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News Items – January 12, 2012

US crime rate at lowest point in decades. Why America is safer now.
Christian Science Monitor
“There is evidence that … gang intervention programs involving the police and community leaders, after-school programs, [and] community outreach programs are having a positive effect,” says Frederic Reamer, professor of social work at Rhode Island College in Providence.

Putting Elders to Work in Aiken, S.C.
Aiken also encourages seniors to stay busy and engaged. One of the ways it does this is through Foster Grandparents, a federally funded program for senior citizens 55 and older. The participants visit schools, Head Start centers, nonprofit daycares and after-school programs to help at-risk children, says Director Toni Brunson.

Reforming Welfare Coverage
The Louisiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers held a press conference to outline their problems with that state’s plan, claiming that it “lacks the job training, transportation, child care, educational and labor market structures needed to facilitate meaningful change.”

1st Gabe Zimmerman scholarship awarded at PCC
KVOA Tucson News
TUCSON – The first Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship has been awarded by Pima Community College to a displaced worker who came to PCC to study for a new career in social work. John Roldán, 61, will be presented the $1000 scholarship this evening.

Teens Dealing With Cancer Find an Ally in The Who’s Daltrey
PBS NewsHour
She’s now a social work graduate student at UCLA and part of a growing chorus — one headlined by the likes of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the classic rock band The Who — demanding more specific treatment and emotional programming for  adolescents. Rather than funneling teens into adult or pediatric programs, where they generally feel like outsiders, they say that teens should receive specialized attention.

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