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  1. Organization Overview: The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is a non-profit organization made up of scientists, educators, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, foundation representatives, and affiliated organizations. We work in a nonpartisan manner with Congressional offices and Caucuses, and collaborate with like-minded groups and federal agency administrators (e.g., NIH, SAMHSA, ONDCP, OJJDP, CDC) in a mutual advisory capacity. Coalition members share a common goal of promoting validated science-based findings to wide-scale effective implementation of prevention practices and policies to improve the lives of children, adolescents, their families and communities. We work across sectors to address challenges in mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, adverse environmental influences and social conditions that contribute to chronic illness and social ills. Our work includes congressional briefings, major projects, and informative products such as policy papers, op-eds, and fact sheets for the public and private sectors. Job Qualifications Accepting an undergraduate/graduate student or volunteer interested in public policy, federal advocacy, and any areas of our concern (see above). Candidate must have excellent research, organization, oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with Prevention Science and an interest in poverty concerns is required. Preference will be given to those who live in the D.C. area since travel to Congress at times would be helpful, though not a necessity. Job Description The student or volunteer will work closely with all members of the NPSC policy committee. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Assist our policy related efforts by: Conducting relevant research (e.g. tracking federal legislation, monitoring “google alerts” for potential leads), Contacting Congressional staffers via phone/email and providing our informative materials, Organizing and attending meetings between staffers in order to promote ideas related to our mission, Organizing and attending events such as congressional briefings, hearings, and Capitol Hill days. Develop policy-related fact sheets, op-eds, and policy briefs on topics related to our mission, specifically poverty. Provide staff with support in research and analysis of various topics, organizations, and key players in the field. Attend conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the NPSC. Assist with our newly developed poverty project Provide any other support to the Co-Directors and staff as needed. Anticipated Time Commitment (hours per week): Minimum 5 hours per week (volunteer); minimum 10 hours per week (student) Compensation: If you are applying as a volunteer, this position is unpaid. If you are a student, you may receive credit. Location: Candidate may work from home. However, preference may be given to someone that is able to travel to D.C. If travel is needed, the candidate will be reimbursed for all associated costs. Expected START DATE: Students will be hired for employment on the academic semester schedule for fall, winter, or spring terms. Volunteers will be accepted at any time. Expected END DATE: One semester for a student; No end date for a volunteer Organization URL (includes links to Facebook and Twitter): www.npscoalition.org Application Procedure: Please send a resume, list of references, and cover letter expressing interest in the position by email to Dr. Neil Wollman at Nwollman@bentley.edu. Application deadline is rolling.
  2. Organization Overview: The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is a non-profit organization made up of scientists, educators, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, foundation representatives, and affiliated organizations. We work in a nonpartisan manner with Congressional offices and Caucuses, and collaborate with like-minded groups and federal agency administrators (e.g., NIH, SAMHSA, ONDCP, OJJDP, CDC) in a mutual advisory capacity. Coalition members share a common goal of promoting validated science-based findings to wide-scale effective implementation of prevention practices and policies to improve the lives of children, adolescents, their families and communities. We work across sectors to address challenges in mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, adverse environmental influences and social conditions that contribute to chronic illness and social ills. Our work includes congressional briefings, major projects, and informative products such as policy papers, op-eds, and fact sheets for the public and private sectors. Job Qualifications Accepting an undergraduate/graduate student or volunteer interested in public policy, federal advocacy, and any areas of our concern (see above). Candidate must have excellent research, organization, oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with Prevention Science and an interest in poverty concerns is required. Preference will be given to those who live in the D.C. area since travel to Congress at times would be helpful, though not a necessity. Job Description The student or volunteer will work closely with all members of the NPSC policy committee. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Assist our policy related efforts by: Conducting relevant research (e.g. tracking federal legislation, monitoring “google alerts” for potential leads), Contacting Congressional staffers via phone/email and providing our informative materials, Organizing and attending meetings between staffers in order to promote ideas related to our mission, Organizing and attending events such as congressional briefings, hearings, and Capitol Hill days. Develop policy-related fact sheets, op-eds, and policy briefs on topics related to our mission, specifically poverty. Provide staff with support in research and analysis of various topics, organizations, and key players in the field. Attend conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the NPSC. Assist with our newly developed poverty project Provide any other support to the Co-Directors and staff as needed. Anticipated Time Commitment (hours per week): Minimum 5 hours per week (volunteer); minimum 10 hours per week (student) Compensation: If you are applying as a volunteer, this position is unpaid. If you are a student, you may receive credit. Location: Candidate may work from home. However, preference may be given to someone that is able to travel to D.C. If travel is needed, the candidate will be reimbursed for all associated costs. Expected START DATE: Students will be hired for employment on the academic semester schedule for fall, winter, or spring terms. Volunteers will be accepted at any time. Expected END DATE: One semester for a student; No end date for a volunteer Organization URL (includes links to Facebook and Twitter): www.npscoalition.org Application Procedure: Please send a resume, list of references, and cover letter expressing interest in the position by email to Dr. Neil Wollman at Nwollman@bentley.edu. Application deadline is rolling.
