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Archive for April 9th, 2014

Madigan Alerts Consumers to ATM Hacking Scheme During ‘Money Smart Week’

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CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alerted Illinois residents to an increased risk of unauthorized withdrawals on their accounts after banking regulators reported that hackers are circumventing controls on automated teller machines (ATMs) to make nearly unlimited withdrawals before banks can detect the fraud.

In recognition of Money Smart Week, Madigan is urging Illinois residents to be on the lookout for unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts in the wake of the disclosure, amid a series of massive data breaches at major U.S. companies including Target and Neiman Marcus.

“This recent wave of cyber attacks reinforces how important it is to monitor your accounts for unauthorized activity because it’s not a matter of if but when your financial accounts will be targeted by a criminal,” Madigan said.

Late last week, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) reported the increase in cyber-attacks, disclosing that criminals have hacked bank websites and made large withdrawals from consumers’ accounts well before banks’ fraud alert systems recognize the unauthorized withdrawals.

The FFIEC said hackers have learned how to delete or alter pre-programmed algorithms set up by banks to alert them of ATM withdrawals that are out of the ordinary. The scam often starts via “phishing” attacks targeting bank employees. The scammers send phony but official-looking emails that include links to initiate a malware attack on the banks’ systems, allowing them to obtain employee login information that then enables them to access the banks’ ATM control panels. After the hackers alter the algorithms managing the ATM controls, they create fraudulent ATM cards with account information stolen from separate attacks, either using malware or scanning programs at retail sales registers or ATMs, according to the FFIEC.

Hackers attempt to make several withdrawals from the same account at multiple ATMs simultaneously so that the daily withdrawal limit is not detected until the money has already been withdrawn, and the hackers often schedule the withdrawals for holidays and weekends, according to the FFIEC, when extra sums are loaded into ATMs and banks’ monitoring is less active. In explaining the scope of the scams, the FFIEC cited a recent ATM attack that netted over $40 million in fraudulent withdrawals using only 12 debit card accounts.

Madigan offered the following tips to help Illinois residents detect and report unauthorized charges:

  • Monitor bank and credit card accounts daily online and billing statements every month. Contest unauthorized charges immediately over the phone and in writing.
  • Set up an alert on your account to receive notification when your credit or debit card is used over and above a certain dollar figure. Many banks offer this feature as a “transaction alert.”
  • Beware of callers who claim to be with your card issuing bank. These calls may be a scam. You should contact your bank first at the toll-free number on the back of your card before disclosing any personal information.

In recognition of Money Smart Week, organized annually by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Madigan’s office will be participating in two Money Smart Week Financial Regulators Fairs in Chicago and Springfield. The Springfield fair will be located in the Capitol’s north hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Chicago’s fair will take place on the ground floor of the James R. Thompson Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Madigan’s office will also participate in the following events related to Money Smart Week:

  • Consumer Fraud Presentation at 6 p.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N. Third St., St. Joseph;
  • Identity Theft Panel hosted by Lakeside Bank from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago;
  • Senior Fraud Presentation hosted by FCB Banks from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville;
  • Englewood Housing Resource Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Englewood 7th District Police Station, 1438 W. 63rd St., Chicago; and
  • Chatham Housing Resource Meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Maryland Avenue Baptist Church, 8058 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago.

For more information on protecting your financial and personal information, visit Madigan’s website or contact her office’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630.

Saint Sabina’s YAM Remembers King’s 46th Anniversary With Historic Movie – Questions Future of America

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YAM President questions future of America

By Chinta Strausberg

To commemorate the 46th death anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mack Julion, president of Saint Sabina’s Youth Adult Ministry (YAM) Friday showed a film of the life and legacy of the fallen leader ending with questions about the status of the civil rights movement and the lack of interest by the youth.

Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) was among those who watched the film shown in the McMahon Hall at Saint Sabina. She explained that back in the 1960’s many of the parents were domestics who feared losing their jobs if they participated in the Civil Rights movement.

“So, if it were not for the youth who filled up the jails facing water hoses and the dogs, we would not be sitting here today witnessing Barack Obama as the first African American president,” Collins said.

“As to how we reconnect with our youth and still the importance of their engagement in the process…there is so much apathy out there,” she said. Collins said unemployment among black males is 89 percent and between the ages of 19 and 24. “Education,” she said is key.

