The FFY 2012 Annual Synar Report: Tobacco Sales to Youth annual report was published today. This report covers inspections completed by states in FFY 2011 and reported in their FFY 2012 Annual Synar Reports. A synopsis of the report and link to the full report is below: In FY 2012, the national weighted average rate of tobacco sales to minors for the 50 States and the District of Columbia was 9.1 percent. While this rate is the second lowest retailer violation rate (RVR) in the history of the Synar program, it represents an increase in the RVR from FFY 2011, when the national rate was 8.5 percent. Despite the increase in the national average rate of tobacco sales to youth, the number of states reporting RVRs below 10 percent (34 states) remained consistent between FFYs 2011 and 2012. However, the number of states reporting RVRs below 5 percent decreased from 12 in FFY 2011 to 9 in FFY 2012.
Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2014 School Wellness in Action Mini-Grant Program designed to support Montana school districts in putting their school wellness policies into action. School wellness policies focus on improving students' health through increasing access to healthful food and beverage choices, nutrition education, and opportunities for regular physical activity. This funding opportunity is designed to help create sustainable school environments that encourage healthy food choices and physical activity throughout the school day. School districts must participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program to be eligible for this mini-grant program. Deadline: March 14, 2014
The Governor's Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation announced today that the 2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship is now available for up to 100 Montana high school seniors. It is the ninth year for this exciting scholarship opportunity aimed at students dedicated to volunteering. The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship rewards students who have volunteered over 100 hours in the last year and who want to further their education in state. This year, 100 high school seniors will receive $1,000 toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact's public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities. Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enrollment in a Montana post-secondary institution must be submitted to the Governor's Office of Community Service by April 15, 2014.
Have you seen the latest grant opportunities from SAMHSA? Check out the latest funding opportunities that support programs for substance use disorders and mental illness. You can also visit samhsa.gov/grants to learn about the grant application, review, and management process.
reACT mini grants are here! This school year, reACT mini grants will help your crew address tobacco marketing in convenience and grocery stores in your community, as well as facilitating other activities of your crew's choice! Want to do something cool to fight back against corporate tobacco with your crew, but don't have the money? Apply for a grant!
One of the toughest challenges communities are facing right now is trying to keep children and teens from using marijuana. To help drug prevention practitioners tackle this challenge, CADCA will offer several unique marijuana-related courses at its 24th National Leadership Forum to ensure community coalitions are equipped with the necessary skills and messaging. Held Feb. 3-6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md., the CADCA Forum offers people in the prevention and treatment field the most up-to-date information and research on a number of relevant topics.
If you were to ask a parent why they talk so positively about drinking to college kids, I bet most sensible adults would say they were just making small talk. They weren't trying to encourage kids to hurt themselves or commit a crime. But from the perspective of a teenager, that doesn't matter. Whether adults understand the impact of their words or not, conversations about the "normalness" of drinking in college are propagating an illegal and harmful social norm among young people.
Local governments have the responsibility and ability to protect the public's health and safety. They fulfill this responsibility in part through their land use powers - by determining what activities may occur on the land within their jurisdiction. Activities associated with alcohol fall within these broad powers. Although the exact term and process may differ from State to State, these Conditional Use Permits are a crucial feature of zoning laws in most States. These policies can help create and maintain an environment regarding alcohol that protects minors from underage drinking.
More and more college-age kids are landing in emergency rooms after ingesting the designer drug known as Molly, but experts tell NBC News that many of the kids who think they're using Molly are really taking something else -- often something more harmful, like bath salts.
The misuse of alcohol by college students is of great concern to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In an effort to educate students about the risks involved with the misuse of alcohol, the NCAA has, through the support of the NCAA Foundation and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., developed NCAA CHOICES, a grant program for alcohol education. The NCAA CHOICES program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences TO INTEGRATE athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol-education projects.
Hopa Mountain offers an innovative Native Science Fellows program for Native American undergraduate and graduate students to participate in community-based science organizations in an effort to increase their engagement in higher education and geosciences careers. The next Native Science Fellows application deadline is September 5, 2013.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey." This fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center's National Youth Gang Survey, which collects data from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the national youth gang problem. The fact sheet discusses trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, November/December 2013. This issue's lead story highlights the first of four public hearings that the Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence will hold to examine the impact of violence on children in Indian country. The task force is a joint effort between the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior and tribal governments.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released the fall 2013 issue of the online "Journal of Juvenile Justice." This issue features articles that focus on early diversion and assessment to screen youth out of the juvenile justice system, the lack of research on teen courts and recidivism, the effectiveness of intervention programs and mental health courts for delinquents with mental health issues, and recidivism and delinquency risk factors for male and female offenders. Other articles describe a 1-day police - youth team-building program, the impact of Internet-based mindfulness meditation/guided relaxation on incarcerated youth's self-regulation, and a critique of place-based "hot spots" policing in preventing delinquency.
