Subject: strictly fyi: events ONLINE & in MD, NY, PA, TN, WA
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 9/2/2011 3:15 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) Youth Media Institute (YMI) Showcase Summer Talent (Sept 9; Seattle, WA)
(2) Scenarios USA at the Healthy Teen Network Conference "Bridging the Gender Divide: Toward a Balanced Approach to Promoting Healthy Youth and Young Families" (Oct 11-14; Pittsburgh, PA)
(3) Internationally Acclaimed Violence Prevention Activist, Author, Filmmaker and Educator to Headline Two Skagit County Events (Sept 20, Mount Vernon, WA; Sept 21, Oak Harbor, WA)
(4) Panel Discussion: Suicide in the US: Finding Pathways to Prevention (Sept 7th; ONLINE live and also Rockville, MD)
(5) 4th Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice (Oct 1; Seattle, WA)
(6) Queer as Youth (Sept 10; Memphis, TN)
(7) Youth Support Group (Sept 22; Bay Shore, NY)
(1) Youth Media Institute (YMI) Showcase Summer Talent (Sept 9; Seattle, WA)
Seattle, WA On Friday, September 9, 2011 youth participants from the Youth Media Institute (YMI) will showcase their media projects at Dubsea Coffee located at 9910 8th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA from 7pm to 9pm.  The media exhibit will highlight the final projects created by YMI youth who dedicated six weeks of their summer participating in YMI’s “Youth Out Loud” program.  During this summer program, participants acquire technical photography and video production skills while at the same time explore such issues as media justice, youth empowerment, and the role media has in positively impacting local communities.
One participant explains, "The final project that I created is about sexism against women.  I chose this project because as a girl, I have seen and experienced sexism and wanted to create a project to speak out against it.” Other topics that YMI youth will showcase include cultural heritage, hip-hop, soccer, skateboarding, hunger and the experiences of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people in Seattle.
YMI’s Youth Out Loud summer program is divided into two components.  During the mornings, youth analyze various systems of social injustice.  Through various discussions, group activities and media analysis, participants explore how such systems of racism, class exploitation and sexism impact their own lives and their respective communities.  In the afternoon, youth gain the technical skills to be critical youth producers of media.  Carina del Rosario, teaching artist of photography explains, "Through YMI's summer program, the youth get hands-on experience using professional cameras for both video and photography.  In addition to gaining the technical skills, they have an excuse to explore the matters that really mean something to them.” Del Rosario continues, “The youth in the program have been great. They are inquisitive and eager to use media as a tool to explore the world around them.”
Youth Media Institute is an organization that strives to empower youth (ages 14 to 19) in becoming powerful leaders and artists by using media technologies to transform images about their communities and cultures.  YMI offers its "Youth Out Loud” summer program with the support of the Tides Foundation and the Social Justice Fund.  The showcase has been made possible with the support of Dubsea Coffee.  For more information, about the showcase or other YMI programs please contact Executive Director, Michael Viola at or 206-762-2334.
(2) Scenarios USA at the Healthy Teen Network Conference "Bridging the Gender Divide: Toward a Balanced Approach to Promoting Healthy Youth and Young Families" (Oct 11-14; Pittsburgh, PA)
Bridging the Gender Divide features advances in the fields of teen pregnancy, parenting, and prevention and offers concrete strategies to increase your ability to serve youth. This year's conference will challenge current gender norms and biases and promote a more equitable approach to teen pregnancy prevention and parenting.
Tuesday October 13th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm Scenarios USA Workshop: "What's the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Bullying?"
Friday October 14th, 10:15 - 11:45 am Closing Plenary: "What's the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Healthy Teen Relationships?" with special guest, Earlaina Kemp, REAL DEAL Winner.
Find out more about the conference and register here:
Register by 9/9/11 and save $100!
(3) Internationally Acclaimed Violence Prevention Activist, Author, Filmmaker and Educator to Headline Two Skagit County Events (Sept 20, Mount Vernon, WA; Sept 21, Oak Harbor, WA)
Dr. Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized violence prevention activist, author, and filmmaker, will be in Skagit County in September for two exciting events. On Tuesday September 20, Katz will host a free Film and Forum at the Lincoln Theatre from 6-9 pm. Using clips from his award-winning film “Tough Guise”, Katz will engage school faculty, coaches, students, parents, policy makers, service providers and community members in a discussion about the importance of understandingand changingthe cultural environment in which boys/men (and girls/women) learn sexist beliefs and abusive behaviors.
On Wednesday September 21, Dr. Katz will lead a Professional Workshop at Skagit Valley College’s McIntyre Hall from 9-2. This training will provide participants with concrete strategies to involve men (and boys) as allies in violence prevention. It will offer insights into working with athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators, as well as male business and labor leaders, religious leaders, and other influential men. And it will help bring together women and men in local, regional and even broader communities to discuss and plan how they can work together to design and implement lasting social change through effective gender violence prevention. Continuing Education credits and clock hours are available for both events; registration for the training, which includes lunch, is $20; a limited number of scholarships are available. For details and to RSVP for either event, go to
Dr. Jackson Katz ( is recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy. Katz is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention. He has used the MVP model to train coaches and players of a quarter of the football teams in the NFL, several major league baseball teams, NASCAR and many other sports organizations. Katz has also appeared on numerous national and local radio programs in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, as well as television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, Montel Williams, ABC News 20/20, and the CBS Evening News.
His much-anticipated appearance in Skagit County is made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United General Hospital’s Community Health Outreach Program, Skagit County Child and Family Consortium, Office of Women’s Health, Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley, the Pride Foundation, Skagit PFLAG, Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, and Northwest ESD 189.
For more information, contact Carol Hawk or 856-7383.
(4) Panel Discussion: Suicide in the US: Finding Pathways to Prevention (Sept 7th; ONLINE live and also Rockville, MD)
2pm 3:30 pm, EDT
11 am- 12:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time
As part of Suicide Prevention Week, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is sponsoring a panel discussion of suicide prevention experts on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:00 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be available through live videocast. This videocast is a research symposium on suicide prevention. Those who live in the Washington, D.C. area are welcome to be part of the live audience at the address below. Seating is limited. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from experts.
Featured Speakers:
Sherry Davis Molock,Ph.D., M.Div, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at George Washington University
Dan Reidenberg, Ph.D., Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Richard McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Suicide Prevention Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Moderated by Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair of the NIMH Suicide Research Consortium
If you are going to attend, the event will take place at the National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Blvd, Conference Room C, Rockville, MD 20852
To view the Videocast--After registering you will receive an email with instructions and a link to the videocast.
To Register to attend or view the panel discussion, please visit:
(5) 4th Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice (Oct 1; Seattle, WA)
“Rethinking Our Classrooms, Organizing for Better Schools”
Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle WA 98126
More info:
(6) Queer as Youth (Sept 10; Memphis, TN)
Queer as Youth, our support/social group for teens aged 14-19, meets every other Saturday night from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. 
For more information about this group, please or call 901-278-6422
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center
892 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN
(7) Youth Support Group (Sept 22; Bay Shore, NY)
Every 4th Thursday, 5-6 pm, LIGALY’s Youth Support Group is a place to be yourself and share what’s on your mind. Come share your thoughts and concerns and listen to your peers while building a strong network of support as you experience life growing up GLBT or as an ally on Long Island. This informal discussion and support group is a safe-space, so no topic is off limits and all members must agree to respect your confidentiality.
Where? The Center @ Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706
For more information, contact Rob by phone 631-665-2300 or by e-mail:
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