New Grant Announcement: CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects

October 17, 2011

Children, Youth and Families at-Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community ProjectsGrant: To improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System.

Funder: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Eligibility: Land-grant institutions.

Amount: Multiple awards of up to $80,000 each.

 Contact: www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/cyfar_scp.html.

Deadline: December 1, 2011.

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The other victims of bullying

October 13, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This month works to raise awareness and to end bullying in schools everywhere. Pride Learning and Teaching Surveys did studies to better understand the effects that bullying has on not only other students but teachers. The research indicated that bullying not only interferes with other students’ classwork but it also interferes with teachers’ ability to teach.

See survey results here.

To learn more about how Pride Learning and Teaching Surveys conduct their research click here to see their in-depth process.

 


Be on the lookout for this candy on Halloween

October 12, 2011

Kalan LP, a Landsdowne, Pennsylvania based candy company, has manufactured marijuana-shaped candies called Pothead Lollipops that are already being sold in 1,000 stores in the United States. The president of Kalan LP, Andrew Kalan, says the candy was manufactured to promoted the legalization of…you guessed it, marijuana.

Parents and officials are already trying to have the candy banned from being sold in stores. A City Council member from Buffalo, New York even said that he would refuse to grant any store a license if they agreed to sell the product.

To read the full article, click here.


Funding Opportunity: 21st Century High School ASSETs

October 12, 2011

21st Century High School ASSETs

Grant: The 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program provides incentives for establishing before- and after-school enrichment programs that partner schools and communities to provide academic support; safe, constructive alternatives for high school students; and assistance in passing the California High School Exit Exam. Programs may operate after school only, or after school and any combination of before school, weekends, summer, intercession, and vacation. Each program must consist of three elements: academic assistance, educational enrichment, and family literacy services.

Funder: The legal authority by No Child Left Behind Act, Title IV, Part B, California Education Code sections 8420-8428 (revised by Statutes of 2006); Budget Item 6110-197-0890.

Eligibility: institutions of higher education (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12), local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies.

Required Eligibility Criteria: Federal legislation mandates that school eligibility be based on requirements for Title I Schoolwide Programs.

Competitive priority is to be given to applications serving schools identified as in need of improvement (Section 1116). To meet the competitive priority, an application must be jointly submitted by local education agencies (LEAs) receiving funds under Title I, Part A, and community-based organizations or other public or private, entities. State legislation gives priority to high schools whose most recent score on the Academic Performance Index (API) ranks the school in the lowest three deciles.

Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 per school site.

Contact: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=2098

Deadline: December 9, 2011.


President Obama is offering YOU a chance to change public policy

October 7, 2011

Obama’s website We the People, a petition-posting website, allows ordinary citizens the opportunity to change public policy. It’s where people with concerns can voice them. A recent petition has been posted by CADCA to raise awareness of prevention programs and Drug Free communities. The petition? 25,000 signatures within 30 days and the issue will be discussed among Obama and his cabinet. Click here to learn more.

Here’s how to get involved:

Viewing and signing on to the petition is easy, and takes less than one minute – all you have to do is:

1. Go to: http://wh.gov/2Yh

2. Login or Create a username and password

3. Click ‘Sign Petition’

Getting 100 people to sign on is easy:

• Ask your coalition members and volunteers to sign on
• Get your local youth advocates involved

• Post on your Facebook and Twitter accounts

• Post link and instructions on the homepage of your coalition’s website

Thank you in advance for taking the time to sign this petition, and for disseminating this broadly to your networks so that we can achieve a minimum of 25,000 signatures! If we all make this a priority, we can secure many more than the 25,000 signatures.

If you have any questions about the petition, please contact Lindsay Houff at lhouff@cadca.org.

Prevention is important and if it’s that important to you, then sign the petition and support CADCA’s effort in the fight against substance abuse.


Prevention, a path for a healthier and stronger nation

October 5, 2011

R. Gil Kerlikowske posted an article about the positive attributes prevention programs can bring to communities. “I stand with President Obama in commemorating National Substance Abuse Prevention Month,” he said. He also added how substance abuse not only affects those suffering from it, but it also affects families, friends, and even the health care and judicial systems.

With the help and funding of evidence-based prevention programs, the United States could save more money preventing addiction than letting it happen in the first place. According to Kerlikowske, substance abuse costs the United States roughly $193 billion in health and legal costs. This amounts to even more debt that the economy has to worry about.

Although preventing substance abuse does not happen overnight, Kerlikowske offered some ways in which families and communities can get involved in the fight against substance abuse:

  • Talk to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • Discard of old or expired prescription medicine bottles
  • Research local prevention coalitions and resources around your area

To read Kerlikowske’s post on the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy page, click here.


Makers of Four Loko Want to Label Cans with Alcohol Content

October 4, 2011

Project Phusion, manufacturer of  controversial alcoholic beverage Four Loko, wants to change the labels of their cans to now include the alcohol content “so that they can state the drinks contain as much alcohol as four to five cans of beer.” Why the change? Project Phusion wants to better inform its users after the FTC claimed that Project Phusion falsely stated that the 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko contains the same amount of alcohol as two 12-oz. beers. The FTC states that the amount of alcohol found in a can of Four Loko is the equivalent to four or five beers despite its marketing as a single-serving beverage. Read the full article here.


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