Born in McComb, Mississippi, Senator Collins said she remembers the white and colored signs on the water fountains. “I’ve had the exposure to racism that shapes our experiences. Many of our youth,” she said have not seen the vestiges of racism.

Julion said there has been a moral breakdown in today’s generation for they were never taught to love themselves including their moral values. “Somewhere along the line, moral dropped” he said has been replaced by “hate spewing out into the streets, crime, violence and the type of music and video” that demoralizes women and blacks.

Asked if the reason for so much apathy among young and older people can be attributed to the killing of the Kennedy brothers and Dr. King, Julion said, “America was founded on violence, founded on bloodshed” pointing to the murders of the Kennedy’s, King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Trayvon Martin, Julion said, “This is what America’s principles are.

“It is very hard to trust a system that has that history and not just bloodshed on American soil but abroad…,” Julion said. Saying he cannot speak for his generation and Julion is around 28, he said younger people “don’t trust America at all.

“The 2008 election may have been the last time” they were able to trust, he said explaining with the election of Obama “they thought he was it but they didn’t see the trickle down effect. Violence is still” going on and poverty prevails. “I am not sure that trust of America’s system” will ever be restored.

Father Michael Pfleger said, “Any fight for justice be it the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement…a conviction and righteousness and courage” are key today in seeking fairness.

Having just left a press conference at 116th and Halsted given by Pam Bosley, the mother of 18-year-old Terrell Bosley who was killed outside of is church eight-years ago “almost at the same exact time Dr. King was killed 46-years ago, Father Pfleger said, “This continuance of violence is no better than it was in 1968.”

“If we are going to change things we have to stop accepting less than. I think we believe things were better than they were…. People are still dying,” said Pfleger pointing to last week’s statistics that showed 33 people were shot and 5 killed in 6 days.

“You walk down some of our streets” like Marshfield…You walk down some blocks and it looks like a third world country. Some people go through garbage cans outside of my window. Things are not good. Things are horrible. People are dying. People are drugged up, sexed up to try to escape the realities of life right now, this weekend.

“We have to stop accepting conditions that are evil and unjust and get mad about it,” said Pfleger. “We’ve lost our fight…our courage. We need to use our faith to fight with and to stop accepting less than what God promised us to be….”

Saying Dr. King had convictions, Pfleger said that is why he spoke against the Vietnam War and why he went back to Birmingham when his friends told him not to. King, he said, “sat in a basement just like this in 1955 with less people who are here right now…when his family and his dad told him not to do that.” King, he said, had convictions and principles, which “kept him and drove him.”

“We got to get back to individuals driven by principles and not by greed, success or popularity,” said Pfleger. “I think we got to get angry…and get principles for what is right. Is it possible to follow Jesus and be silent…”?

Overall, the group felt this generation has a lot of work to do if Dr. King’s dream of equality, fairness and social justice will prevail.

Don’t Fall For Google Drive Phishing Scams, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL Hackers have recently created fake Google log-in screens to steal consumers’ personal information. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to look out for scam emails on Google Drive (a system with Google that allows you to store, share and access files). The email asks that you enter your username and password on a look-alike page.

The email states that someone has shared a Google Drive Doc with you. To access it you are instructed to click on a link which opens to an exact replica of the Google log-in page. Once you log-in that information is sent to the scammer’s server. With that data the scammers will have access to your email account without your knowledge.

Gmail and Google Drive are commonly used for both personal and business applications and because of that can impact many people,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Uses for Google Drive vary from sharing business documents with employees to planning social events with friends and family.”


The BBB suggests the following ways to protect your Google account:


  • Know who you receive your email from.Consumers often get scammed when they open emails from unknown senders. If you receive an email from an unfamiliar person, don’t open it.
  • Look for a phishing alert. Gmail automatically displays warnings on messages they suspect are phishing attacks. Always look for these warnings at the top of your email.
  • Know when you are logged in. If you are already logged into Gmail to check your email, you won’t need to log-in again to view a Google Drive document.
  • Report it. Help Google identify suspicious emails by reporting them. On an email message, click the down arrow next to “reply” and select “report phishing.”
  • Turn on two-step verification. If you fear your account has been compromised or you are worried about security, you can sign up for additional security for your Google account. Logging in will then require both a username/password and entering a code sent to your cell phone.

