Pioneers in Youth Violence Prevention Prepare to Meet at Historic Event

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On April 7-9, an influential group of juvenile justice leaders, including Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, will come together in San Antonio, Texas for the 2010 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference. This event will motivate the violence and drug prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. For more information or to register, visit http://www.blueprintsconference.com.

On April 7-9, an influential group of juvenile justice leaders will come together in San Antonio, Texas for the 2010 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference. The group will discuss progress in addressing youth substance abuse and violence during the past decade and explore ways of expanding the implementation of gold-standard, evidence-based programs for youth and their families. Based on attendance from previous conferences, approximately 1,000 conference attendees are expected.

The meeting's purpose is to facilitate high-level discussions of the successes and challenges facing professionals in the violence prevention field. This historic event will take place at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio.

One of the top keynotes speaker for the 2010 conference is United States Assistant Attorney General, Laurie Robinson. A national leader in criminal justice policy, Robinson has been instrumental in directing several new initiatives including comprehensive community-based crime control and innovations in offender management. Robinson also served as assistant attorney general from 1993 to 2000. Her seven-year tenure as an assistant attorney general was the longest of any director in the federal criminal justice assistance agency's history. Prior to returning to the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, Robinson was director of the University of Pennsylvania’s criminology department master’s program. Robinson was also the director of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Criminal Justice for 14 years, where she founded the ABA's Juvenile Justice Center.

Other participating speakers include administrative leaders from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, D.C., the founder of the internationally-known Blueprints for Violence Prevention project and host of the three-day conference, as well as leading researchers and developers from the country’s most effective treatment programs for at-risk youth.

“Our speakers and attendees couldn’t come together at a more opportune time,” says Sharon Mihalic, director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention project at the University of Colorado and conference organizer. “During a time when we are locking up more people than ever before and Congress is taking a long hard look at recidivism and corrections spending, it’s time for state and local agencies to invest taxpayer dollars into programs that work for our young people; programs that are backed by years of research and positive outcomes.”

For 2010 Blueprints Conference attendees, not only will they learn about the leading programs for at-risk youth and their families but they will have access to resource and tools to help implement these model programs in their own communities.

Anyone interested in, or responsible for, violence and drug prevention efforts should consider attending this event. Attendees include youth and community advocates, state and local government officials, leaders in criminal justice systems and program implementers. Registration fees are $250 per person if you register before February 23 and $350 if you register after February 23. Registration ends on March 24. Registrations can be made on the conference Web site at http://www.blueprintsconference.com.

Confirmed speakers include:

Laurie Robinson, United States Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs;

Del Elliott, founder of the Blueprints project and director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado;

Shay Bilchik, former administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1992-2000) and current director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University;

Clay Yeager, consultant for Evidence-Based Associates and former director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;

David Olds, director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health at the University of Colorado and developer of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP);

Mary Ann Pentz, director of the Center for Prevention Policy Research at the University of Southern California and developer of the Midwestern Prevention Project;

Mark Greenberg, director of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University and developer of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS);

Gil Botvin, director of the Institute for Prevention Research at Cornell University and developer of Life Skills Training (LST);

Jim Alexander, professor of psychology at the University of Utah and developer of Functional Family Therapy (FFT); and

Scott Henggeler, director of the Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and developer of Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

The 2010 conference is sponsored by Evidence-Based Associates, MST Services Inc., Channing Bete and Touchstone Behavioral Health. Additional sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available.

About Blueprints for Violence Prevention
Blueprints for Violence Prevention is a project through the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The mission of Blueprints for Violence Prevention is to identify outstanding violence and drug prevention programs for youth and families that meet a high-scientific standard of effectiveness. Blueprints serves as a resource for governments, foundations, businesses, and other organizations trying to make informed judgments about their investments in violence and drug prevention programs.

Web: http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/blueprints
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Blueprints4VP
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blueprintsforviolenceprevention.

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