  3. PAID Georgetown Study!

    The Pennsylvania State University and Georgetown University’s Medical Center are seeking children between the ages of 11 and 13 and their parent/guardian to take part in a study about adolescent brain development. The goal of this study is to find out what leads some youths to misuse drugs or alcohol and how that affects the brain. To be eligible, the Youth Must: be between 11-13 years old not have begun to use drugs or alcohol never have suffered a serious head injury not have metal implants inside the body or non removable metal braces What is involved in participation? The study involves 2 sessions of data collection performed three times over 3 years. During each visit, researchers will ask the youth questions about their behavior, personality, cognitive ability, experiences, and any drug or alcohol use. Adult caregivers will be asked similar questions in a separate room. The youth will be asked to take several thinking tests and play games that assess cognitive, behavioral, and emotional abilities. Non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans will be used to measure brain activity and structure. Each visit will take between 2-3 hours to complete. Compensation: Eligible youth participants paid: Up to $195 in gift cards for participation in all 6 visits. ($20 for the first visit alone) Parent/Guardian paid: Up to $310 in cash for participation in all 6 visits. ($40 for the first visit alone) Your child will also receive a T-shirt with picture of his/her brain! We will pay for all travel and parking. Contact Information: If you are interested, contact us via email at ADS@georgetown.edu or by phone at 202-687-4012.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ A study coordinator will ask questions that will take about 10 minutes over the phone. You will receive a $20 check just for completing the phone survey even if you are not eligible. If you are eligible you will be scheduled for your first visit to Georgetown University.
  4. As with any research study, the results may be published but no participants names or any identifying information will be included.
  5. The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the application of validated, science-based findings to wide-scale, effective implementation of prevention practices and policies. Prevention Science addresses individual and societal problems before they develop and encourages a wellness approach to positive childhood, adolescent, family and community outcomes. It informs decision makers as to what practices are most effective and cost beneficial in order to ensure that children and adolescents lead healthy and successful lives. From a prevention mentality, the NPSC addresses several areas of concern, such as mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, environmental influences, and adverse social conditions that contribute to major chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease) that originate in childhood and become compounded in adulthood. We are comprised of prominent scientists (across disciplines), educators, community stakeholders, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, advocates, and foundation representatives. We work in a bipartisan manner with Congressional offices, Caucuses, federal agency administrators (e.g., NIH, SAMHSA, ONDCP, and CDC), and like-minded groups and organizations. Overall, we aim to encourage an understanding and acceptance by public and private sectors of the evidence accumulated by Prevention Science and related fields, thus leading to policies that enable wide-scale adoption and implementation of effective practices by community and child/adolescent-serving systems (e.g., education, child welfare, juvenile justice) for improving mental, behavioral, and physical health. We currently have an assistant level, half-time position available to further develop the Coalition and support its activities. The assistant will be involved with a wide range of activities geared toward further establishing the infrastructure of this new Coalition. Roughly 10 hours a week will be dedicated to communication activities (newsletter development, social media, website, & development of communications committee) while the rest of the time the candidate will manage operational tasks. The candidate will report to the Coalition Coordinator and weekly phone meetings/frequent email communication will be required. This position will end on June 30th, however further funding and job performance may extend the length of time. Qualifications: The position strongly prefers the candidate to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Computer Technology, Psychology, Business Administration, or a related field with at least one year of direct experience in some of the tasks outlined below (e.g. writing/editing, social media management, etc.). Current college students will be considered as well. Knowledge of prevention science is desired but not required. Required Skills: Technologically savvy: e.g., proficient with excel, word processing, power point, wix (for our website), newsletter software (constant contact), and other software used for publication purposes and database management. Taking the initiative: e.g., figuring out how to develop and maintain a newsletter, how to livestream, how to edit and populate the website, etc. Extremely Detail Oriented: e.g., entering data accurately, tracking activities and accomplishments, etc. Exceptional language and editing skills: e.g., posting on social media, reviewing language for announcements, brochures, etc. Ability to problem solve without supervision (e.g. technological issues) Creative design and visual skills Time management and organizational skills Notetaking skills Ability to be flexible and adapt to fluctuating tasks Pleasant and effective phone and e-mail etiquette Tasks may include but are not limited to: Social Media: Assist with the social media presence (e.g. Increase exposure via social media by finding relevant posts daily and increasing followers on twitter, facebook, youtube, and linkedin page) Website Development/Management: Provide assistance with updates to the NPSC website. Review google analytics and make suggestions for improvement Newsletter production: Collect, organize, research, and write/edit relevant material. Research: Assist with background research for various projects and tasks Outreach & materials: Assist in the production and editing of company materials (e.g. brochure, op-eds, handouts, business cards, etc.) Membership/Affiliates: Help NPSC increase membership (goal: 500 individuals and 50 organizations) and develop strategies to increase collaboration (e.g. data collection and entry for various databases) Committee Support: NPSC has a number of committees (Policy, Translational Science, Implementation, Finance, Fundraising, Communications, Violence Prevention working group, & Poverty working group) with committee chairs who may request assistance with activities and projects. Congressional Briefings: Provide administrative support in the areas of logistics, communication, and technology. This occurs in DC roughly every 2-3 months. Administrative Support: Mailings, copying, ordering supplies, etc. Other Activities: Other activities may be requested, based on the skill level and interest of the applicant (e.g. event planning, research funding opportunities, project evaluation opportunities) For more information about the NPSC, visit www.npscoalition.org. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Coalition Coordinator: Jessica Bair jbair@c-trans.org
  6. The Pennsylvania State University and Georgetown University’s Medical Center are seeking children between the ages of 11 and 13 and their parent/guardian to take part in a study about adolescent brain development. The goal of this study is to find out what leads some youths to misuse drugs or alcohol and how that affects the brain. To be eligible, the Youth Must: be between 11-13 years old not have begun to use drugs or alcohol never have suffered a serious head injury not have metal implants inside the body or non removable metal braces What is involved in participation? The study involves 2 sessions of data collection performed three times over 3 years. During each visit, researchers will ask the youth questions about their behavior, personality, cognitive ability, experiences, and any drug or alcohol use. Adult caregivers will be asked similar questions in a separate room. The youth will be asked to take several thinking tests and play games that assess cognitive, behavioral, and emotional abilities. Non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans will be used to measure brain activity and structure. Each visit will take between 2-3 hours to complete. Compensation: Eligible youth participants paid: Up to $195 in gift cards for participation in all 6 visits. ($20 for the first visit alone) Parent/Guardian paid: Up to $310 in cash for participation in all 6 visits. ($40 for the first visit alone) Your child will also receive a T-shirt with picture of his/her brain! We will pay for all travel and parking. Contact Information: If you are interested, contact us via email at ADS@georgetown.edu or by phone at 202-687-4012.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ A study coordinator will ask questions that will take about 10 minutes over the phone. You will receive a $20 check just for completing the phone survey even if you are not eligible. If you are eligible you will be scheduled for your first visit to Georgetown University.
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