For more information about protecting your Google accounts, see Google’s support site.

For more information about scams, visit bbb.org

Facebook, Please Get Your Face Out of the Oculus Rift

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Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

I tried to suck it in. But I cannot hold it any longer. Facebook, please get  your face out of the Oculus Rift. While the deed is done, what are our options? Developers like me are still crying in our spilled milk. Will Sony and others save the day with reasonably priced development kits? No wonder Kickstarter is pissed off. Once again, the big kids have come to the party to kick sand in our faces and take the toys from the rest, in an effort to suck in a demographic, “the missing geeks”.

Further, since online gaming is becoming more and more accessible and the community is growing larger, does Facebook have a fear of losing their audience to higher end and 3D social gaming as their users grow older and inevitably detached (remember MySpace, Right)? And younger folks are turning to Twitter, Instagram and message apps, not to mention they are going to be running video ads/ commercials on the site. Wait…Isn’t that why we left television? Do I hear an echo?

It’s cool and now it’s mine said the big kid! Talk about a party crasher. We were all so excited here about the Rift, and others in the game development community were keeping a close eye out and offering feedback for Oculus to further perfect and develop the technology; all the while thinking they were helping out the little guy. So the trick is not to invest in the Kickstarter, but kick back and see how it does and what the interest is, and then strike with a $2 billion dollar check! The Kickstarter investors never saw it coming, because it never should have!

Question is, as the game development grows sour on the acquisition, will they look to other technologies from experienced manufacturers in the VR arena or will they allow Facebook to redeem themselves by offering worlds they never imagined at a cost that is accessible to struggling developers as well? Only time will tell if Facebook can recover from this one or did they just purchase a purple elephant?

The Sony VR headset revealed at GDC last month is looking pretty good. Maybe they will make some new friends. Anyway, when we all come back to reality of what just happened, keep in mind, there are many alternatives to the Oculus Rift. I’ll have no parts of that one that keeps my cell phone strapped to my head. No thanks! Don’t need the headache. Cell phone to the head is not an option for me.

In retrospect, I have to ask myself am I disappointed that Facebook bought it or more disgusted that Oculus sold it like they did? They should have just gone to Facebook to begin with.

Anyway, back to reality.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

Simon Pushes for Dual Credit Incentives

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New legislation aims to create equitable school funding, encourage higher learning


CARTERVILLE, IL – Local school districts would receive new funding to encourage students to earn college credit while still in high school under legislation being pushed by Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila. Simon visited John A. Logan College on Friday to talk to students and promote the need to incentivize dual credit programs in Illinois.

“Dual credit programs help students get an important head start on college,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “This landmark measure can prepare students for college and set them on the path to good-paying jobs in growing fields. I am hopeful that the General Assembly will pass this important legislation quickly so it can begin helping Illinois schools and students.”

Earlier this year, a bipartisan State Senate committee, created by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) and State Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), issued a report acknowledging Illinois’ outdated school funding system and recommending changes be made to the system to better reflect student needs. On Wednesday, Manar, along with other Illinois Senate Democrats, introduced the School Funding Reform Act of 2014, a proposal to streamline the complicated funding system into one formula that would account for school districts’ funding needs while also encouraging the development of dual credit programs throughout the state.

A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student that earns both college and high school credits. This allows a student to get a jumpstart on a college credential or degree for free. Dual credit courses are vital for students in small, rural or low-income districts that do not have the resources to provide Advanced Placement or other specialized college-prep courses, Simon said.

“Dual credit programs help transition kids to college, reduce debt and shorten the amount of time to get a degree,” said Director of Dual Credit and Partnerships at John A. Logan College Vicky Turl.

In Illinois, data from the Illinois Community College Board shows that student participation in dual credit has increased from 11,809 students in 2001 to 87,571 in 2012. Locally, almost 35 percent of juniors and seniors are taking some type of dual credit class affiliated with John A. Logan College.

Still, not all high schools offer dual credit. Cost is a primary barrier. To offer a dual credit course on site, a high school must hire a teacher that has the equivalent accreditation as a college professor and provide the appropriate books and technology. Alternately, the high school can cover a student’s costs at a college campus.

