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Oct. 19, 2016 - Department of Justice Launches Changing Minds Campaign To Raise Awareness about Children's Exposure to Violence
"The Department of Justice announced the launch of "Changing Minds," the first national campaign to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children's exposure to violence and trauma. Established through the Department's Defending Childhood Initiative, the national education campaign features digital and print content intended to reach adults who interact with children and youth in grades K-12. The multiyear campaign will engage teachers, coaches, counselors, doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, and other professionals and caregivers on proven ways to help health the damage of childhood trauma."Identifying mental health disorders for children early on may prevent "school drop outs or other problems in life." Click here to read this article on how providing educators with mental health resources could serve as an opportunity to include mental health topics into their curriculum as a way to "increasing participants' knowledge of mental-health illnesses and decreasing diagnosable conditions."
Visit the campaign's website at ChangingMindsNow.org.
To access the OJJDP's National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, click here.
Oct. 17, 2016 - The New Focus on Children's Mental Health
Identifying mental health disorders for children early on may prevent "school drop outs or other problems in life." Click here to read this article on how providing educators with mental health resources could serve as an opportunity to include mental health topics into their curriculum as a way to "increasing participants' knowledge of mental-health illnesses and decreasing diagnosable conditions."
Oct. 11, 2016 - Press Release: IBM Offers Technology Grants
"Called the IBM SafetyNet, the software can help not-for-profits -- such as those that provide services related to behavioral health, child welfare, after school recreation, job training and senior citizens needs -- evaluate and document the success of their programs more effectively." Click here for more information.
Sept. 30, 2016 - President Obama Proclaims October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month
On September 30, President Obama issued a proclamationrecognizing October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. The number of juvenile arrests have fallen over the past decade, and the majority have been for nonviolent crimes. Young people of color, particularly black and Hispanic males and Native American youth, continue to be overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. This month-long observance is dedicated to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and encourages communities to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential. In his proclamation, the President urged Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to protect youth and limit the number of youth held in adult jails and prisons. The President cited OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative to provide job training, substance use disorder treatment, and counseling in juvenile facilities and expand community-based alternatives to youth. The proclamation also supports eliminating the use of solitary confinement, screening youth for exposure to trauma, and addressing opportunity gaps for youth through the President’s My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Visit OJJDP’s National Youth Justice Awareness Month webpage.
September - Family Engagement
August - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students
July - Tribes and Native American Youth
June - Trauma-Informed Classrooms
May - Restorative Justice
April - Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
March - Disproportionate Minority Contact
February - The Achievement Gap
January - School Engagement and Connectedness
December - Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy
November - What are School-Based Arrests and Referrals?
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