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Highlights – May/June 2009

Highlights – May/June 2009

The Teen Advisory Board of INOBTR took their message on the road in May by attending POINTFEST at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. This all day event, hosted by KPNT – The POINT, offered the teens a chance to sign up others for the INOBTR safety tips newsletter. Over 500 teens and young adults signed up for the monthly tips. dsc001972The Teen Advisory Board, made possible by the support of the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, is made up of teens from around the St. Louis area. This event was a perfect outlet for INOBTR as Emmis Broadcasting, parent company of the POINT is also an ardent supporter of INOBTR by airing our radio PSAs on all of the sister stations in St. Louis. Thanks again to John Beck and all the folks at Emmis for their continued support.

 

May also found INOBTR leading a “Teens and Technology” track at the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association’s Spring Conference. The Mission of the MO. Juvenile Justice Association is to promote justice for children, youth and families. We were honored to be able to lead this track for Juvenile Officers, Prosecutors, and child advocates. There was a great exchange of what kids are doing online and how we can all help kids stay safe by staying up on technology and keeping the lines of communication open. dsc00194Featured speakers in the track included: Lt. Joe Laramie, MO-ICAC, Detective Brigid Oldani and Detective Brian Mize from RCCEEG, Detective Lawrence McClain from the St. Charles Cyber Crime Unit, and Detective Andy Anderson from Mid-Missouri Cyber Crime Unit, Lisa Bell, MA – psychologist with Bell Psychological Services and Jerri Sites, MA, Child Protection Concepts. The Missouri Juvenile Justice Association is a great organization helping promote justice for the children of Missouri.

 

INOBTR combined with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Conference in San Jose, California to promote the National PSA campaign launched last November. Over 200 agencies received information on utilizing the PSA campaign in their community. Full information about the campaign can be seen at http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/ and the entire innovative program at  http://www.stopanonlinepredator.org/.

 

We know the economy has been a challenge to everyone and INOBTR has been seeking funding like all worthy charities.  Several stimulus packages, Federal Grants and opportunities were on the table and June became a month of grant writing. For many of those opportunities it is now a “wait and see” time. We know a lot of great organizations applied for these same grants. If you wish to make a tax-deductable donation to INOBTR – click here.