Wednesday, September 25, 2013


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The United-We-Stand Campaign empowers local neighborhoods to help prevent underage drinking by engaging in educational, service learning, and media advocacy activities.

This seminar will provide information and materials on how community organizations can partner with community members, local store owners, and teens to stop minors from illegally obtaining alcohol from grocery stores; reduce the over-promotion of alcohol advertising; and spotlight caring and responsible merchants working to keep neighborhoods safe and healthy places to work and live.

Strategies/Tools include: Conducting Alcohol Compliance Checks, Starting a Sticker Shock Project, Recognizing Responsible Business Owners (Unstung Heroes), and Exploring Alcohol Advertising (Neighborhood Ad-count).

Who Should Attend: Individuals, Non-Profit Agencies, Youth Serving Organizations, Civic and Neighborhood Groups interested in identifying youth, adult, and volunteer activities and service projects focused on community safety and well-being.

Registration Deadline: Sign up by Tuesday, October 15th. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Click here to RSVP

Hello Kitty Beer Gets Plenty Of Buzz

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Hello Kitty, having been branded onto just about every other imaginable consumer product on this planet, and it is now being used to market beer in Asia.

Consumers in China and Taiwan can now pick from six fruit-flavored brews, including peach, lemon-lime, passion fruit, and banana, sporting the cartoon cat on the can. According to beer maker, Taiwan Tsing Company, the beverage is about half the alcohol content of a Budweiser, they're not very potent. As Kotaku's publication quoted, "They're so ridiculously smooth and tasty that one can barely tell they're drinking beer. It's almost like drinking fruit juice, even if the cans do say 'beer." But to consumers, it is misleading as another alcopop masked as a fruit drink.
FEATURE ARTICLE: Huffington Post

U.S. Census Bureau to Hire in the Boroughs

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This fall the U.S. Census Bureau will hire over 500 temporary Field Representatives to conduct the New York City Housing & Vacancy Survey (NYC-HVS). This survey is conducted every three years to comply with the City's rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. Applicants who wish to take the Census test for the NYC-HVS must reside within Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan or the Bronx. The pay rate for Field Representatives in these areas is $16.92 per hour. Employment will last about four to six months. To learn more about job requirements and qualifications call us toll free at 1-800-991-2520 (Select option 2 for recruiting) or send an e-mail with your complete address and phone number to:

information courtesy of Weekly UpLink, September 17, 2013


Democracy, Imagination & Peeps of Color: Brooklyn Community Dialogue

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A civic performance and dialogue with Bed-Stuy youth and community members, this event is the culmination of a 3-day intensive workshop inspired by Sekou Sundiata's provocative speech, Thinking Out Loud: Democracy, Imagination and Peeps of Color. The students are engaging with ideas about democracy, citizenship and art, developing their own performance pieces as a creative response and will present them alongside works by poets Kesed and Jeffrey Dessources. Workshop leaders include Kadeem Alston Roman, Keisha Turner, Michael Hill and Kesed. Please RSVP to or 718-670-7063.


courtesy of Weekly UpLink, September 24, 2013

1 in 5 High School Seniors Binge Drinks: Study


According to a new study published in the September 16th issue of JAMA Pediatrics, it’s common for American high school seniors to binge on alcohol, and some have as many as 15 or more drinks at a time.
Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women, while having 10 or more drinks in a row is defined as extreme binge drinking.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Community Awareness Projects Funding Opportunity

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Grant/Contract Name:  Community Awareness Projects
Deadline: October 18, 2013
Funding Amount:  Award ceiling: $5,000.00
Agency:   The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA)
Applications and instructions will be available on September 18, 2013. 
A webinar for applicants will be conducted on October 2, 2013 beginning at 4:00 pm EDT. 
Registration is required by going to: CLICK ON GO TO MEETING LINK.
Summary:   The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), under a cooperative agreement with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), will be offering funding to assist at least 60 communities in conducting public awareness initiatives during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 6 - 12, 2014. 

The purpose of this initiative is to increase the general public's awareness about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, victims' rights and available services. Therefore, the following activities are considered eligible for reimbursement under this program: Purchase of advertising in print media, radio, television, or outdoor advertising to promote NCVRW events, victims' rights, and available services; Design and printing of promotional NCVRW materials, such as posters, invitations and fliers; Support of NCVRW event speakers (not to exceed $450 per day for each speaker plus travel expense not to exceed the allowable Federal rates); Purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment used in public awareness events and activities; Rental of space to conduct NCVRW activities and events. 

National Institute on Drug Abuse National Early Warning System Coordinating Center

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Grant/Contract Name:  National Institute on Drug Abuse National Early Warning System Coordinating Center
Deadline: December 3, 2013
Funding Amount:   One award anticipated.
Estimated Total Program Funding:    $900,000
Summary:   This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for a single Coordinating Center to support novel data acquisition strategies, data harmonization, analysis and dissemination activities on emerging and current drug abuse trends across selected communities. The Coordinating Center will:

(1) establish and develop key community-level indicators for monitoring drug abuse trends and early identification of new synthetic drugs and emerging issues including establishing harmonization of indicators and of presentation and analysis of indicators across the selected communities; (2) identify and develop novel sources of data including data available via the Internet and obtain relevant data from various sources; (3) conduct cross-site data analyses from the harmonized Coordinating Center data; (4) develop and execute a dissemination and publication plan of results and findings from the Coordinating Center data, including development and maintenance of a website for disseminating data and findings;
(5) establish an Early Warning Network composed of local experts on drug abuse data from the selected communities, as well as NIDA-supported community-based researchers, to assist in the ongoing monitoring and interpretation of data and (6) provide operational, administrative and logistical support for the Coordinating Center data harmonization and dissemination initiative.

