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Save the Dates: National Summit Slotted for June 27–29
The Fifth National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention has been targeted for June 27–29—a Monday, a Tuesday, and a Wednesday. Details are forthcoming.

Funding Opportunities

Agriculture Dept., Dairy Council, NFL Make $35M Available to Schools for Healthier Meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—in conjunction with the National Dairy Council, and the NFL—is making $35 million in grants available to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure to offer students better access to nutritious foods.

Though more than 30 million children rely on the USDA’s National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program for one or two meals a day, most schools lack at least one piece of equipment needed to serve healthier foods. The funds are earmarked for helping schools purchase additional equipment to help them meet updated national nutrition standards and serve healthy meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and lowfat dairy, and with less sodium and fat.

Schools interested in learning more about these grants should visit USDA’s Web page on NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants.

Training Opportunities

Public Health Approach Webinar, March 2

The National Forum, Community-Based Violence Prevention, and Defending Childhood sites are invited to a March 2 Webinar on the public health approach to violence prevention, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Neil Rainford and Reshma Mahendra from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will present on CDC's violence prevention initiatives and the fundamentals of implementing a public health approach to preventing youth violence. Register here.

Register to Attend Dual Status Youth and Probation System Reform Symposiums
The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, is hosting two upcoming events in Boston, Mass.:
  • On April 5–6, the inaugural “Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children” will provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary, youth-serving professionals to learn, network, and become part of the nationwide movement to improve outcomes for dual-status youth. Register here.

  • On April 7–8, “Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives” will concentrate on improving probation system performance and outcomes for youths managed and overseen by juvenile probation departments and court systems. Register here.
Apply for Youth in Custody Certificate Program Being Accepted

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy is accepting applications for its Youth in Custody Certificate Program, to be held May 9–13, in Washington, D.C. Leaders working in juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education, and other related systems that serve youth in the custody of the juvenile justice system are invited to apply. Apply here by March 18.

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The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Newsletter is prepared under Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Cooperative Agreement No. 2012–MU–FX–K009 with Development Services Group, Inc. The views, opinions, and content of this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of OJJDP.