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  • Friday, April 1, 2011
  • Office of Justice Programs
  • Contact: Starr Small
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******MEDIA ADVISORY******

SIX CITIES PRESENT PLANS
TO PREVENT YOUTH VIOLENCE

WASHINGTON - Teams from Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Salinas, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif., members of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, will present comprehensive plans to prevent youth violence in their cities at the Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, April 4-5, in Washington, D.C. In addition, Mayors from these six cities, the Forum's federal partners, and representatives of a number of foundations will participate in the summit.

On Monday, April 4, 2011, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and Members of Congress will speak at the summit, along with the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, and the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles. 12:15 p.m. Press Availability with Teams from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and Salinas, Calif., and San Jose, Calif.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder and Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., will speak at the summit.

WHERE: Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
OPEN PRESS

NOTE: All media MUST PRESENT GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID (such as a driver's license) as well as VALID MEDIA CREDENTIALS. Pre-set will be at 7:45 A.M. EDT. Contact Starr Small, 202-598-9457, or Michelle Muth Person, 202-569-3167, for details about media logistics.

Full Agenda Follows
Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Summit on Preventing Youth Violence
Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

Monday, April 4, 2011
8:30 Welcome/Opening Remarks

The Honorable Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., U.S. House of Representatives (Invited)
The Honorable Robert C. Scott, U.S. House of Representatives (Invited)
The Honorable Sam Farr, U.S. House of Representatives (Invited)
9:15 Keynote Address - "Creating a Community of Kinship: Addressing Youth Violence with all Stakeholders on Deck"

The Reverend Greg Boyle will offer a broad vision of challenges and solutions, making the case that addressing youth violence takes all of us working together, and placing the Forum and member cities' activities in a broader context.

Jack Calhoun, Director, California Cities Gang Prevention Network (introduction) The Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., Executive Director, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA
9:45 Introducing the Forum Members

Thomas Abt, Chief of Staff, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
9:50 Member Presentations: San Jose and Salinas

Representatives from San Jose and Salinas will present their comprehensive plans, showcasing innovative strategies to combat youth violence.
10:20 Break
10:30 Member Presentations: Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Memphis

Representatives from Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Memphis will present their comprehensive plans, showcasing innovative strategies to combat youth violence.
11:30 Member Presentations: Federal Responses

Senior representatives from participating agencies will respond to member presentations and offer feedback from a variety of perspectives within the Executive Branch.

Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Bill Modzeleski, Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education

David Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dan Lurie, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Tucker, Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Moderator: Edna Primrose, National Director, Office of Job Corps, U.S. Department of Labor
12:15 Press Availability with Teams from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and Salinas, Calif., and San Jose, Calif.
12:45 Working Lunch

April 4, 2011 marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Reverend Samuel Billy" Kyles will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King, offering further vision and providing a call to action.

The Honorable Steve Cohen, U.S. House of Representatives (Invited)
The Honorable AC Wharton, Jr., Mayor of Memphis, Memphis, TN (introduction)
The Rev. Samuel Billy" Kyles, Pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
2:00 Plenary Panel - Turning Pain into Action—the Killing Must Stop"

This panel will highlight the human face of youth violence. Panel members will discuss how real life experiences inspired them to become actively involved in making their communities safer.
Kim Odom, Co-Pastor, True Vine Church, Boston, MA
Shi Cota, Intervention Specialist, 2nd Chance Family & Youth Services, Salinas, CA
Dr. Adam Ybarra, Chaplain of the Oakland Raiders, San Jose, CA
Eugene Schneeberg, Director, Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Department of Justice
The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Boston Ten Point Coalition, Boston, MA

Moderator: Joshua DuBois, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
3:00 Break
3:15 Plenary Panel - Voices from the Philanthropic and Business Communities"

Leaders from the philanthropic and business communities will offer experiences and lessons learned from their initiatives, both national and regional, to address youth violence. Panelists will weave responses to the members' plans into their own reflections and experiences with integrated approaches, including supporting youth development and advancing neighborhood revitalization.

Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation
Tonya Allen, Vice President of Program, The Skillman Foundation
Brad Brekke, Vice President, Assets Protection, Target Corporation
Paul Grogan, President, The Boston Foundation
Barbara Raymond, Program Director for Policy, Communications, and Strategy, The California Endowment

Moderator: Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement
4:30 Plenary Panel - The Forum: Origins, Destinations"

Forum members will discuss lessons learned and consider future opportunities for continued progress.

