Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
September 25, 2017
Issue 6-41

Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Please email me to keep me informed   of your upcoming events, job opportunities, grant availability, and other activities. Your ideas and feedback are always welcome.

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 



Spotlight On: 
Stay Strong MKE 
2018 Funding Opportunity

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is pleased to announce that we will soon release the Request for Proposals for the Stay Strong MKE Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention grant for 2018.

Milwaukee Prevention Journal subscribers will receive a separate email as soon as the RFP is released.

Stay Strong MKE  projects prevent alcohol and other drug use and misuse among youth by embodying the principles of Positive Youth Development and using a trauma-informed approach to programming implementation.

PPI will allocate approximately $250,000 in 2018 based on this competitive RFP bidding process. We estimate that we will fund 10 projects.

"Alcohol and other substance use disorders devastate too many lives, too many families and too many neighborhoods," said Elysse Chay, PPI Prevention Manager. "Stay Strong MKE projects equip young people with the knowledge and skills to resist peer pressure and develop healthier coping mechanisms to overcome life's challenges."

You Can Prevent Suicide

It isn't easy to talk about suicidal thoughts and feelings, even during National Suicide Prevention Month. That's why we were so moved by this powerful new song from Logic, "1-800-273-8255," first performed at the 2017 VMAs. The title is the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the song begins from the perspective of someone calling that number for help. The VMA performance with Alessia Cara and Khalid also featured those who survived suicide crises. Share this video widely.


In addition, note that Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is offering a new round of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training throughout the rest of 2017 for those who are interested in learning the warning signs of a suicide crisis.  The 90-minute sessions will be led by a certified trainer from  Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee  on:
  • Wednesday, October 11: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6: 10:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The QPR sessions are free of charge to PPI's Brighter Futures/PHAT grantees, MCSAP coalition members, the 53206 Drug-Free Community Coalition, Partnership for Success partners, City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance members, and Prevention Journal readers. 

For details about the sessions, email Jeffery Roman at or Dr. Bob Dubois at

The sessions will be held in Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's 2nd Floor conference room, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. This training may be difficult for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. 

Menthol Sales Restricted in Minneapolis

Members of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance have been raising awareness locally about the dangers posed by menthol tobacco products, including the fact that menthol is more addictive than regular tobacco, making it harder to quit. But Minneapolis has taken the step of restricting who can sell menthol, mint, and wintergreen tobacco products in the city to tobacco shops and off-sale liquor stores. Now, these products can be found in just 47 retail outlets instead of 318. That's a smart way to change the environment to improve public health.


Save the Date
Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
March 8, 2018
Special Guest Richard Rothstein, Author,  The Color of Law

We know it's early, but we wanted to share this special news.

On March 8, 2018, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will celebrate our 10th anniversary with a special night at the Milwaukee Public Museum. 

Our anniversary event will feature keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated AmericaIn addition, Rothstein will sign his book, which will be available for sale, and meet special guests that evening.

Guests will also enjoy private, after-hours access to the Milwaukee Public Museum's recently renovated Streets of Old Milwaukee, one of our city's treasures, and will hear from Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum.

We'll send you more details as the date approaches. Until then, save the date for our 10th Anniversary Celebration: March 8, 2018.

Community Conversation about Tobacco Marketing to Youth
Saturday, November 4

The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and partners are hosting this community conversation about how tobacco products are being marketed to young people in Milwaukee. The conversation builds on the work tobacco advocates are doing to identify and analyze how retailers are selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in a variety of Milwaukee neighborhoods. The Alliance would like to hear from you as well as share their information about the easy availability of tobacco to young people, including the sad fact that in Wisconsin, 2,900 youth become regular smokers each year.

The conversation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 4, at Employ Milwaukee, 2338 N. 27th Street in Milwaukee. Lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend.  To reserve your spot, register here. 


Coalition News
Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network
11th Annual FUN! Family Unity Night
Thursday, October 12

Celebrate the importance of family communication through sit-down family dinners. The Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network offers this opportunity to youth-serving agencies on Thursday, October 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street. Bring some of the families you serve to our 11th Annual Family Unity Night dinner; the agency only pays a $50 fee. 

This event is supported by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Brighter Futures participants. 

Questions? Email Jody Rhodes at Neu-Life Development Center. 

Youth Justice Milwaukee
Coalition Meeting
Thursday, October 19

Join the movement to improve our juvenile justice system. The next    Youth Justice Milwaukee Coalition    meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Urban Underground, 4850 W. Fond du Lac Avenue. 

To RSVP, email .

And don't forget to support the coalition's efforts by signing their online petition to Gov. Scott Walker to bring our youth home from Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. 