Youth Work Stipend Program

The Youth Works Program addresses the needs of 105 young adults each year ages 18-24 helping them attain: (a) skills in literacy and numeracy, (b) opportunities for career exploration, (c) workforce readiness training and certification, (d) an internship, and (e) either permanent employment or further training or education. We offer a $900 stipend for completion of the program. For more information call Vanessa Jarvis (718) 482-5171 or (718) 609-2132.
Information courtesy of Community Uplink

Children Who Speak Earlier May Be At Increased Risk of Alcohol Problems Later

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Children with advanced verbal abilities are more likely to drink as adolescents, a new study has found. Finnish researchers conducted two surveys of twins, including a total of 5,457 families. Parents were asked to remember when each twin reached certain milestones and their other traits in childhood.

Read more on the new study courtesy of: The Partnership at

LMBC Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking – Photovoice Video Presentation

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One of the cool things about evidence-based workshops is that the NYC PRC are able to help community groups, prevention specialists and concerned citizens find ways to address the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, gambling and violence at the community level.  Presented by the youth of the Long Beach Medical Community is their Photovoice video.  Their adult mentors attended our Community Network Seminar: Empower Your Community with Phototvoice training on February 28, 2013. With this powerful tool, they were able to bring awareness to the underage drinking issue that plagues their community.

We want to thank The Long Beach Medical Community Coalition for assisting their youth group with this terrific video presentation. You too can provoke positive change in your community!

Enjoy the video presentation
Check out the feature artice: Long Beach Herald

Friday, September 6, 2013

Action Call as Social Media Marketing of Alcohol Reeling in Young Audience

Social Media Marketing has changed in a course of a few years and over ninety-seven percent of consumers now use online media when researching products or services. The overall concern with the huge presence of online marketing is the overly-saturated exposure of alcohol advertisement to youth.

A new research, published in the Medical Journal ofAustralia, surveyed the Twitter use by the seven most powerful global alcohol brands - including Corona, Heineken, Smirnoff and Jack Daniels in over six months.
Read more on the latest finding: Herald Sun

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Alarming Data on Substance Daily Use by Adolescents

On an average day, 881,684 teenagers aged 12 to 17 smoked cigarettes, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report also says that on average day 646,707 adolescents smoked marijuana and 457,672 drank alcohol.

To provide some perspective, the number of adolescents using marijuana on an average day could almost fill the Indianapolis Speedway (seating capacity 250,000 seats) two and a half times.

"This data about adolescents sheds new light on how deeply substance use pervades the lives of many young people and their families," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “While other studies indicate that significant progress has been made in lowering the levels of some forms of substance use among adolescents in the past decade, this report shows that far too many young people are still at risk."

Citizens Committee for NYC Community Building Workshops

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At Citizens Committee, they don’t just give out grants. The agency hosts free community workshops on great ways to mobilize your neighbors, raise funds (beyond our own grants), navigate city government, and more. They share stories, tools, and tips custom-tailored to meet the needs of grassroots groups—and listen to your experiences.

The workshops are designed with resident-led groups in mind; each session draws from the ideas and experiences that you bring. 

For more information on Citizens Committee workshops, please visit the website

Funding Opportunity for Year 3 Community Transformation Grants

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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) and the Partnership for a Healthier New York City, is excited to announce this RFP opportunity for local community-based organizations to help create a Healthier NYC. In an effort to advance its work in New York City, the Partnership for a Healthier New York City is seeking community-based organizations that have interests in healthy eating, active living, tobacco free living and reducing underage and excessive alcohol use, to work with experienced coalitions on new projects.  As part of the City’s efforts, funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Partnership is seeking to fund work within each borough to further the progress in creating a healthier city. 

The RFP and attachments are posted on the FPHNY website. Each applicant must submit an electronic copy of the application. The file should be in PDF (Portable Document Format). Applicants should submit a single PDF file with their complete proposal. All proposals in response to this RFP must be e-mailed to the following address, no later than Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:00pm EST

For more information, contact: Emily Weiser ( or visit their website


Funding Opportunity: Neighborhood Violence Prevention Project


Funding Amount:   Approximately $2,000,000 dollars is available to support up to seven new community violence reduction projects.
Eligibility:   Local government agencies; and Not-for-profit entities
Agency:   NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Deadline: October 16, 2013
Summary:   New York State is making approximately $2 million available to support local street outreach and violence intervention projects to reduce violence associated with firearms in localities with high volumes and rates of homicides and shootings. Projects supported with funds awarded from this solicitation must be designed and implemented with fidelity to the Cure Violence model or follow a similar evidence based neighborhood violent crime prevention model. Projects must utilize violence interrupters and street outreach workers to stem local violence in a targeted area.

All projects should be focused on implementation of a coordinated, community-based strategy for reducing violence in a specified neighborhood or neighborhoods, precinct(s) or other geographically defined area. The proposals must target communities with high rates of gun violence and work through community-based organizations, residents and other individuals that are well positioned to work with high-risk youth and young adults in those areas. The applicant for these funds must clearly demonstrate that the proposed model is evidence based and maintains program fidelity to the model being implemented. Evidence based programs are interventions that are theory -based and through evaluation have been determined to be effective at achieving the stated outcomes. Evidence based programs are replicable when implemented with high fidelity to the core components of the model.

Part A - up to three new projects will be established in localities outside of New York City and Onondaga County with a rate of shooting incidents involving injury that reaches 4.5 or higher and with a population of at least 60,000. Eligible localities are: Erie (Buffalo), Westchester (Mount Vernon) and Monroe (Rochester).  Part B - up to four new projects will be established, one each in the Bronx, Queens, Onondaga, and Rockland counties.

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