Archive for November, 2007

Professional Developmant

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

STEP UP TO LEADERSHIP   …in after-school and summer programs.
 Get in on the ground floor of a national movement to develop leaders in the growing field of after-school and summer learning by earning a graduate certificate in Out-of-School-Time Learning from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. 
There is still time to apply for the January 2008 inaugural class.

 This 15-credit certificate may be taken as a stand-alone, post-baccalaureate program or may be combined with another JHU graduate certificate program to complete a master’s degree in education.

 Classes are a combination of in-person and online, requiring up to 15 in-person campus visits over the year. Face-to-face classes will be held on Saturdays.

 Application deadline: Dec. 10
To learn more about the program, contact Jennifer Brady at or click below:


Youth Crime Forum

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Public Forum on Youth Crime, Delinquency & Gang Prevention
When: December 4, 2007 from 10a.m.-noon
Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Trenton,212 Centre Street, Trenton


The second in an annual public forum series bringing state and local leaders together in a Boys & Girls Club to discuss key issues related to youth. This forum will focus on the importance of community wide involvement in the development and implementation of successful delinquency prevention strategies.


There are 24 Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey (BGCNJ) operating 60 sites serving more than 116,000 youth ages 5-18. These clubs are vital to the families they serve and the communities in which they operate. The clubs are initiating these public forums in order to take a leadership role in encouraging public discussion about how we can better serve NJ youth who are in need of positive alternatives and other youth development services and engage community partners in a coordinated effort to address the critical needs in our communities. Secondarily, BGCNJ is interested in bringing state leaders and members of local communities into its club facilities to provider a closer look at how clubs are positioned to deliver proven effective prevention programming.


Panelist: -Lisa Thornton, Chief of Staff, NJ Attorney General – Confirmed -Connie Ludwin, BGCNJ – Confirmed -State Legislator with demonstrated interest in delinquency/gang prevention (Shirley Turner) -University representative TBD -Wendy Galloway, State Police Gang Prevention Unit – Confirmed -Local Community Leader (e.g. County Prosecutor, Mercer Co. Justice Coord., Community Action Org. leader etc.) Moderator: Joe Basikia, Co-anchor, CN8 Invitees: -NJ Community Prevention Coordinator -County and Municipal Youth Service Commission members -Municipal Alliance members -County Prosecutors/Justice Coordinators -Board of Education members -Law enforcement associations -Community based organizations -PTA representatives -Boys & Girls Club professional and volunteer leadership -Leadership New Jersey graduates/fellows -Families -Corporations/Foundations and the business community at large -State and local media

This event is free but you need to register @


Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Partnering with Police:Profiles of Gang Prevention & Youth Safety Strategies

December 5, 2007
2:00–3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Issues of youth violence and increased gang activity have become a challenge for many communities across the country.  Youth service providers have made strides in understanding warring gangs and connecting youth to effective social services that fill the gap of unmet needs.  Although successful, these strategies have had limited impact.  Neighborhoods are still plagued by rising crime rates among youth and a continued concern around juvenile arrests and incarceration.  Our webcast experts will discuss their innovative strategies that go beyond traditional programming as they partnered with the community to reduce crime in the inner cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Los Angeles, California. 

This webcast discussion will highlight the successful strategies of two community organizations who have led collaborations that effectively address issues of gang and street violence among youth.  Join us live as our experts discuss their role in crafting policies, practices and partnerships with law enforcement, the public school system and additional community non-profits.  By the end of this discussion, participants will learn about the planning and design of programming, implementation of strategies, and lessons learned from two organizations that have been recognized and awarded for their successful prevention and intervention work with youth. 


? Teny Gross, Executive Director
Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence – Providence, RI
? Mark Wilson, Executive Director
Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) – Los Angeles, CA


? Mona Mangat, Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Community Safety Initiative (CSI) – New York, NY

Who should attend?

? CDC executive directors, staff, board members
? Child welfare agency staff, youth service providers
? Police officers and other law enforcement

To join our webcast on the day of the event please  CLICK HERE
Or Call:
Toll free: +1 (877) 213-1782
Participant code: 564811
For more information on this session or how to register, please visit:

Special Needs

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

This is for all of you that call with questions on inclusion in your afterschool programs! 

 Opening the Door to Inclusion in Afterschool

 When:Tuesday Dec.4, 2007

          11:00 AM to 1:00PM

Where:Learning Resource Center, Dayton NJ

Sponsored by the MAP to Inclusive Child Care Team

Please RSVP 
or call 609-292-8444

What is the role of the afterschool program to provide for children with special needs? Who is responsible for paying for services? Who is required to follow the Individual Education Plan (IEP)? 

Mary Ciccone from NJ Protection and Advocacy will join us in a discussion of the rights of children with special needs and the responsibilities of afterschool programs. Starting with the legal definitions of IDEA*, ADA*, 504* and LAD*, we will discuss how these laws apply to afterschool programs depending on the sponsoring organization and location of the program. Afterschool providers are invited to attend this dialogue with the MAP Team.

  (*Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination)


The Souper Bowl of Caring

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

 As you strat your planning for December and January-here is a wonderful event for the afterschool youth to participate in, THE SOUPER BOWL OF CARING.
 Let NJSACC know if your program is participating!
Please share this opportunity.

Engage students of all ages in addressing hunger and poverty in their local communities, while linking them to a national youth-led movement!  Souper Bowl of Caring is a simple Season of Service project that’s transforming Super Bowl Weekend into a movement of giving and service.   Participation will not only inspire your youth and community, but will also make your school a National School of Caring.  Schools across the country participate in Souper Bowl of Caring during the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday (January 28-February 1, 2008).

 It’s Easy!

   1. Register today at  to receive your FREE Resource Kit which includes an educational DVD, posters, stickers and more!
   2. Learn & Collect.

Tie the study of hunger and poverty to some area of the curriculum, organize a service project and collection of money, canned goods or other items for a nonprofit in your community that provides direct services to those in need.

   3. Report your total to Souper Bowl of Caring so your amounts can be added to the national tally.
   4. Donate 100% to the nonprofit of your choice and see what a difference one group can make!

Challenge Students to Explore Questions like:

    * Why are people hungry and homeless in our community?
    * How can we help?
    * What are some organizations we can partner with to meet important community needs and influence real change?

In 2007, through the Souper Bowl of Caring, over 14,000 groups and an estimated 140,000 youth united to generate more than $8 million in donations to help their neighbors in need.  

Visit us on the web today at to register and learn more!  

Sheree Muse, Director of School Relations

Souper Bowl of Caring

302 Berkshire Dr.

Columbia, SC  29223

Phone 803-788-3746