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Youth Jam 2014

youthjam2014Youth Jam is a youth driven event focused on preventing youth suicide and substance abuse and promoting youth strengths and health and wellness resources and activities in our community. Youth Jam began in 2008 after the suicide of a high school senior in Albuquerque. Young people attended a focus group and realized their peers did not know what resources were available to them if they or their friends were feeling suicidal or struggling with mental health and substance use related challenges. Young people in Albuquerque decided to host a fun event to teach youth and families about what their community has to offer.

The first Youth Jam was held in 2009 and four additional Youth Jam events were held annually until 2013. when the primary funding source, a federal grant, was completed. Each Youth Jam event has had between 300-500 attendees and has served as the primary family friendly prevention event focused on youth health and mental health in Bernalillo County. In 2013, Youth Jam hosted a health and wellness fair that had more than 30 agencies and activities represented, including a youth talent showcase, hula hoop contests, and a health information scavenger hunt.

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Anti-Bullying Film

Bystanders film premiere

OVER 3 in 10 middle school students (31.2%) and almost 2 in 10 high school students (18.7%) say they have been bullied on school property.
New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey 2011

The word bullying has become a watchword nationally for hurtful behavior that has led to horrific consequences including suicide. It can be motivated by actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, or any kind of disability. As the media continues to lead with stories related to the issue and school districts across the state and around the country hear outcries from parents, the definition and ways to deal with the issue are becoming more and more important. This program defines bullying and discusses why and how young people become targets and aggressors. We also learn how the power really lies with the BYSTANDERS, the 85% of students who are seeing this happen and what they can do to help end bullying.

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The film was produced by Christopher Productions, LLC in Albuquerque


Federal Expert Panel Calls for New Research Approach to Prevent Youth Violence

Most research into youth violence has sought to understand the risk factors that increase the likelihood of violence. Now, a Federal panel has called for a new research approach to identify the protective factors that would reduce the likelihood that violence will happen. Grounded in the tools and insights of public health, the approach calls for studies that can guide the development of prevention strategies to reduce or eliminate risk factors, and add or enhance protective factors. The findings of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Expert Panel on Protective Factors for Youth Violence are published in a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Suicide and Bullying Issue Brief

sprcThis issue brief examines the relationship between suicide and bullying among children and adolescents, with special attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It also explores strategies for preventing these problems.

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Teen creates viral campaign to stop cyberbullies

OSSEO, Minn. – Seventeen-year-old Kevin Curwick, an Osseo High School football team captain, is using Twitter to fight cyberbullies and compliment his classmates, but much to his surprise, now people across the world are returning the favor.

"A nice word can go a long ways," he said. "We are a society looking for the positive."

Curwick has heard from people from Iowa to Connecticut, and from Australia to England ever since he came forward behind the anonymous Twitter account, @OsseoNiceThings.

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Department of Justice Announces New Resource

The Department of Justice announced a new resource— the National Girls Institute website— to better meet the needs of at-risk and delinquent girls, their families and the agencies and organizations that serve them. The institute is supported by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) through a grant from the Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).


Thanks to our partners!