Thursday, June 20, 2013

Preparing for Disaster: The New Normal

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Join the Queens Forum on Wednesday July 17th for the “Preparing for Disaster: The New Normal” conference. The conference will convene local professionals, community and faith-based leaders, elected officials, representatives of government agencies, activists, advocates, educators, and case workers to learn about best practices, tools, and resources to address issues relating to emergency preparedness and resiliency in Queens and around New York City at large.
The conference will take place in the Little Theater at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 from 9 AM – 3 PM. The registration fee is $25 which includes breakfast and lunch; scholarships are available. For more information or to register for the conference click here.

New Shared Workspace for Nonprofits and Community Leaders

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The Centre for Social Innovation is a new shared workspace, community center and incubator for small nonprofit organizations and community leaders. The 24,000 sq ft space, located in Chelsea, will soon be home to a thriving community of more than 200 people and projects committed to social change. In addition to workspace, CSI provides shared services, training opportunities and a culture of collaboration. Tenants share access to a large kitchen, lounge, meeting rooms, classrooms and event spaces.

For more, see or email

Mock Trial Program In South Bronx

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Interested in being part of the criminal justice system?  Ever wanted to participate in a mock trial program?
If so, please join us as a mock-juror at the Bronx District Attorney’s Felony Trial Training Program.  See below for location, date and time.
When:    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Time:      8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where:   198 East 161st Street, 10th floor conference room
RSVP:      Arielle Peters, (718) 838-7461 or (718) 590-2272

BREAKING NEWS: Urban Outfitters pulls prescription mugs

Just over a month ago, we learned that Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, was selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products made light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined.

The Partnership launched an advocacy effort and petition to ask the company to remove these products from their stores and website, securing more than 4,700 signatures of support.

It was reported today that Urban Outfitters has halted sale of these products. The retailer shared this statement with CNN:  "In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering."

We thank Urban Outfitters for listening to the calls, emails and letters of parents and families, health care providers, community and government leaders, and for pulling these products from their stores.

Our efforts don’t end here. Take the Pledge today to #endmedicineabuse. 

news story courtesy of The Partnership at 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


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Learning Communities Resource Center: This resource center will be designed to promote the creation of learning communities within the Community Services Block Grant Network to analyze Community Action outcomes and identify effective, promising, and innovative practice models to address current causes and conditions of poverty.
Apply by July 24, 2013
National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention: The purpose of this jointly funded program is to serve as a national resource and training center to increase the effectiveness of youth violence prevention, prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, and promotion of the healthy development of children and youth.
Applications are due by July 1, 2013

NYC Business Innovation Challenge:  NYC BIC is offering two types of grants in 2013. BIC’s award up to 125,000 to assist your organization in building a strong workforce.  This competition is open to profit and not for profit organization. The award can help you improve your infracture, data gathering, research and educational component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community.
Check out their website for due date.

Awesome Foundation Grants: The Awesome Foundation was created in 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The Awesome Foundation awards grants of $1,000 monthly to "awesome" projects with no strings attached.  If you or your community group has a great idea, apply for a grant by the last day of every month. 
Apply for grant by the last day of each month


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CADCA is accepting applications for the 2013 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards and is seeking strong candidates to apply. We wanted to reach out to you, the National Coalition Academy Graduates; because we know that the training you received at the NCA can help you put together a strong GOT OUTCOMES! application. The application and information requested is built around our training model and many of the coalitions that win are former NCA graduates. 

Some of you receiving this message are past winners (congratulations!). Past winners in the Coalition in Focus or Milestones category can apply again for a Coalition of the Year award. Some of you may have applied before and it just might be time to dust off that application, get your new data together, and apply again! If you have considered applying in the past, or are not familiar with the awards, please visit our web page where you can learn all about how CADCA is recognizing coalitions for their contributions to substance use/abuse outcomes:

If you answer “YES” to these questions, you are a strong candidate for an award:

1.    Are you seeing reductions in substance use rates and/or positive changes in the root causes of your identified problems such as perception of harm and perception of availability?
2.    Does your coalition have strong data on the local conditions in your community that are contributing to the root causes of your identified problems (e.g. knowing not just that youth believe alcohol is easy to access, but specifically how they are accessing it in your community)?
3.    When you take a look at your outcomes and all of the strategies and interventions you have already completed, do you feel you can make the case for your coalition’s contribution to those outcomes you are seeing today?

Applications are due on June 26th and CADCA will review your draft application materials and provide feedback to help you strengthen your application prior to submission. These draft materials would need to be received by CADCA at by Wednesday, June 12th. All of the application instructions and materials are available on the GOT OUTCOMES! web page at On the web page, you can also listen to a recorded applicant webinar we conducted earlier this month and access numerous other resources.   

Coalitions interested in applying should contact CADCA staff to help answer any questions about the application. Please email or call 1-800-54-CADCA, ext. 245 or ext. 262.