Previously, Simon urged state leaders to overhaul the way schools are funded in Illinois during the final hearing of Manar’s education committee in January. Simon testified that the current formula was hurting rural and high-poverty districts and should be changed. Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform. In this capacity, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. As chair of the 25-member Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Simon is also working to improve the delivery of state services and education opportunities to rural Illinois.

Affordable Care Act and the Future of Minority Health Outcomes

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2014 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare to Focus on Addressing Health Disparities and Building Community Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has brought the nation closer to healthcare reform . The ACA contains many provisions that make it more important than ever for doctors, healthcare providers and healthcare communicators to work together and address the new challenges and opportunities provided by the ACA and improve the quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities.

In response, the 2014 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare, hosted by Howard University’s Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communications and Technology, will provide a unique opportunity for health professionals, students, and community leaders to examine key issues in healthcare. The Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center on the campus of Howard University.

Begun by the School of Communications in 2009, with a Carnegie Corporation grant, the Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communications and Technology has grown to include almost all schools and colleges on the campus. Symposium participants will have the opportunity to help set a research agenda, make policy recommendations, network with influential leaders within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and help establish a youth leadership pipeline.

The 2014 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare is helping to establish new communication systems for healthcare messages and information to reach deeper into our communities-addressing many overlooked needs. As such Howard University has invited one of the most dynamic change-makers in the STEM fields, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski to give the event’s keynote address. At age 12, Dr. Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students — specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners — obtain degrees in the STEM fields. Other notable speakers include: Reggie Van Lee, Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO of the Prince Georges County Public Schools, Dr. Rick Valachovic, President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association, and WUSA9 Anchor, Lesli Foster, who will serve as the moderator for the Symposium.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to participate in Q and A sessions centered on how the ACA can help to reduce disparities and increase community knowledge about personal health.  Those unable to join the Symposium in person can take part in the discussion by following on Twitter by the hash tag #HealthyHU.

In addition to lunch, there will be light refreshments offered during the registration session and a mix and mingle reception/ and research poster session immediately following the Symposium. Public transportation is strongly encouraged for those planning to attend this event as campus parking will be limited.  There will be a free Howard shuttles available from Shaw – Howard Metro to Blackburn University Center.

To register for the 2014 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare, please visit http://huhealth.eventbrite.com

ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.

Film Uses History, Psychology and Standup Comedy to Overcome Prejudice

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Racial Taboo to Be Shown at St. Stephen AME Church as Kick-Off to the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear’s Stand Against Racism (TM)

Wilmington, NC (BlackNews.com) – Wave Communications Films is pleased to announce that Racial Taboo will be shown at St. Stephen AME Church as the kick-off event for the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear’s Stand Against Racism(TM). It will be shown on April 24th at 7:00 PM in the St. Stephen sanctuary located at 501 Red Cross Street. The film screening will be followed by an audience discussion. There is no charge for admission.

St. Stephen AME Church has Gothic Revival architecture and it was completed in 1886. During the Jim Crow era it had a swimming pool in the basement to provide a place for African-American members of the community to go swimming. Racial Taboo explores why it is difficult for Americans to talk about subjects related to race and how to change that. It is screened by communities who are interested in building bridges between people with different ethnic origins. Showings of this film provide a common experience and information about subjects related to race that enable meaningful conversations. Racial Taboo has received positive reviews from a range of people (http://bit.ly/MVpkV3). The film’s trailer can be viewed at www.RacialTaboo.com.

“Over 1,000 people in our community have seen Racial Taboo and participated in discussions after the film. I hope more organizations like Stephen AME Church and the YWCA will sponsor these events to expand this conversation locally and in other communities. After all, People of all backgrounds really enjoy the experience,” said Brian Grimm, the film’s Director.

“The showing of this film in the historic sanctuary of St. Stephen will provide an opportunity for the community to gather together and discuss the issue of racial prejudice which has divided the community (and communities of our country) for many years. I am very excited about the outcome and look forward to welcoming the community to our beautiful church.” said Pastor Wayne Johnson.

