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Conferences and Meetings

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) sponsors and participates in a number of conferences and meetings designed to assist faith-based and community organizations in serving America's youth. They include the following events and others that may be found through OJJDP's Calendar of Events.

Navigating the Federal Funding Process: Accessing and Sustaining Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations

In 2008, OJJDP sponsored two conferences for faith-based and community organizations on accessing and sustaining resources—the first, in March in Philadelphia, PA, and the second, in April in Los Angeles, CA. The conferences featured financial experts, who advised faith-based and community organizations on how identify resources and develop an infrastructure to financially sustain themselves. Speakers included David Eisner, Corporation for National and Community Service; Jedd Medefind, White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives; Patricia Heaton, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation; Alan Autry, Mayor, Fresno, CA; Rev. Dr. Wilson Goode, Sr., Amachi; and Rev. Herbert H. Lusk II, People for People, Inc.

Mobilizing New Mentors…Through Faith- and Community-Based Collaborations

In September 2006, in New Orleans, LA, the National Network of Youth Ministries, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, hosted Mobilizing New Mentors…Through Faith- and Community-Based Collaborations.

Navigating the Federal Funding Process: Federal Grants Application Training

Conducted in New Orleans, LA, in May 2006, and in Miami, FL, in June 2005, these OJJDP-sponsored training seminars promote understanding of Federal grant, contract, and peer review processes. The training was developed through OJJDP's Accessing Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations Initiative.

Faith-Based Initiative on Gang Reduction

In May 2005, OJJDP convened a meeting of more than 50 faith leaders and representatives of Federal agencies in Washington, DC. Participants discussed programs and strategies of the faith-based community that have proven effective in countering gang activity. They identified challenges to faith-based organizations in carrying out gang prevention programs, noted existing programs that can be directed toward gang prevention or intervention, and examined how faith-based organizations can work most effectively with OJJDP to counter gang activity. A major focus of the meeting was to inform OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program pilot sites about faith-based approaches to gang reduction that might be applicable in their communities. Representatives from the pilot sites, and their related training/technical assistance and evaluation partners were in attendance.

National Faith-Based Mentoring Forum

Sponsored by the National Network of Youth Ministries, the National Faith-based Mentoring Forum, was held in Washington, DC, in May 2005. The forum focused on training and included interactive roundtable discussions, and opportunities for networking.

Partnering to Prevent Truancy: A National Priority

Cosponsored by OJJDP and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Partnering To Prevent Truancy: A National Priority drew over 700 participants to Washington, DC in December 2004. The conference focused on community, court, and school programs that rely on interagency cooperation to prevent truancy and community and faith-based organizations in addressing truancy. Luncheon speaker Tony Evans, Th.D., Founder and President of The Urban Alternative, addressed attendees, and the conference closed with remarks from Wintley Phipps, M.Div., Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc.

A workshop on Faith-Based Truancy Prevention offered presentations by Janie Cook, Executive Director, Baptist Child and Family Services in Texas, Cynthia Gordon, Truancy Specialist of WorldVision in Washington and Christopher Troy, President, Boston Urban Youth Foundation. Other community based workshops included Strong Community Partnerships To Reduce Truancy, Law Enforcement and Community-Based Solutions for Truancy Reduction.

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