Issue 6-33  
                 June 19, 2017 
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Spotlight On: The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth

"We're excited about our efforts to help young people live healthy, drug- and alcohol-free lives," said Kari Lerch, Deputy Director of the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. "We're doing just that by building the capacity of local coalitions aimed at supporting the next generation of prevention leaders."

In addition to her duties at PPI, Lerch is the Southeastern Regional Prevention Center Director for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) , a statewide network of coalitions, individuals, and resources devoted to preventing substance abuse and behavioral health concerns. 

AWY, like the many other prevention-focused coalitions PPI participates in, focuses on stopping a negative situation from ever taking place, and therefore such approaches are often highly cost-effective and better for individuals at risk of developing a substance use issue. After all, if we can deter one person from ever using harmful substances in the first place, we will prevent that individual from becoming addicted to them and potentially risking their lives and wellbeing, damaging their relationships, and tearing at the fabric of our communities.

The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute administers the AWY Southeast Region, which includes the counties of Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Kenosha -- and it's very active.

In April, members of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) attended an AWY Youth Summit in East Troy to learn more about the importance of preventing drug, tobacco, and alcohol use among youth. Members committed to working on outreach efforts, including a sticker shock campaign, a public service announcement, and social media messages to support prevention.

"I'm confident that these young leaders will have a positive impact on their schools and neighborhoods," Lerch said.

The Youth Summit was directed by the training agency Leading to Change , which encouraged attendees to build their leadership skills and find unique ways to work together. You can see just how much fun the group had in this Leading to Change-produced video of the summit.

Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Leadership Summit 2017
Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Leadership Summit 2017

#TobaccoFreePride Launches

With the help of RuPaul Drag Race Season 9 contestant and Milwaukee native Jaymes Mansfield, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance launched a new #TobaccoFreePride video series   . A diverse group of LGBTQ Milwaukeeans -- including performers, an athlete, and a family -- are sharing their stories in videos highlighting their   #TobaccoFreePride .

#TobaccoFreePride with Jaymes Mansfield

The Alliance also hosted a table in the Health and Wellness area of PrideFest Milwaukee, which created three nonsmoking areas for nonsmokers, ex-smokers, and those trying to quit. Anneke Mohr, the Alliance's coordinator, notes that the LGBTQ community smokes at roughly twice the rate of the general public due to tobacco industry targeting, coping with discrimination, and social spaces that provide easy access to tobacco. 

And the habit starts quite young. In Wisconsin, three times as many LGB+ youth smoked before their 13th birthday compared to heterosexual youth. The disparity continues through adulthood. We encourage you to tell your quit story on social media via  #TobaccoFreePride .  

"Don't Fall for the Lean"
H2O teamed up with Safe & Sound     to create  "Don't Fall for the Lean" to address the dangers of drinking Lean, a street cocktail made from prescription cough syrup (codeine or promethazine) mixed with soda and candy. They worked with Lad Lake Synergy High School students to create a message about the drug and how becoming an addict can destroy your life. The video highlights their tremendous talent and dedication to spreading the word about the dangers of Lean. Check it out and share it widely.

Pulling Together for Peace and Solutions
Saturday, July 15

53206 Drug-Free Communities Project is partnering with Safe & Sound to host Pulling Together for Peace & Solutions. This will be a follow up to the Pulling Together for Peace in December 2016. In addition to a Town Hall for attendees, the event will include breakout sessions and resources about housing, employment, health, and safety. Food will be served and childcare will be provided. 

More details are to come, but please mark your calendars for  July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Juneteenth Day Celebration
Monday, June 19

S top by the Youth Voice Stage at this year's Juneteenth Celebration, where you'll hear some of Milwaukee's brightest talent perform, beginning at noon. Join Running Rebels, Dreamchasers, Wisconsin Community Services, and Safe & Sound from 1 to 4 p.m., when the Youth Voice Stage will feature a dunk exhibition, basketball clinic, dad/daughter two-ball, mother-son two-ball, hip-hop and singing, poetry and spoken word, music by DJ RC, and free food until it's gone. Location: Rose Park, corner of Chambers and MLK Drive. Come early to sign up for the events.