“The YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual Stand Against Racism(TM) event. We are very pleased to be able to show this innovative film at such an important location,” said Susan Fennell, YWCA Executive Director

For more details, visit www.RacialTaboo.com

Intellectual Equity Works to Spur College Enrollment

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Local Entrepreneur Helps Students Navigate College Application Process

CHICAGO, IL – Despite significant growth of 3.2 million students enrolled in college from 2006-2011, the U.S. Census Bureau’s “School Enrollment: 2012 Report” reveals that college enrollment in Fall 2012 among undergraduate and graduate students plunged nearly half a million (467,000) from one year earlier. This decline was driven by older students – those 25 years and up. Their enrollment fell by 419,000, while the enrollment of younger students declined by 48,000. And, from 2011 to 2012, Black enrollment dropped by 108,000.

Pamela Brown of Intellectual Equity is on a mission to break this trend. With more than a decade of expertise as program director at the George M. Pullman Education Foundation and LINK Unlimited, Brown launched Intellectual Equity in 2013 to educate students, parents, high schools and non-profit organizations about the nuances of the college application process to improve the odds of admission.

“I didn’t think applying to college should be as difficult or stressful as my personal plight as I pursued my undergraduate,” reflects Brown. “Intellectual Equity is dedicated to individuals who have the desire, drive and determination to pursue a college degree. We empower individuals to complete a rigorous application process without feeling deterred or hindered.”

Brown has a proven track record of not only assisting students with getting into college, she also helps relieve some of the stress associated with finding the money to pay for college. She becomes so vested in her students that she stays in constant contact with them to make sure they graduate.

It is common for Brown to do some uncommon mentoring. “One time Ms. Brown came to my home to help me pack to get me off to Hamilton College,” recalls 2007 graduate Natasha Jenkins.

Her years spent working on both sides of the table – helping students get into college, nominating students for scholarships as well as awarding scholarships – provided the perfect foundation for Intellectual Equity. Brown draws on her years of successfully recruiting applicants, reviewing scholarship applications, selecting scholarship committee members, presenting applicants to the scholarship committees, and other positions to impart similar knowledge to those seeking a post-secondary education.

Intellectual Equity provides personal, one-on-one or group college planning sessions. Participants will: 1) Evaluate where they are in the college planning process; 2) Learn to research colleges and universities to determine their post-secondary options; 3) Get assistance with the completion of college applications, essays and supplemental documents; 4) Learn about funding resources, e.g. endowments, federal/state aid, private scholarships, loans; and 5) Become equipped with organizational skills necessary for the college planning process. Brown will conduct a group presentation on Saturday, April 19, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Savoy Square, 4448 S. State Street, Chicago, IL.

Students assisted by Intellectual Equity have matriculated to some of the most selective colleges and universities including: Colgate University, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Illlinois, Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University, among many others.

Pamela Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Southern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. For more information about Pamela Brown or Intellectual Equity, contact (773) 234-6071 or visit www.intellect-equity.com.

Illinois Department of Public Health Recognizes National Youth Violence Prevention Week

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Violence is preventable – Not inevitable


SPRINGFIELD, IL – All this week, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck encourages parents, schools, communities, law enforcement and government leaders to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week by identifying ways to curb youth violence across Illinois. Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for youth 10 to 24 years of age, both nationally and in Illinois. Homicide among people aged 15–24 years accounts for more deaths than from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, birth defects, influenza and pneumonia combined.

“No single intervention will stop every violent act – violent behavior is complex. It involves multiple factors and generally requires a comprehensive approach to address,” said Dr. Hasbrouck, a former medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Violence Prevention and co-author of the Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence (2001). “Violence is preventable, not inevitable, and we must all work together to develop peaceful and productive alternatives to violence.”

Violence increases health care costs, decreases property values, disrupts social services, and threatens the success of businesses. When youth violence occurs, quality of life diminishes, and communities cannot thrive. Youth violence prevention action is critical to the short- and long-term health, safety and viability of a community.

Risk factors that can lead to violence may include past victimization, family conflict, rejection by peers, drugs, alcohol and lack of community involvement. Depression, anxiety and other health problems are all associated with the effects of violence.

Protective factors that can help prevent youth violence include mentoring, parental training and involvement, non-violent conflict resolution, social skills building, and support systems in the community.