Thomas Abt, Chief of Staff, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Norris Dickard, Senior Advisor for Policy and Program, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
Mario Maciel, Superintendent, Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, San Jose, CA
The Honorable Saul Green, Deputy Mayor of Detroit, MI

Moderator: Jack Calhoun, Director, California Cities Gang Prevention Network, Oakland, CA
5:15 Closing Remarks

The Honorable Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (introduction)
Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
5:45 Adjourn


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
8:30 Opening Remarks

Bernard Melekian, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice (Introduction)
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, U.S. Department of Justice
9:00 Q&A Discussion - Refining and Implementing Your Plan: Opportunities and Challenges"

Forum members will engage in a candid Q&A about upcoming opportunities and challenges related to the implementation of their comprehensive plans.

Moderator: Phelan Wyrick, Senior Advisor, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
10:15 Break
10:30 Plenary Panel - The Multiplier Effect: Working Across Sectors to Leverage Investments"

Panelists will discuss how localities can braid and blend investments from the government, business, and philanthropic sectors to better leverage resources and maximize their impact related to youth violence prevention. They will also share insights on how localities can better make the case for both the targeted and comprehensive investments needed.

Kathy Havens Payne, Senior Director of Education Leadership, State Farm Insurance Corporation
Julio Marcial, Program Director, California Wellness Foundation
Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Blair Taylor, President, Memphis Tomorrow

Moderator: Suzanne Immerman, Director, Philanthropic Engagement, U.S. Department of Education
11:30 Breakout Sessions: Moving from Plan to Practice"

Session 1: Data-Driven Strategies: Principles for Practice

This session will focus on practical elements of developing a comprehensive information-sharing strategy to support a comprehensive youth violence prevention plan. The discussion will examine knowledge and data management principles, as well as key elements for designing interventions that are data-driven, reliable, contextually relevant, and realistic, all while conforming to data privacy/security standards.

Anthony Braga, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, and Senior Research Fellow, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Richard Janikowski, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Community Criminology and Research, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Andrew J. Wong, President, AJW Inc., San Francisco, CA

Facilitator: John Markovic, Social Science Analyst, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

Session 2: Faith and Community-Based Approaches: Getting Buy-in, Leveraging Strength

This session will focus on the role that faith and community-based organizations can play in helping a community prevent and reduce youth and gang violence. By examining how such organizations engage young people and families and help them access community services, the discussion will inform participants about the value of these approaches.
The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Boston Ten Point Coalition, Boston, MA
The Rev. Donald Isaac, Executive Director, East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnerships, Washington, DC
Pastor Keith Norman, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
Pastors Ron & Kim Odom, True Vine Church, Boston, MA
Addie Richburg, President, National Alliance for Faith and Justice, Washington, DC

Facilitator: Eugene Schneeberg, Director, Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Department of Justice

Session 3: Evidence-Based Policy: Translating Research into Practice

This session will focus on using evidence to improve the quality of programs, services, and activities designed to reduce youth violence. Evidence can be used to get the right services to the people who need them most, identify the most effective programs, and improve the quality of current activities. The discussion will explore the benefits and challenges of using such evidence-based programs and practices.

Martha Moorehouse, Director, Division of Children and Youth Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Director, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Dennis Mondoro, Strategic Community Development Officer, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Facilitator: Phelan Wyrick, Senior Advisor, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Session 4: Integrating Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement and Reentry: Putting Plans into Practice

The Forum strongly recommends a balanced approach to reduce youth violence. This session will explore how to integrate prevention, intervention, enforcement and reentry; how to preserve prevention when a worried public clamors for intervention and enforcement; what entities should be in place to frame and track the multi-faceted work; and, how the balanced approach can be owned" by the community.

Michelle Fowlkes, Executive Director, Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, Memphis, TN
Angel Rios, Deputy Director, Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, San Jose, CA
Anne Parry, Director, Office of Violence Prevention, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Maconochie, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Policies, Boston Police Department, Boston, MA

Facilitator: Jack Calhoun, Director, California Cities Gang Prevention Network

Session 5: U.S. Attorneys' Offices: Roles, Opportunities

This session will focus on the roles and opportunities for the U.S. Attorneys participating in the Forum and explore how they can help sites address the problem of youth violence in their jurisdictions. This discussion will also be tailored to the unique challenges that federal prosecutors face in working with sites to combat this problem.

Facilitator: Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
12:30 Working Lunch - A Public Health Approach to Preventing Youth Violence"

Corinne Ferdon, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (introduction)
The Honorable Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1:30 Presentation - Assessing the Forum"

The evaluators will discuss their ongoing assessment of the Forum's effectiveness.

Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Director, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Dr. Caterina Roman, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1:45 Site Presentations - Next Steps"

Representatives from the Forum member cities and federal agencies will discuss next steps.
2:30 Closing Remarks

Russlynn H. Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Thomas Abt, Chief of Staff, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
3:00 Adjourn

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