PHAT: Promoting Health Among Teens
July 11-August 10

The Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT) program teaches youth ages 11-17 about puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, and making healthy choices, all with a strong emphasis on abstinence. Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m., from Tuesday, July 11, through Thursday, August 10. Location: Milwaukee Christian Center, 807 S. 14th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204. The program is free; bus cards are available and food will be served at every session. For more information, contact Arleta Slaughter. Sponsored by the 

Support and Celebrate 
the Amani Neighborhood

Help to strengthen and celebrate one of Milwaukee's greatest neighborhoods this month. On Friday, June 27, a host of community organizations will sponsor Amani Community Days from 3 to 5 p.m. Meet on the corner of 27th Street and Auer Avenue to learn about vital resources and summer programs, eat good food, and have fun. 

In addition, the resident-led Amani United's monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the COA Goldin Center Library, 2320 W. Burleigh St. 

The meeting, which is open to all neighborhood residents, will begin with dinner. Discuss neighborhood events, resource opportunities, become a community leader, and propose the changes you want to see in your neighborhood. For more information,
 contact or 414-444-9930.

How Do We Address the Rising Violence in Milwaukee?
Monday, June 26

The  Community Coalition 4 Quality Policing (CC4QP) and NAACP are offering two events featuring Michael Scott, Director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing and Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. At 12:15 p.m. on Monday, June 26, Scott will be interviewed by Mike Gousha as part of his "On the Issues" series at Marquette University Law School.  Register here; RSVP is required.

Later that day, Scott will participate in a town hall meeting and panel discussion with members of CC4QP, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. The town hall will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on June 26 at the  Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St. 
Methamphetamine Prevalence and Treatment Webinar
Wednesday, June 21

Part II of this series on methamphetamine is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, June 21. Presented by Michael McCann, Co-Founder of the Matrix Institute on Addictions and a creator of the Matrix Model, the webinar "Evidence-based Treatment Approaches for Methamphetamine Dependence" will cover current treatment approaches and examples of treatment implementation. Continuing Education Units will be offered for a $5 fee. For more information, go to  and to register. 

Prevent Connect Webinars:
Bystander Intervention and More
June 26-28

Prevent Connect , an online project sponsored by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), offers three informational webinars in June: "Bystander Intervention: Building the Evidence Base for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention" (Monday, June 26); "Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices" (Tuesday, June 27); and "Community Accountability for Safety: Building Capacity to Make Sexual and Domestic Violence a Community Responsibility" (Wednesday, June 28). Go to to register.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee: mentor2.0 Coordinator

This position implements the mentor2.0 program with fidelity to BBBS's established service delivery model while preparing students for high school graduation and a successful college experience. The mentor2.0 Coordinator utilizes a technology platform and web-based curriculum to facilitate weekly classroom sessions, oversees monthly face-to-face events, and supports the development of relationships of up to 100 mentoring matches, assuring they progress through program goals and curriculum benchmarks toward high-impact outcomes. The work of the mentor2.0 Coordinator is critical to providing first generation college-going students with the skills and resources that lead to college readiness and college success. You'll find more information on Jobs That Serve .

ACLU of Wisconsin: 
Staff Attorney

Facing the historic challenge of protecting and advancing civil liberties and civil rights in an era of new threats, the ACLU of Wisconsin is looking for a dynamic, creative, and thoughtful attorney who will focus on a range of civil liberties and civil rights issues using litigation and other advocacy strategies. This person will investigate and analyze civil liberties and civil rights violations, and devise and implement litigation and other approaches -- including policy advocacy, community education and organizing, and digital and media advocacy -- to address those violations. For more information, go to .

Milwaukee Christian Center: Classroom Assistant 
(AmeriCorps Position)

MCC's YouthBuild program is seeking an ambitious, service-minded person to be a Classroom Assistant AmeriCorps Member for the upcoming term (9/06/2017 to 8/31/2018). Duties include: tutor members who are working towards GED completion; assist members in their college and career exploration; coordinate community service and volunteer projects; Work with a team of two other full-time AmeriCorps members, 20 part-time AmeriCorps members, and six program staff. Candidates must be between the ages of 18-24. Full time (complete 1700 hours of service during program year), approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Stipend (translates to $10/hour) and education award upon successful completion of service. Email resume and cover letter to .

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