Understanding what helps justice-involved American Indian youth reduce or end their involvement in the tribal juvenile justice system and make positive changes is important for developing effective support programs. In "Stories of Change Among Justice-Involved American Indian Youth From the Cross-Site Evaluation of OJJDP's Tribal Green Reentry Program," youth, parents, and program staff who participated in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Demonstration programs share their perspectives. The report also highlights risk and protective factors for system-involved tribal youth.
Join the South by Southwest Injury Prevention Network for the second in their series of calls on suicide prevention. This call will be January 22 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. eastern time, and is hosted with support from the Children's Safety Network. This presentation is part of the Network's year-long series on Innovations in Policy and Practice for Injury and Violence Prevention. All past webinars, including the first in the series on suicide prevention which offered an overview of prevention strategies from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and a suicide prevention program example from the Alabama Department of Public Health, are archived on the Network's website: https://sites.google.com/site/sxswipn/presentations-and-meeting-minutes
The Department of Public Health and Human Services is seeking a contractor to implement environmental prevention activities to address underage drinking (ages 12-20) and misuse/abuse of prescription drugs (ages 12-25) in 23 identified counties/reservations. Applications are due Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:00 PM.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is hosting the podcast series "A National Conversation on Protecting Our Youth" to provide environmental strategies that address underage drinking-related issues in communities, states, and territories and reduce youth access to alcohol. Parents, researchers, law enforcement officials, coalition members, youth groups, advocates, and experts discuss public health and safety issues of youth alcohol use and share successful outcomes and strategies.
In a final recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has stated that primary care clinicians should provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent school-aged and adolescent patients from using tobacco. Evidence shows that a variety of behavioral counseling interventions can reduce the risk that school-aged children and adolescents will start smoking cigarettes, according to the task force.
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. Deadline: Ongoing
A famous rapper is helping make prevention cool. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared some new songs with me. He explained the songs were written and performed by a rapper named Macklemore. After listening to just one song, I was encouraged.
On June 17-19, 2014, Global Youth Justice will host its 9th Global Youth Justice Training Institute in Cape Cod, MA. Participants will learn strategies to enhance juvenile diversion programs - teen, peer, youth, and student courts and peer juries. The agenda includes peer-to-peer training sessions on topics, including recruiting/training volunteers, grants and funding, increasing juvenile referrals, community partnerships, wrap-around services, and substance abuse screening and treatment. A half-day grant writing and resource session will also be offered.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of System of Care Expansion planning grants and implementation cooperative agreements to support state, community, and tribal efforts to develop, expand, and sustain a system of care that will provide mental health services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families and/or caregivers. Planning grant applications are due by March 19, 2014; implementation grant applications are due by March 21, 2014.
The Scholastic Book Grants Program is a corporate in-kind giving initiative that provides high-quality reading materials to children in need. The Company's goal is to ensure that each of its book donations has a significant impact on fostering literacy. Small-scale (unsolicited) donations of 500-1,000 books are awarded to 501c3 or 170c literacy organizations.
Holidays - we are busier than ever before, and planning ahead for the approaching holiday festivities adds additional stress that impacts our routine and rhythm of daily life. It's not exactly a convenient time for having a serious conversation with your teen about topics such as underage drinking. Some parents might think that battling underage drinking is a futile effort, but studies show that parents who adopt a zero tolerance for underage drinking were the top reason that teens don't drink.
Four alcohol brands - Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey - accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The birth rate among teenagers reached another historic low in 2012, government researchers announced Friday, and there is evidence that a switch to more effective means of birth control is a factor. According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the birth rate among young women ages 15 to 19 fell 6 percent last year, to 29.4 births per thousand, the lowest rate in the 73 years the government has been collecting the data. The decline was across all racial and ethnic groups.
