February 15, 2016
ISSUE 6-4
              

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,
Elysse Chay Wageman
Prevention Services Manager, Public Policy Institute
Neu-Life involves youth in renovating its North Side headquarters
After 15 years of giving community youth a safe place to go after school, Neu-Life Community Development is renovating its headquarters at 2014 W. North Ave., where it provides afterschool programming for young people between 3 and 18 years old. Neu-Life raised the funds for the $600,000 project in one year.

Neu-Life runs after-school and summer programs for young people between 3 and 18 years old, though many participants remain with the program after they turn 18. The organization serves roughly 200 kids a day at three sites, two of which are located within community schools: Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School and Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Neu-Life offers programming in arts education, academic enrichment, health and wellness, service learning and community service.

Walgreens leads fight against prescription drug abuse with new programs to help curb misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths
On February 9, Walgreens announced the launch of a comprehensive new effort to combat drug abuse, introducing two programs that address key contributors to the crisis.

In the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., primarily at locations open 24 hours. A full listing of the states to be included in the program is below. The program will make the disposal of medications - including opioids and other controlled substances - easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month - a time to highlight the urgent need for strategies that stop dating violence before it starts and to promote healthy, violence-free relationships. This model describes prevention strategies that address risks for experiencing and perpetrating teen dating violence before young people start dating, from the individual level to society overall.
We've come too far to let e-cigarettes become the next generation's tobacco
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that 70% of middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette marketing in 2014. More than half of surveyed youth said they saw the advertisements in retail stores, with online advertising not far behind. While there is limited data on youth e-cigarette use or exposure in Milwaukee, community groups and school officials report that e-cigarettes are increasingly a problem. With e-cigarettes sold at almost every corner store and several vape shops having opened in the city, there is no doubt that Milwaukee youth are being put at risk by e-cigarette marketing.

A philanthropist drills down to discover why programs work
Philanthropists have poured millions of dollars into improving education in the United States - paying for new buildings, buying new computers and even creating new charter schools.

Susan Crown, a member of the billionaire Crown family of Chicago, is trying something different. Two years ago, she began working with organizations that seek to foster character traits like grit, empathy and perseverance, which studies show can be determinants of future success.

Read the full story from the New York Times and check out SEL Thrive for resources on social-emotional learning.
Project LEAD accepting applications
In Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, too many people are left out of our public conversations. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is changing this with Project LEAD-Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity.

This in-depth six-week training program prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, young professionals).

Project LEAD is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Project LEAD class through Friday, February 19, 2016.
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In This Issue
Neu-Life involves youth in renovating its North side headquarters
Walgreens leads fight against prescription drug abuse with new programs to help curb misuse of medications
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
We've come too far to let e-cigarettes become the next generation's tobacco
A philanthropist drills down to discover why programs work
Project LEAD accepting applications
Event Announcements
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM
Feb. 19, 6-8pm
Milwaukee, WI
The COA-Goldin Center Programs have partnered with the Milwaukee Rep Theater, Amani United, The Nova School, The Amani Storytellers, and the Dominican Center for the History through Arts: Black History Program entitled "Our Story: Telling It Like It Is" This community event is free and open to the public. More information here.

FREE ZUMBA CLASSES
Every Sat., 10-11am
Milwaukee, WI
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (5460 N. 64th St.) is holding free zumba fitness classes every Saturday. Open to the public!

SUMMIT ON HEALTHY TEEN RELATIONSHIPS
April 4
Wisconsin Dells, WI
More information available here. Scholarship application available here and due February 19.

MILWAUKEE CAN SUPPORT GROUP
Ongoing
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee CAN (Change Addiction Now) is a support group for anyone whose life has been affected by substance use and/or addiction. We recognize that this disease impacts not only those with the addiction, but also their friends and family. If you have similar life experiences, please join us. Milwaukee Area CAN meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, 6:00 PM to 7:30 at the Shorewood Library 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI.

YOUTH WORK LEARNING CENTER
Various
Milwaukee, WI
The Youth Work Learning Center, through the UWM School of Continuing Education, is offering two trainings: after school/school age curricular framework training and a training on guiding children's behavior in after school/school age programs. Find dates and more information here.
Job Announcements
COA YOUTH & FAMILY CENTERS OPENINGS
COA Youth & Family Centers has several openings, including pre-teen and teen group leaders. Find all positions on their website.

MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR
United Community Center is hiring a Marketing & Events Coordinator. More information can be found here.
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