June 8, 2015
ISSUE 5-12

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 OJJDP presents findings from evaluation of juvenile drug courts

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) presented their results from an OJJDP sponsored evaluation of drug court intervention programs and their outcomes in the Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Nine juvenile drug courts were evaluated from three regions nationwide, where the efficacy of each of these programs in reducing recidivism and improving youth's social functioning was assessed.


Read the full report in the Juvenile Justice Bulletin

Long-term effects on survivors of a terrorist attack

A study on the long-lasting effects on survivors of the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing in 1995 was released. The study was led by Phebe Tucker, MD, professor, vice chair of education, and Arnold and Bess Ungerman, Endowed Chair of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.  
The Oklahoma City bombing in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building killed 168 people and left 680 others injured. The survey included 138 direct survivors of the bombing. Results found that the survivors had higher levels of depression and anxiety than controls, but did not have higher rates of binge drinking or tobacco consumption.
Read more about the study here.

Youth council sparks change in the community

The Westside Academy II youth council is working toward improving safety in the Washington Park community. The council consists of ten Westside Academy II students, who have centered their goals on working to reduce drug dealing outside of corner stores. The students addressed the owner of Guru-Foods, a store in the neighborhood, about ways to increase safety. They have been working with local Alderman Russell Stamper and Assistant District Attorney Chris Ladwig to follow up on these proposed changes to the store.


Sponsored by Safe & Sound, the youth council has been active in trying to change the community for the past two years, and will continue to give children the leadership skills they need to make lasting changes in their community.


Read more about the youth council and their work in the community here.

Cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco trends in Wisconsin

A  recent study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that there was a statistically significant decline in cigarette smoking in Wisconsin during 2011-2013, along with 26 other states. The prevalence of cigarette smoking in adults ages 18 and older nationwide has lowered from 20.9% in 2011 to 18.7% in 2013.


The authors of the study stressed the importance of state tobacco-control programs. Despite the severity of negative consequences of smoking including substantial morbidity and premature mortality, the 2015 proposed level of funding of comprehensive tobacco-control programs in the U.S. will be less than 15% of the level recommended by the CDC. 


Read more from Griffin Smith's article  

ACE and TIC practices on the rise in juvenile jails

More and more juvenile detention centers around the nation are beginning to adopt adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and trauma-informed care (TIC) practices into their prisons rather than the traditional tough practices involving mainly negative reinforcements.


Many of the children entering these facilities have dealt with one or more sources of trauma in their life. The new practices have had success in reducing physical fighting in the juvenile prisons between the youth, as well as reduce the violence invoked upon corrections officers by the youth. The youth also reported a decline in PTSD symptoms including nightmares, depression, and anxiety. ACE and TIC practices are on the rise in juvenile prisons across the nation, and are having a positive effect on both the youth and the staff at these facilities. 


Read more about the current state of juvenile prisons here

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In This Issue
OJJDP presents findings from evaluation of juvenile drug courts
Long-term effects on survivors of a terrorist attack
Youth council sparks change in the community
Cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco trends in Wisconsin
ACE and TIC practices on the rise in juvenile jails
Event Announcements


Tuesdays, June 23-August 18

Milwaukee, WI

The Parenting Network is sponsoring a summer program for youth ages 16-20. More information available online.



June 17

Milwaukee, WI

Youth and adult peacemakers are invited to come to this event, which will include food, activities, and peacemaking workshops. Contact Janay McClain-Kelly for more information at (414) 447-5333 or Janaym@boysgirlsclubs.org



Thursdays, June 11- August 27

Milwaukee, WI

The Parenting Network is hosting a discussion group for expecting parents and parents of newborns up to two years old. More information available online.

Job Opportunities


Community Advocates is seeking a Director of Development. Apllications due June 9. More information available online.



COA is seeking a Goldin Youth Development Programs Manager. More information can be found here.   



The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is currently recruiting for a Trauma Informed Care Project Manager. Apply online (Job # 25325).

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