Teens whose parents have ever smoked are more likely to become smokers, even if their parents quit before they were born, according to a new study. Teens with an older sibling who smokes are also more likely to start using cigarettes. The study followed 214 participants starting in 1988, when they were high school freshmen, until 2011. The researchers also studied 314 of their children ages 11 and older. Participants took annual surveys about their smoking habits, and their children were surveyed in 2011.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) released the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention (NAP). Based on the public health model, the NAP framework provides a vision which guides actions and explores the role of federal, state, local, public, and private partners in the prevention of childhood injury. During this first webinar, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) will provide a quick overview of the NAP and review the NAP's data and surveillance domain and its implications for local health departments.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is coordinating a "Shout Out for Birth Control Day" on November 12. It is asking for national partners and stakeholders to help start a more positive conversation about birth control and mobilize others to do so as well. They have provided key facts and resources you can share via social media. They are also asking for organizations and community leaders to submit op-eds to be published on November 12. The National Campaign has asked that any participation in the day or publicizing of the day remain embargoed until the 12th to have a larger impact. For more information and examples of how to participate, visit The National Campaign's "Thanks Birth Control" webpage.
In the continuing effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and to highlight the 15th anniversary of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, you are invited to a webinar hosted by the FASD Center for Excellence. Titled "Preventing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Applying New Solutions to Ongoing Needs," the webinar will take place on September 9, 2013, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, and is free to all attendees.
World Health Organization Adolescent Survey - for 12 to 19 year olds, open until October 1, 2013.
On January 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, will present "Effective Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement." This 90-minute Webinar will focus on youth diversion programs, including program development, implementation challenges, and successes. Panelists will discuss strategies for law enforcement agencies starting or improving a youth diversion program.
On February 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center, will present "Drilling Down: An Analytical Look at EBP Resources." This 90-minute Webinar will focus on evidence-based practice (EBP) resources available to juvenile justice and youth service professionals. Panelists will discuss ways to apply EBP to daily work in the field and to be critical consumers of research evidence. Other topics will include a comparison of rating systems and additional uses for the information.
This webinar will describe how schools can effectively prevent suicide. It will provide an overview of the research on school-based suicide prevention programs and identify resources that can be helpful in developing and implementing your own program. In addition, it will offer examples of how two states developed programs to prevent suicide in a variety of school systems, including those serving ethnically diverse students. Monday, September 23, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
This youth-taught workshop presented by New Hampshire's Dover Youth to Youth (a nationally recognized student advocacy group) uses the "Knowledge > Skills > Action" model to share how youth can be organized and empowered to become effective. A focus of the webinar will be on how the model can be used to achieve policy change and shifts in community norms. Many of the principles will be illustrated by examining the "Refrigerator Campaign," a multimedia strategy to reduce youth access to alcohol by motivating parents to control access to alcohol in their homes. This webinar is ideal for adults, coalitions, or organizations that would like to work effectively with youth advocates, those who would like to have greater youth involvement, those who want to broaden their existing youth advocacy efforts, and youth who are interested in advocacy. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
Since the 1990s, local and State governments have passed laws designed to hold those who provide alcohol, or enable the consumption by providing an environment in which a minor can consume alcohol, responsible for their conduct. These "social host" laws are often different and unique to the communities they serve. Our program will look retrospectively at the different social host approaches used by cities, counties, and States and the laws that have survived and those that have been struck down by the courts; and we will discuss the challenges and proponents of social host legislation in the future. Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
Violence is preventable, and more U.S. cities are exploring public health approaches to create safe, thriving communities. Prevention Institute developed the UNITY RoadMap for cities to more effectively and sustainably prevent violence before it occurs. Grounded in partnerships and prevention strategies, the UNITY RoadMap describes the essential elements for implementing a comprehensive strategy. Presenters will introduce the UNITY RoadMap and describe how its elements have been integrated into local efforts, such as the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
Federal programs and resources that focus on creating safe and healthy environments in schools, anti-bullying efforts, healthy relationships and communication. September 19, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 pm MT
As the parent of a teenager myself, I know how important it is to talk about safe sex, but what about safe relationships? October is domestic violence awareness month, and while February is officially teen dating violence awareness month, we should not wait for a specific month to have this conversation with our kids. We should be having it routinely! As an ER doctor, I can tell you teen dating violence is a bigger problem than you might realize. Approximately one in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, young women ages 16-24 are the most vulnerable age group. Despite almost two-thirds of teens who have been in a relationship admitting they know a friend in an abusive relationship, less than half of parents admit they have spoken to their children about dating violence and healthy relationships.
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