March 14, 2016
ISSUE 6-6
                 

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
PPI Spotlight: Jeff Roman and Minority Male Achievement Program
Click here to watch the video.
In Milwaukee, men and boys of color suffer health disparities, low graduation rates and low educational attainment which all contribute to negative outcomes that result in economic, social and political exclusion. The CA-PPI Minority Male Achievement Program was created to fill these gaps using a collective process to guide stakeholders to action while encouraging coordinated focus and alignment. Benchmark Coordinator, Jeff Roman, discusses the program in this video.

Each week we will be rolling out a video on our programs and how they each contribute to the Public Policy Institute's mission: preventing and reducing poverty while improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. See all the PPI Spotlight videos on the PPI blog.
Nonprofits can apply for free IT services through UWM
Nonprofits are invited to apply for information technology (IT) services throughnonprofIT, a collaborative effort of UW-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives, ENTECH, and School of Information Studies.

Two projects will be selected from the pool of applicants to receive IT consultation at no cost during the 2016 Fall semester (any equipment costs are the responsibility of the applicant). Learn more here.
The brain science behind raising the tobacco buying age to 21
Nationally, 18-year-olds can buy tobacco products, including cigarettes and cigars. However, in the past decade or so, some American communities, cities and one state (Hawaii) have passed ordinances and laws increasing the minimum age to 21.

These new policies could lead to better brain development among young adults who might have otherwise chosen to smoke at a younger age, said Brian King, the deputy director for research translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health. 

Milwaukee Christian Center Project Director, Arleta Cobb, highlighted in 40 Under 40 list
Arleta has worked with past Milwaukee Brighter Futures projects and is currently implementing the Making Proud Choices! curriculum as part of our Teen Pregnancy Prevention collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, funded by the Office of Adolescent Health.

Read her full profile from the Milwaukee Business Journal
Wallace Foundation asking for input on desired outcomes of K-12 education, after school programs
The Wallace Foundation is conducting market research to better understand your opinions about trends relating to desired outcomes of K-12 education and afterschool programs. Your thoughts and perspective would be valuable to the research.

This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be strictly confidential and not be attributed to you or your organization. You can find the survey here.
Teens' social media use: How they connect & what it means for health
The Pew Research Center regularly conducts surveys on technology use in the United States, and collects data on adolescents' social media use. 
  • Teens connect via mobile. According to a Pew survey conducted during 2014 and 2015,  94 percent of teens who go online using a mobile device do so daily.
  • Teens use multiple social platforms. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are the most popular, and 71 percent of teens say they use more than one social media site.
  • Teens' social media use differs by gender. Boys report going on Facebook most often; while girls are more likely than boys to use visually-oriented platforms such as Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram.
  • Teens share a lot of their personal information. A survey of over 600 teens from 2012 found that nearly all shared their real name and photos of themselves, and most shared their school name, birthdate, and the city or town where they lived.
  • Teens use social media for romance too. Another 2015 Pew report on the role of technology in teen romantic relationships notes that half of teens say they've used Facebook or other social networking sites to express romantic interest in someone, and many use these sites to display their romantic relationships.
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In This Issue
PPI Spotlight: Jeff Roman
Nonprofits can apply for free IT services through UWM
The brain science behind raising the tobacco buying age to 21
Milwaukee Christian Center Project Director, Arleta Cobb, highlighted in 40 Under 40 list
Wallace Foundation asking for input on desired outcomes of K-12 education, after school programs
Teens' social media use: How they connect & what it means for health
Event Announcements
ASK: MENTAL HEALTH HELP
Various
Milwaukee, WI
What do you know about mental health? Are you or a loved one feeling hopeless or overwhelmed? ASK: Access, Support and Knowledge is a free series on mental health help that will present information on signs and symptoms, advocacy, and where to turn for help in facing issues involving mental illness. More information available here.

THE CHALLENGES & STRENGTHS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AGING OUT OF THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM
June 23, 8:30-12:30pm
Milwaukee, WI
More information available here. Registration is required.

HOP FACILITATOR TRAINING
May 5, 8:30-3pm
Brown Deer, WI
WISE is offering a free one-day facilitator training for Honest, Open, Proud Adult and Youth versions. More information can be found here.

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.
         Brighter Futures
 

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