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Training Opportunities

Building Resiliency Through Employment
Unemployment is a challenge facing young people throughout the United States, but data reveal low-income youth and young people of color have disproportionately borne the effects. On Oct. 13, 2015, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in collaboration with Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG) will present "Preventing Youth Violence and Building Resiliency Through Employment: Resources for Local Communities."

This Webinar will look at resources that can be leveraged for at-risk and disconnected youth. By the end of the session, participants will be able to 1) identify tools and resources that support employment activities for disconnected youth, 2) increase understanding of effective elements and practices of a youth employment program, 3) increase understanding of federal policies that support employment strategies at the local level, and 4) develop effective tactics and strategies to engage the business community.

Speakers include Andy Moore, director of Youth and Young Adult Connections; Jennifer Kemp, youth policy team leader at the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; and Dorothy Stoneman, president of YouthBuild. DSG Senior Advisor Jack Calhoun will moderate the discussion.

Evaluating Truancy Reduction Programs
Truancy program managers, school and court staff, and community members can assess the effectiveness of their truancy reduction efforts at "Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance." The 1½ day session will start Oct. 5 in Denver, Colo.

Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness and Response
Hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this 3½ day training looks at issues around child sex trafficking cases, including the scope of the problem, state and federal considerations, interviewing, and coordinating services.

Global Youth Justice Training Institute
Global Youth Justice will host its 12th Training Institute, Dec. 1–3, in Las Vegas, Nev. Sessions will teach strategies to establish and enhance juvenile justice diversion programs through youth and peer courts and juries.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) for Officers
Defining the school community as those who shape it—teachers, students, administrators, and parents—this week-and-a-half-long G.R.E.A.T. training beginning Dec. 7 will teach officers to effectively interact with the school system and community.

Trends in Child Welfare
This presentation, led by the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, will discuss positive trends in children's mental health, crime, bullying, and abuse. Reasons behind the trends will be explored, as well as related policy implications. Join the Webinar on Dec. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. (CST).