Wednesday, February 27, 2013

PRC Seeks to Sponsor Neighborhood Activities for Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month - Neighborhood Sponsorships The Children's Aid Society - NYC Prevention Resource Center is seeking to partner with local communities interested in hosting neighborhood outreach activities related to Alcohol Awareness Month.

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of the health and social problems that excessive alcohol consumption can cause for individuals, their families, and their communities.

The PRC will provide $1,000 to sponsor five (5) activities that will increase community awareness of the local risk factors associated with alcohol and underage drinking. Activities must be conducted in the month of April 2013.

Activities should focus on the issue of prevention of underage drinking or alcoholism. You must address issues related to the consumption, consequence, and/or retail access of alcohol. You must target local youth and/or adults within your community.

Recipients must partner with at least one additional local stakeholder in the planning and delivery of this event. These may include:

Youth Serving Organizations; Law Enforcement; Schools and Universities; Civic and Volunteer Organizations; Hospitals and Health Clinics; Local Businesses; or Faith based Institutions.

Who is Eligible to Receive Sponsorship?

Organizations currently recognized as OASAS funded prevention, treatment, or recovery providers are eligible to partner with the Prevention Resource Center.
501c3 organizations serving as the fiscal agent for a local Community Group. All groups must have an active relationship with the NYC Prevention Resource Center.

Important Dates

Application Released
February 27, 2013
Information Call  1-866-244-8528; Pass: 620952
March 6, 2013 from 2:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time
Application Deadline
Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 5:00pm Eastern Time
Award Notification
no later than Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Awareness Activities
April 1 through April 30th, 2013
Activity Summary Deadline
May 15th, 2013

Please submit all completed applications including budgets by Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00pm.

 Applications may be sent by:
Word Document or PDF file to:  Scott McLeod
Fax: 212-529-6762 (Attn: Scott McLeod)


1st Annual Gang and Gun Violence Symposium

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 36 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY 11205
RSVP, please call 718.250.2693

The purpose of the event is to give local residents and community-based organizations a chance to discuss the growing problems of youth and gang violence that continues to plague our community.  Also participants will get an opportunity to learn more about Project Re-Direct services and what they offer.
In addition, Project Re-Direct is seeking partnership in providing mentorship partners, one-on-one counseling, anger management counseling, job readiness & placement resources.

Please click on link for event and sponsorship information.

Project Re-Direct is an alternative sentencing program operated by the Gang Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  The program offers non-jail dispositions to male defendants between the ages of 14-22. 

The Misunderstood Youth Development Center's SAVE OUR YOUTH BENEFIT

Please join us as we honor individuals who made it possible for us to save lives, families, and communities through MYDC’s:

·         The Fresh Start Program

·         The Empowering Youth Program


Saturday, March 2, 2013

6 – 10pm

Thomasina’s Catering Hall

205-35 Linden Blvd.

St. Albans, NY  11412

Admission: $50 in advance and $55 at the door.  Payments can be made directly by clicking donate on our website or visit our Facebook page 

Checks can be mailed to MYDC, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room G-5, Kew Gardens, NY  11415

For more information, please contact Project Coordinator, Laura at 718.286.6769 or

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bushwick Community Board Hides Liquor License Info Illegally, State Says

Photo Credit: East Coast Development
Bushwick's Community Board 4 has been withholding liquor license applications and decisions from the public illegally, state officials said.

The neighborhood's board is the only known community board in the city that refuses to tell residents what businesses have applied for liquor licenses, has learned.

According to New York State officials, the board's refusal to share information violates the Freedom of Information Law and undermines the whole purpose of public community boards.

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Trends in Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages among Adolescents

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  • Between the early 2000s and 2011, the percentages of adolescents reporting exposure to drug or alcohol use prevention messages in the past year through media and school sources generally declined
  • In 2011, 40 percent of adolescents did not talk with their parents about the dangers of substance use, and one quarter did not receive prevention messages through media or school sources
  • Adolescents aged 12 to 14 were less likely than those aged 15 to 17 to have received prevention messages through media sources and to have talked with a parent about the dangers of substance use but were more likely to have received messages through school sources and to have participated in a substance use prevention program outside of school
    Data information available on National Survey on Drug Use and Health

    Facebook Steps into the Wine Business

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    Now that the holidays are over, Facebook has made Facebook Gifts available to all users.

