Issue 6-27  
                 January 9, 2017 
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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay Wageman
Prevention Services Manager, Public Policy Institute
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Light and Unite RED campaign to shine a spotlight on teen substance use facts January 23-29

During National Drug & Alcohol Fact Awareness Week, join us in a conversation about substance use, help us prevent addiction and provide hope that recovery is possible.  Light & Unite RED is led by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) and the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP)

Visit the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Facebook page each day January 23-29 for posts you can share to spread the word.  

The Light & Unite RED campaign in Milwaukee has created downloadable video news releases and fact sheets that you can share.  Visit for more information and contact Nzinga Khalid at or (414) 257-7944 to get involved.
New Year, Fresh Start offers expungements for youth on MLK Day

As part of Project JRAP, Legal Action will be signing up public housing youth who have municipal tickets, meeting with them to determine if they are eligible for expungements, pulling and correcting criminal background reports, as well as other grant related representation. We will also have job readiness and financial literacy resources for youth.

The New Year, Fresh Start Youth Resource Fair will be held on MLK Day, Monday, January 16 from 9am to 4:30pm at Parklawn YMCA.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Wisconsin tobacco prevention plan recognized for LGBT inclusion
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The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (WI TPCP) recently received an A in LGBT HealthLink's second state report card for LGBT inclusion. Wisconsin improved its grade from a C in 2014. The report evaluated state programs on seven criteria, with Wisconsin netting top scores in each area.

The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance has been a leader in promoting LGBTQ inclusion thanks to strong support from WI TPCP since 2014, when the LGBTQ Work Group formed to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment. Since then the group has continued to partner with local agencies including Diverse & Resilient, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, UWM LGBT Resource Center, ARCW and Milwaukee Pride. The work group is raising awareness to the higher rates of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community, most recently through a partnership with the UWM LGBT Resource Center to produce a PSA that will be shown at their annual Drag Show on February 18th at 7pm at the Milwaukee Theater.

If you would like more information or would like to join the LGBTQ Tobacco Prevention Work Group, please email Anneke or   click here to visit our Facebook page .
Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition - January 19

The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) Coalition is brings together resources, wisdom, talents, and passion to create a happy and healthy community.  Our focuses are preventing teen marijuana use and prescription drug overdoses.

How can you support efforts to prevent teen drug use in Milwaukee?  Join the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) meeting on January 19 from 12pm-2:30pm at Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N 27th St, Milwaukee.  

Click here to RSVP by January 12.
Overcoming Racism - February 7
Marquette University Mission Week

Remember Bree Newsome, the filmmaker, musician, speaker and activist that climbed the flagpole to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds?  She and Rev. Jim Wallis will speak to their deeply personal calls to action in overcoming racism ingrained in American society and their shared beliefs that America was founded by the near genocide of one people and the enslavement of another; that rooted into the founding documents of our nation is the notion that white lives matter more than others.  

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET BY January 31.   Click here  for more information, then scroll down to February 7 events.

Independent Living Policy CoordinatorMadison

Are you looking to make a big impact in 2017? Join the Bureau of Youth Services at the Department of Children and Families as we work to make sure all youth have the tools to thrive in adulthood. The Independent Living Policy Coordinator is an advanced level position responsible for developing and implementing policies to improve the outcomes for youth in and aging out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  

DEADLINE JANUARY 18th.   View the full position online.
Recreation Coordinator 

The Recreation Coordinator II is responsible for the oversight of Twilight Centers, Midnight Basketball leagues, and Wellness programming.   Major responsibilities include supervision of full-time personnel, budget management, program development and evaluation, as well as the formation of community partnerships to enhance programming.   The ideal candidate has a deep investment in the Milwaukee community and a vision for making MPS C.A.R.E.S. a game-changer in meeting the needs of Milwaukee's children and families.

DEADLINE JANUARY 27th.  View the full position online.

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