Last August, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation creating a six member Youth Violence Prevention Task Force to stem the epidemic of violence impacting today’s youth. Sponsored by State Representative LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) and State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), the task force has been meeting and developing a youth violence prevention strategy that will involve increasing awareness of job opportunities for at-risk youth, assisting religious and community groups and organizations whose mission is to curb violence, and coordinating with mental health providers to assure they are present in communities that need them.

Dr. Hasbrouck encourages Illinoisans to check out the numerous Youth Violence Prevention resources on the IDPH website at www.idph.state.il.us/YouthViolencePrevention/index.htm.

One key element in reducing youth violence involves developing partnerships in communities across the state to prevent violence. IDPH is working to expand and cultivate its public and private partnerships to advance public health in the state, one of the priorities in the IDPH Five Year Strategy 2014-2018. For a copy of the strategic plan, go to www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf.

Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Announce New USATF Partnership With Hershey Through 2020

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Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity

St. Louis, MO (BlackNews.com) – USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Company today announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey. The new program will introduce kids ages 7 through 12 to the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing through track and field. HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, a youth track and field program launched in the 1970s, will transition to the national Run Jump Throw program in early 2015.

Launching in 2015, Run Jump Throw will use a curriculum developed by USATF. Kids around the country will have the opportunity to participate in fun, learning clinic-style events designed to build basic running, jumping and throwing skills and have fun exploring track and field. The program is the key piece of a larger partnership between USATF and Hershey that extends through 2020.

“This new program is a true partnership of two great organizations,” said Bernie Banas, who serves as Hershey’s Vice President of Customer Innovation and HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games board chair. “As Hershey looked at how to expand the reach and impact of our long-standing commitment to youth activity through track and field, we were inspired by the legacy of our founder, Milton Hershey and his commitment to youth development through learning. Through partnering with USA Track & Field, we look forward to creating more learning opportunities and expanding the reach of our track and field program and the sport as a whole.”

“We are thrilled to bring Hershey on board as a long-term partner and are excited about the work we will do together in the youth activity space,” USATF Chief Executive Officer Max Siegel said. “With Run Jump Throw, we are creating a foundational program for track and field as well as all activities and sports. Positively impacting culture and improving lives is something we aspire to achieve, and we couldn’t be more proud to have Hershey as our partner in this effort.”

Siegel and Banas were joined by National Track & Field Hall of Famers Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Carl Lewis in making the announcement Thursday morning at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention in St. Louis, Mo.

Run Jump Throw

Using the volunteer-based model that made HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games successful since 1975, Run Jump Throw events will offer a participation-based model for organizers and participants. USATF will supervise the program. Fundamental skills taught as part of the curriculum will include warm-up, proper running technique for sprinting and distance running, jumping and throwing skills. The clinics will be followed by a “practice meet” for kids to apply their skills.

Children participating in Run Jump Throw will be encouraged to continue to pursue the sport, either through parks and recreation programs, school programs or through USATF clubs and associations.

USATF also will help manage key elements of the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games 2014 North American Final weekend in Hershey, Pa., and webcast the meet live on its online broadcasting portal, usatf.tv, on August 2.

Hershey Support

As part of the partnership, Hershey will support a range of USATF programs. Beginning in 2015, Hershey will underwrite at least 1,000 youth scholarships to provide free USATF memberships to underserved children interested in pursuing track and field. Hershey will also serve as title sponsor for USATF’s Youth Indoor and Outdoor National Championship Track meets, which collectively feature more than 5,000 young athletes with a wide range of abilities. The championships are hosted in different regions of the country each year to enable more youth and families to partake in national competition.

“Having Hershey support our foundational youth programs will help us elevate and expand our outreach to young athletes,” Siegel added. “This partnership will help ensure that underserved children have a pathway to success while providing an experience that generates happiness and inspiration.”

The partnership with Hershey is USATF’s second major, new partnership announcement in the last 14 months. In February 2013, USATF announced Neustar as the sponsor of the .US National Road Racing Championships. The new partnerships mark USATF’s most active and successful sponsorship efforts in more than a decade.


About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org


About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 15,000 employees. With revenues of more than $7.1 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Bliss, Hershey’s Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China, Mexico and Brazil while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company’s founder and funded by a trust administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company’s success.

Photo Caption: Olympic legends Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Carl Lewis join USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Company in announcing the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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