    According to the company, you can instantly send real gifts, digital gift cards, charitable donations and wine to your friends right from Facebook.

    Catch that last item? Wine. For the first time, Facebook users will be able to send alcoholic beverages to one another using the service, so long as both sender and recipient are older
    than 21.

    Question of the week: what's your thoughts on purchasing alcohol on social media outlets such as Facebook? Will this create more problems than solutions to the underage population?

    Read more on: Press Democrat

    The Alcoholic-Cancer Link: Study Shows Even One Drink a Day Could Be Risky

    Even moderate alcohol use may substantially increase the risk of dying from cancer, according to a new study published online February 14 in the American Journal of Public Health. Alcohol use accounts for about 3.5 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths annually, according to the study. Most deaths seemed to occur among people who consumed more than three alcoholic drinks a day, but those who consumed 1.5 beverages daily may account for up to one-third of those deaths, the researchers found.

    Article Feature on

    Alcohol & Cancer Risk: A Guide for Health Professionals

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Best and Worst Times to Post to Social Media #Infographic

    Think of the Five Ws of journalism — Who? What? When? Where? Why? — when crafting a post and keep the WHEN top of mind. WHAT you post is of utmost importance, but you also need to plan WHEN to post it WHERE in order to reach the WHO you’d like to hook. When is your target community most likely to be tuned in and responsive? What’s the prime time to spark a conversation?
    The folks at Social Caffeine created this infographic to illustrate the best and worst times to post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+.

    Source: Social Caffeine
    Article Source: Sally Sisson Social

    CTG Year II: Alcohol in the College/University Environment RFP

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    The Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY), on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), is requesting proposals from colleges and universities for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) in the Division of Mental Hygiene, to facilitate learning and discussion about alcohol and its impact on communities in New York City. Details of the project and criteria for selection and submission documents in Word are included in the attached documents.

    Please reach out to Taghira Herrar ( if you have any contacts in academia that would be interested in pursuing this opportunity.

    Good Luck

    Click Here to View RFP
    Click Here to View Attachements

    NYPD Offers Prescription Drug-Abuse Presentations at Schools

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    Responding to a growing epidemic of students misusing and abusing prescription drugs, the New York City Police Department is reaching out to teachers, parents and community organizations to heighten awareness of the threat posed by the drugs, particularly painkillers.

    Prescription drugs are now the second most commonly used controlled substance among students in the city, after marijuana.

    The NYPD is conducting presentations at secondary schools and PTA meetings as part of its campaign, Prescription Drugs and Your Teenager, which it launched in late November.

    If you are interested in scheduling a presentation at your school or at your school’s PTA meeting, call 1-718-730-8550 or email

    For more information about the types of drugs involved in this epidemic and the dangers they pose, go to the NYPD website.

    Info. Source: United Federation of Teachers

    Doctors Often Don’t Ask Teen Patients About Drinking

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    Many doctors don’t ask their teenage patients about their drinking, a new study finds. A survey of 10th graders found that while more than 80 percent had seen a doctor in the past year, only 54 percent of them were asked about drinking, and 40 percent were advised about the dangers of alcohol.
    The survey of more than 2,500 teenagers was conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), MedicalXpress reports. Researchers found 34 percent of the teens said they drank alcohol in the past month. In the journal Pediatrics, lead author Ralph W. Hingson, ScD, MPH, reported 26 percent said they had binged, defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for males, and four or more for females.


    News Source: National Institutes of Health

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Here’s How a Simple Snapshot Could Change a Community

    photo courtesy: Belgrade Library
    Learn how the power of photographs can be used to change your community. The NYC Prevention Resource Center presents the Photovoice Interactive Seminar. During this seminar you will learn how images in your community can be transformed into powerful messages for community change.
    This interactive seminar will provide you with the opportunity to learn about Photovoice and conduct your own Photovoice project. We will also allow time to plan your own approach and determine its use in your community.

