CDC released the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) data. The BRFSS is a state-based surveillance system that uses survey phone calls to collect information on risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access for adults 18 and older. Learn more.
This article explains two kinds of scams: phishing, occurring through fraudulent e-mails that ask the recipient to verify personal information, and vishing, in which a scammer may make contact over the phone to request this information. It also provides tips for what those who think they may be a victim of one of these scams can do. Learn more.
At a town hall at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa, student body president Russhaun Johnson, whose mother was incarcerated during his high school career, described how education has empowered him. Johnson then introduced President Obama who discussed college access and affordability. Learn more.
StopBullying.gov’s Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Training Course is now available. This self-directed training includes the latest research and best practices in bullying prevention and features periodic quizzes that allow users to test their knowledge. Continuing education credits are available upon completion for a wide variety of bullying prevention stakeholders. Learn more.
NIJ seeks information on the range of responses and strategies that address the needs of justice–involved young adults (PDF, 1 page). Organizations implementing these types of programs or strategies are encouraged to share about their efforts by emailing: YoungAdultCrimJustPrograms@usdoj.gov. This information will be used to help establish program and research priorities for young adults involved in the justice system. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).
#KTFF is a public health awareness campaign that provides teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information about STDs and STD prevention so that they can make informed decisions about sexual activity. The campaign’s website aimed at teens includes facts about STDs and sex, as well as resources for getting tested. A section aimed at adults includes campaign materials, including posters and a YouTube video. Learn more.
This report provides an overview of a project in which NCJFCJ visited OJJDP-funded mentoring programs at 10 juvenile treatment drug court sites and conducted a focus group to discuss youth’s strengths and challenges. Learn more.
The BJA and the IACP collaborated on the creation of the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Roll Call Training Video based on the IACP/BJA Model Policy. This video is intended to introduce the Model Policy (PDF, 38 pages) to law enforcement agencies and includes interviews with law enforcement leaders, police officers, mental health practitioners, and children of arrested parents. Learn more: Watch the video, and read the feature article.
A new guide helps parents involved in the criminal justice system work with the child welfare system to stay involved with their children and understand the reunification process. The guide is grouped into seven sections that provide incarcerated parents with guidance on how to stay involved with their children and how to understand the reunification process. Read the youth.gov feature article on the guide for more information, or download the guide (PDF, 34 pages).
WWC developed a widget that users can add to their websites to link to WWC products, including practice guides, intervention reports, single study reviews, the reviewed studies database, and the Find What Works tool. The WWC widget will be automatically updated as new products and features are released. Learn more.
On September 30, 2015, Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a speech at the National Press Club, addressing the role of teachers in ending the school to prison pipeline. In his comments, Duncan shared statistics and real stories of youth that illustrated the racial disparities in incarceration rates and the deleterious impact that being involved with the justice system can have on the education and future of a young person. Duncan suggested an approach that includes providing high-needs schools with quality teachers and creating new paths for youth that allow them a better chance at becoming contributing members of society. Learn more.
Dates: October 1-31, 2015
National Youth Justice Month, 2015 is an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system and promote diverse opportunities for young people to lead productive and successful lives. In this press release announcing the observance, President Barack Obama describes the racial disparities among detained and incarcerated youth and the negative impact that involvement in the juvenile justice system can have on young people. The President also lists federal initiatives and programs that aim to address opportunity gaps, reduce recidivism, and improve youth outcomes. Learn more.
Application Deadline: Multiple
Through the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Service Area Competition (SAC), HRSA will award approximately $1.2 billion in funding to an estimated 465 SAC applicants. A SAC application is a request for federal financial assistance to continue support of comprehensive primary health care services in a service area currently served by a Health Center Program grantee whose project period is ending in FY 2016. Learn more.