Request for Feedback
MKE Elevate 
Community Health Improvement Plan

The City of Milwaukee's MKE Elevate is a community-driven agenda for elevating the health and well-being of Milwaukeeans. Mayor Tom Barrett and the city's Health Department asked for Milwaukee residents to weigh in one that they see as the city's most pressing health issues and to visually identify healthy and unhealthy aspects of city life More than 3,000 people responded. Now, those responses have been compiled and analyzed in the just-released draft of the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan, which identifies three priority areas: economic security, inclusive and fair society, and positive mental health. 

The city is asking for the public's review and comments through September 30. Go to the city's website to learn more about this initiative. The final report will be released in October.


Nominations Sought
YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin Awards

As part of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin's December 6 event, An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, the organization is seeking nominations for two awards. The Empowering Women Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering women in Southeast Wisconsin through their volunteer or paid work, advocacy, and leadership. The Eliminating Racism Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to eliminating racism in Southeast Wisconsin through their volunteer or paid work, advocacy, and leadership. 

Nominations are due October 1. For more information and to access the nomination forms, check out the YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin's website

The honorees will be recognized at An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, December 6, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Keynote presented is Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Tickets go on sale November 1. 


NAMI Greater Milwaukee 
38th Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner & Benefit Auction
Wednesday, October 4

At its 38th annual dinner, NAMI Greater Milwaukee will honor its 2017 CIT Officer of the Year Officer James Knapinski, Community Partners of the Year MIRACLE Network and Public Allies Milwaukee, Volunteers of the Year Eva McCrossin and Garan Chivinski, and Advocate of the Year Anita Abraham, as well as feature stories of hope and recovery with the assistance of Ex Fabula. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 4, at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Dinner, awards presentations and stories to follow at 7 p.m. Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, September 27, at

Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association 22nd Annual Conference
October 11-13

The Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association provides state of the art training and education to assist and enhance service delivery for professionals in the field of Juvenile Justice as well as others who work with juveniles. Its annual conference will count for 15 hours of re-certification credits for detention workers and law enforcement officers. Featured topics at the conference are trauma-informed care, human trafficking, and teen sex trafficking. 

The conference will be held Wednesday, October 11, through Friday, October 13, at the Chula Vista Conference Center and Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Early bird deadline for $160 for all three days is before September 27. Deadline for room reservations is September 30. Check out the details on WJDA's website.

2017 Fall Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Forum
Friday, October 13

Sponsored by the Wisconsin FASD Coalition and Orchids FASD Services of Wisconsin, this conference includes a keynote presentation by Doug Waite, M.D., Medical Director of the Keith Haring Clinic at Children's Village, New York, as well as a panel of families and caregivers, a response from professionals who will suggest creative solutions and provide information on resources, and a networking lunch. 

The forum will be held on Friday, October 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 America Parkway, Madison. Cost is $60, which includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, and afternoon snack. Scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by October 9. You'll find the full details on Orchids FASD Services of Wisconsin's website

Youth as Partners in 
Civic Leadership Conference
October 27-29

The mission of the Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference (YPCL)  Love Empowers Action is to advance youth voice in Wisconsin by increasing the capacity for youth and adults to share civic leadership in local communities, schools and organizations. This conference is for teams of up to 10 adults and high school students who share decision-making roles in Wisconsin communities, schools and organizations. (The preferred ratio is four youth to one adult.) Focus topics include youth justice, intersectionality, healthy relationships, bullying and harassment, mental health, underserved communities, gender, and more. 

The conference, sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension, will be held the weekend of October 27 through 29 at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells. Estimated cost: $120, including meals and lodging. You can find more information and register here.


Training Scholarships Available
Midwest Academy 
Scholarships Available

Here's a novel way to reduce your costs for one of Midwest Academy's trainings in social justice: Enter their 2017 Photo Contest. It's quick and easy. Just send them a great picture of an action that your organization coordinated in the last year, and you'll be entered to win a scholarship for the training sessions of your choice. Winning submissions will be displayed at the Midwest Academy's Annual Academy Awards on December 13, shown on social media, and their literature.

The first-place winners will receive three $500 scholarships for trainings; second place will receive on $500 scholarship; and third place will earn one $500 scholarship. Midwest Academy offers three training courses: Organizing for Social Change, Advanced Strategy Retreat, and Supervising Organizers Workshop.

Photos of actions and events that draw attention to your campaign and have a clear message are the best. Please send high resolution photos. Signs and good visuals help. Pro tip: Include the name of your organization is visible in the photo. To submit your entry, send your picture, with a caption explaining the action, to by September 29. Scholarships must be used within 12 months of the date the winners are notified.


Job Opportunities
Elysse Chay
CA-PPI Prevention Services Manager
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233  |  414-270-6936