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Assistant Deputy Secretary to Partipate in Panel Discussions on Public Health and Community Safety, and Teen Dating Violence Pre

Posted Feb 09 2011 11:21am

Contact:   Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: February 10, 2011 09:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Date 2: February 10, 2011 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will participate in two panel discussions on Thursday, Feb. 10. At 9 a.m., he will take part in a panel discussion on the future of public health and community safety at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 21st annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md. At noon, Jennings will discuss teen dating violence prevention during a Capitol Hill Briefing in the U.S. Capitol.

The CADCA forum will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor. Jennings will address the importance of a safe, supportive school environment and its impact on academic performance. The forum, moderated by NBC News 4 Anchor Jim Vance, will bring together community leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.

CADCA is among the nation’s leading drug-abuse prevention organizations, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country. Since 1992, it has been training community anti-drug coalitions in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and to develop a comprehensive plan to address them.

The topic of the Capitol Hill Briefing is “Teen Dating Violence: Why Middle School Matters.” During the middle school years, many youth begin dating or start establishing romantic or sexual relationships for the first time. Thus, these years offer key moments for education and prevention of teen dating violence. This briefing is being held during “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” which was created by a resolution championed by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga.. The resolution dedicates the entire month of February to the issue of teen violence and is aimed at educating the public about this debilitating problem among our young people.

The briefing is hosted by Sen. Crapo; Congressman Lewis; Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Wis.; the Family Violence Prevention Fund; Jewish Women International; Break the Cycle; MTV; Liz Claiborne, Inc.; Men Can Stop Rape; and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. The panel of speakers will discuss promising initiatives that communities, schools and parents can use to address teen dating violence, as well as federal policies and their implications from the field.

*Note: If there is a Ways and Means hearing during this time on Thursday, the briefing will be held in the Atrium of the Capitol Visitors Center.

Event 1
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education Participation in CADCA National Leadership Forum 9 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
Potomac Ballroom
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, Md.
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Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Wis. Participation in Capitol Hill Briefing Noon EST Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 U.S. Capitol
Room H-137*
Washington, D.C.
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