December 7, 2015
ISSUE 5-25

We thank you for reading this edition of the Prevention Journal! As always, please keep us informed of your coming events, job opportunities, grant availability, and other activities. Your ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Yours in prevention,
Kari Lerch
Deputy Director, Public Policy Institute
Milwaukee Mentors Mentoring Inventory - Request for assistance
A number of Milwaukee area organizations have taken up the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge, a national call to action from President Barack Obama to improve life outcomes for all young people. These local MBK supporters are developing an action plan to align community activities and initiatives to meet the goals of MBK.

Part of that action plan is the development of a MILWAUKEE MENTOR NETWORK, a collaborative of area organizations providing mentor services to Milwaukee youth. Initiators of the Milwaukee Mentor Network to-date include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Center for Youth Engagement, the Center for Self Sufficiency, City of Milwaukee, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, and the Milwaukee Bucks Organization.

We are conducting a community mentoring inventory to identity assets and gaps in mentor service delivery. Your help is needed to ensure maximum participation from as many mentoring programs, groups, and organizations as possible. Our goal: to make sure every young person who needs a mentor in Milwaukee can have one if he or she chooses.

Please take a moment to take this survey and share with your networks and any others within your reach who touch the lives of Milwaukee youth by way of mentoring. Please also include in any of your upcoming constituent communications, e-blasts, newsletters to network members and grantees, and any community, social, faith-based and sorority/fraternity groups you may be affiliated with.

The survey will be open through the month of December and be used to inform a Milwaukee Mentoring Symposium on Thursday, January 14th as part of National Mentoring Month at the BMO-Harris Bradley Center.
Prison price tag: Wisconsin residents paying outsized costs for corrections
Watch this clip  to learn about the price that Wisconsin residents pay -- in both dollar terms and in lost human potential -- for years of shortsighted decisions about corrections and public safety.
Alcohol and senior citizens: Planning for a safe holiday
In December, we have many more opportunities to enjoy socializing with family and friends. Even if we are careful to watch the alcohol intake of friends who are driving, we may overlook another group that is vulnerable to alcohol-related harm - the elderly. As people age their ability to break-down alcohol slows down. In addition, seniors are more likely to be taking medications that interact with alcohol. In Wisconsin, falls are the leading cause of alcohol-related accidents resulting in death (35%), far more than alcohol-related vehicular deaths (17%). In addition, the number of alcohol-related falls that result in death has been increasing in Wisconsin for the last decade.

Planning ahead enables you to avert problems without offending elders. Find out what medications they are taking well in advance of a gathering. If consuming alcohol in moderation is permissible, consider simply cutting the amount of alcohol in mixed drinks for seniors by half or providing sparkling grape juice in a wine glass from time to time. Finally, walk Seniors into their home and turn on the lights before leaving; falls can occur in the hallway as well as an icy sidewalk.
With a little planning, we can treat Seniors with the respect and dignity they deserve while taking care of them as they cared for us.

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project provides training, tools and technical assistance to municipalities and groups working to improve Wisconsin's alcohol environment.
A season of thanks and tips from FosterClub
For many young people in foster care, however, the holidays serve as a reminder of the family and friends they are missing while in foster care. To help support these youth, FosterClub created two holiday guides for both youth and supportive adults.
New YoungStar report available
The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) has recently completed a policy brief, YoungStar: We're Turning Five! Five Year Analysis as of July 2015. The YoungStar child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a breakthrough policy initiative that has great promise to transform child care in Wisconsin by helping parents make good choices, and by providing incentives and assistance for child care programs to improve.
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In This Issue
Milwaukee Mentors Mentory Inventory - Request for assistance
Prison price tag: Wisconsin residents paying outsized costs for corrections
Alcohol and senior citizens: Planning for a safe holiday
A season of thanks and tips from FosterClub
New YoungStar report available
Event Announcements
Dec. 15, 9-11am
Milwaukee, WI
Beyond the Bell Milwaukee will be holding a Quality Working Group meeting at Center for Youth Engagement, 4850 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

March 16-18
Milwaukee, WI
Join Embody for the 5th Annual Safe Healthy Strong Conference (SHS) 2016,Wisconsin's only conference for people working to make a difference in the sexual & reproductive health of youth, adults, elders, families, and communities. More information and registration available online.
Job Opportunities
Wisconsin Public Media is hiring for a variety of positions. See openings at Wisconsin Public Radio here and Wisconsin Public Television here.

Deadline for application is December 20. More information available online.
Funding Opportunities
The McGinnity Family Foundation works to give voice to youth and young adults through funding initiatives that are youth-created and youth-led. The Foundation invites organizations to submit proposals for its upcoming round of grants. See the RFP letter and grant proposal template for more information.
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