kindle, as well as through the Kindle application for PCs, Mac, Blackberry and the Apple iPhone and iPad.

“The Kindle provides an exceptional reading experience and we’re pleased to offer our Parent Program through this platform,” said Craig Zettle, Vice President of Princeton Health Press. “In less than 60 seconds, parents can download the book and start to learn valuable skills that will help their children stay healthy and lead drug-free lives.” The comprehensive LST Parent Program fosters family communication through skill-building activities that can help parents teach their children to avoid the perils of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse. Parents using the eReader edition will have access to a complimentary Parent Resource website from where they can download worksheets for interactive activities.

“Parents can dramatically reduce the likelihood that their children will develop problems with cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal drugs,” said author/program developer, Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. “The LST Parent Program provides parents with the tools needed to help their children avoid drug abuse and cope with the many challenges of life.” The LifeSkills Training Parent Program is part of a comprehensive suite of new prevention materials based on the highly effective LifeSkills Training (LST) school-based alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention program for adolescents. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been selected for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

Click here to read full article


Funding Opportunity: Grant Annoucement

May 25, 2010

Grant: National Girls Institute – To establish an institute to advance the understanding and application of evidence-based programs for delinquent and at-risk girls.

Funder: U.S. Department of Justice.

Eligibility: State, local and tribal governments; public and state controlled higher education institutions; and nonprofits.

Deadline: June 30.

Amount: $500,000 (one award).

Contact: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2010/NatlGirlsInst.pdf.


Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

May 24, 2010

Grant: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG): local and state programs – JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, including prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness protection.

Funder: U.S. Department of Justice.

Eligibility: All states and territories and certain local governments, as specified.

Deadline: June 16 for state solicitations; June 30 for local solicitations.

Amount: Funds are allocated by state according to a statutory formula.

Contact: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/jag.html.


Pioneers of Prevention Convene to Discuss Blueprints for Violence Prevention

May 24, 2010

WHITE PLAINS, NY – On April 8, 2010, the world’s leading prevention scientists gathered for a panel discussion at the Blueprints Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The panel, titled “Blueprints: A 10-Year Retrospective and Look to the Future,” aimed to review a decade of violence and substance abuse prevention efforts and to anticipate the challenges ahead. More than 700 delegates, including professionals working in the area of juvenile justice, violence and drug abuse prevention for youth, attended this conversation.

In the last ten years, the evidence-based prevention programs that Blueprints has cited as models have become the gold standard for policy-makers as the only logical and cost-efficient means by which to reduce violence and substance abuse in communities. However, funding is still scarce.

“In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health care costs, it is vitally important that policy-makers and decision-makers promote the use of the most effective prevention programs available based on scientific evidence of what works,” said panelist Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of LifeSkills Training, a Blueprints model program for substance abuse and violence prevention. “Blueprints for Violence Prevention gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs.”

Other panelists included Clay Yeager (Moderator); David Olds, Nurse-Family Partnership; Mark Greenberg, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies; Mary Ann Pentz, Midwestern Prevention Program; Jim Alexander, Functional Family Therapy; Scott Henggeler, Multisystemic Therapy; Delbert Elliott, University of Colorado; and Shay Bilchik, formerly with the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

Established in 1996 at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention program monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse.

Click here to watch video: http://lifeskillstraining.com/blueprints.php


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