    To learn more, join us on February 28th where you will learn how the Photovoice tool can be used to change your community.

    Click on to view photos and narratives below. These two images represent positive and adverse aspect of a community. 

    Postive Aspect of a Community

    Issue | Concern of a Community

    Brooklyn's Anti-Bullying Contest

    Third Annual Legal Lives Anti-Bullying Video Contest scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Students in the fourth through ninth grades throughout Brooklyn are encouraged to enter the contest by submitting a video about bullying. The deadline for video submissions is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

    Bullying is a problem in schools and on the internet. It is intentional, aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength, typically repeated over time. Bullying has a serious effect on its victims, often leading to depression, and in some cases, it may even lead to suicide.

    The goal of the contest is to raise the consciousness of not only children, but teachers, administrators and parents to the reality of bullying and how each of them has to step up and be a part of solving this problem. If more young people were to take a stand against bullying, then the phenomenon would likely diminish over time.

    Participants are asked to create a 90-second video that answers one of the following questions:
    What is bullying?
    How does bullying make you feel?
    What does a bully look like?
    How can you stop a bully?
    What should you do if you are being bullied?

    Videos will be judged on creativity and content. Students are encouraged to use music, dancing or pictures. To submit a video, students will need to upload their videos as a response to the DA Hynes Announces Anti-Bullying Video which can be found at:  The winner will serve as “DA for the Day.”
    ON APRIL 30, 2013

    For more information or submit entries, please contact Ms. Lauren McCormack at 718.250.3446 or email at Website:


    Tobacco Marketing Target Our Youth (Infographic)

    Welcome Back Blog-readers. Check out this astonishing data, courtesy of NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City and noticed how the tobacco industry spends daily promoting the wrong message to today's youth encouraging cigarette smoking. 

    The message is clear...our children have seen enough. Now our question to you is….have you had enough of the tobacco advertisements being marketed toward our youth? Please share this finding with everyone you know and let us know your thoughts...comments are always welcomed.


    Organizing Your Community Workshops

    Citizens Committee offers the following free workshops for resident-led groups and individuals interested in working on community improvement projects. Those who complete four workshops will receive a NeighborhoodLeadership Institute certificate.  The workshops are held in downtown Manhattan.  RSVP is required.

    Group Structure
    Saturday, February 23 | 11:00-2:00
    Build and maintain an effective neighborhood association or community group.

    Media Tools
    Saturday, March 23 | 11:00-2:00

    Increase public support for your group by framing your message and alerting local media.

    Navigating City Government
    Saturday, April 20 | 11:00-2:00

    Learn how government functions and how to have your community issues addressed. 

    Grassroots Fundraising
    Saturday, May 18 | 11:00-2:00
    Support your group's work with community fundraising efforts.

    To register, please contact Wilfredo at / 212-822-9568.

    FUNDING ALERT --- February 2013 Edition

    Stay tuned for our next funding announcement - March 20th

    North Star Fund Grants: The North Star Fund supports grassroots activism and organizing to achieve social justice and the common good.  They are currently offering two grants, the Grassroots Action Grants and the Innovative Activism Grants. 
    Apply by February 15th, 2013.

    Open Meadows Foundation: Open Meadows Foundation offers grants up to $2000 to projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls, reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization, promote building community power, and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. 
    Applications are due February 15th, 2013.
    Department of Environmental Conservation:  DEC is offering two types of grants in 2013.  DEC's Community Impact Grants award $10,000 to $50,000 to fund projects that address exposure of the communities served by the applicant organizations to multiple environmental harms and risks.  DEC also offers Green Gems Grants which award $2,500 to $10,000 for smaller scale projects that involve education, stewardship, or monitoring activities related to parks, open space, community gardens or green infrastructure.  The projects must include a research and educational component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community. 
    Applications are due on April 5th, 2013.
    Green in Action Awards: Green in Action Awards will be granted to inspiring schools, classrooms, or youth groups who have demonstrated their commitment, creativity, or passion for sustainability. 
    Apply by April 30th to receive $250 in funding