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Baltimore Chosen for National Summit
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has decided on Baltimore, Md., pending conference cost approval, as the site of the Fifth National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, to take place June 27–29. The May issue of the Forum newsletter will provide further details.

Equal Justice Initiative Scores $1 Million Google Grant to Build Civil Rights Landmarks
Google has given Bryan Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative a $1 million grant to support the death row defense attorney, social justice advocate, and wordsmith in his efforts to create civil rights landmarks such as the nation’s first lynching memorial and markers at sites where lynchings took place.

“I think what’s exciting about what EJI is doing is that at a national level it is really trying to tell the untold history around race in this country and help people develop a deeper understanding for the narrative around race and how we have gotten to where we are,” said Justin Steele, a principal.

Stevenson, of course, led the first day of the OJJDP–sponsored Youth Violence Prevention Communities of Practice Fall Convening last November in Baltimore, Md., delivering an enthralling personal history.

Training Opportunities

Public Health Assn. Airing Webinars on Lead Exposure in Flint, Mich., and Elsewhere
The American Public Health Association has begun a three-part Webinar series, The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond. The first Webinar of the series, “Flint and Lead: The Water-Public Health Connection,” aired March 16 and is now available, here, for consumption.

The second Webinar in the series, “Public Health Authority Over Drinking Water Quality,” is scheduled for April 5, at 1 p.m. EDT. Mona Hanna–Attisha, M.D., MPH, FAAP, and William Piermattei, J.D., will present. The third Webinar, “Working Together to Address Lead Exposure in Our Communities,” is scheduled for the week of April 25, with David E. Jacobs, Ph.D., CIH, presenting.

APHA has not yet released a registration link for these two presentations, though you may contact the organization at 202.777.2742 or check its Web site.

Defending Childhood to Host Webinar on Safety Tips for New Young Mothers
Defending Childhood, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Futures Without Violence are hosting a Webinar, “Expanding Healthy Moms/Happy Babies: Spotlight on Our New Young Mothers Safety Card.”

The Webinar takes place April 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. To register, click here.

Funding Opportunities

Education Dept. Invites Applications for 2016 Physical Education Grants
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the fiscal year 2016 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant competition. The notice inviting applications appears in the March 21 Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 54. The PEP grants provide funding to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must carry out programs that help students make progress toward meeting state physical education standards.

This FY2016 notice contains one absolute priority, three competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority. The deadline for submitting applications is May 20. For more on the grant, visit here.

Reports, Guidelines, and Briefs

Model Programs Guide Refreshes Lit Reviews on Risk, Protective Factors
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide recently updated two literature reviews, Risk Factors for Delinquency and Protective Factors Against Delinquency.

Urban Institute Releases Report on Health Outcomes of Gay and Bisexual Youth Engaging in Survival Sex
The Urban Institute has put out another report on LGBTQ youths who engage in sex to meet basic survival needs, this one called Access to Safety: Health Outcomes, Substance Use and Abuse, and Service Provision for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW. With three of the authors who shared a byline on the Urban Institute report on the same population's interactions with law enforcement noted in last month’s Forum newsletter, this report describes the substance use habits, the experiences with service providers, and the physical, mental, and sexual health issues of LGBTQ youths, young men who have sex with men, and young women who have sex with women.

The report finds that most youths protect themselves from harm by using protection against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy and by visiting providers for both health and nonhealth services. However, most youths surveyed for the report said service providers did not meet their needs, including employment assistance and short- and long-term housing. Youths who had reached their majority had even greater difficulty accessing these services

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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. 2014–MU–MU–K021 with Development Services Group, Inc. The views, opinions, and content of this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of OJJDP.