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Community Matters

Beginning in August 2001, IFNL has produced Community Matters, a 15 minute segment of Clemson University's Your Day program on ETV Radio. 

Here are the most recent segments of Community Matters:

April 21, 2008

Strong Communities CAN Keep Kids Safe. Kerry Coffey, director of public information at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) at Clemson University talks with IFNL Director Dr. Gary Melton about the success of Strong Communities. 

April 28, 2008

An act of faith: sheltering children in need of hospitality. Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) at Clemson University talks with Dr. Patricia Motes, IFNL Research Professor, about the success of Strong Communities efforts such as Strong Families designed to help children and families in crisis. SC ETV presents Give me Shelter, a week-long series of television programs focusing on homelessness in South Carolina, April 27-May 3.

May 5, 2008

Housing: a child protection issue. Kerry Coffey, director of public information at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) at Clemson University talks with IFNL Associate Director Dr. Jim McDonell in a follow-up to SC ETV’s Give me Shelter series of television programs focusing on homelessness in South Carolina.

January 29, 2009

A mentor who's made a difference. In recognition of National Mentoring Month in January, Rev. David Taylor, Co-Pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church talks with Clemson University freshman Chardee Anderson and her mentor Carol Stewart, participants in Building Dreams, a program of mentors for children of incarcerated parents sponsored by the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL).  

April 27, 2009

Safe families and other child welfare actions. Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life talks with David Anderson, executive director of the Lydia Home Association, a child-welfare agency based in Chicago for over 90 years.

April 13, 2009

A long view of the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) at Clemson University talks with Richard Krugman, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

May 11, 2009

The mental health of children in post-war Kosovo. Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life talks with Kosovo psychiatrist Ferid Agani, and his daughter Natyra Agani.

May 25, 2009

The child’s perspective on family adversity. Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute for Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) talks with Anne Smith, professor emerita of education at University of Otago. 

Fact Sheets and Websites

Here are fact sheets or Internet links for other topics discussed on Community Matters.

African American Neighborhood and Family Life. 

To see an example of neighborhoods that work, visit the website of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods at

Bowling Alone

Robert Putnam's phrase for the decline of social connections in American Neighborhoods.  Learn more at

Child Care

Quality Childcare: What Does it Look Like? For information about quality childcare, go to This is the web page for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

What Should Parents Look For in Child Care? For more information on how to evaluate child care or to locate child care providers, call 1-800424-2246 (Child Care Aware) or go to

Child Care Resource and Referral Programs. There are over 400 Child Care Resource and Referral Programs in the United States and four of these are in South Carolina. You can locate the agency nearest you by putting in your zip code on the Child Care Aware web page. For information about the Child Care Resource and Referral agency affiliated with the Trident United Way, go to

For information about South Carolina quality standards, go to the SC Department of Social Services ( or the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (

Child Poverty and Welfare 

To learn more about child poverty visit the website of the National Center for Children in Poverty at

Civic Knowledge and Civic Engagement of Youth

Citizenship and Education in Twenty-Eight Countries: Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen is a report that contains the results of a cross-national study that examined the civic knowledge, engagement, and attitudes of 14-year-old students in 28 democratic countries. The report, written by Judith Torney-Purta (University of Maryland, College of Education), Rainer Lehmann, Hans Oswald, and Wolfram Schulz, is available online at

Coping With Disaster

For more information on helping children cope with disaster, visit these web sites.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychological Association

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
at the Medical University of South Carolina
The National Institute of Mental Health

Creating Safe and Humane Schools

Learn more about keeping children safe at school.

The Bullying Prevention Program: Background and Program Overview.

Faith-Based Organizations and Community Development

Read about the role of church and faith-based organizations in community development (link) .

Families Facing Exceptional Challenges

Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities -- for more information, visit the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) website or the Beach Center on Disability website at the University of Kansas.

Families of Adults with Mental Illnesses and Children with Emotional Disturbances -- for more information about the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, visit their website. Also, the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in South Carolina has a toll-free Helpline for Families number, 1-800-788-5131.

Other information can be obtained at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law website.

Grandparents and Grandchildren

For a free "Tips for Grandparents" brochure, call Prevent Child Abuse Greenville at 1-800-917-KIDS (5437).

International Issues

Here are several interesting sources on international issues

Changing Demographics of the United States
Greenville Japanese Saturday School
International Law, Human Rights, Women, Children and Families


Read these fact sheets to learn more about literacy.

Adult Literacy
Family Literacy
Health Literacy

Neighborhood Watch Programs Protect Neighborhoods

The National Sheriff's Association has a page on its website about neighborhood watch programs called "USA on Watch." You can click here for information (

Parish Nursing

For more information about parish nursing, go to the Health Ministry page of the Partner's for a Healthy Community website (

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

For more information, see the following

The Crisis in Child Protection: How the System Developed and How It Should Be Reformed Need
The Child Protective Services System: Who's In It, and How Can They Be Helped?
Healthy Families South Carolina

Rural Issues

Here are several facts sheets on rural issues.

Rural Life: An Overview
Rural Life Today: Defining "Rural"
Rural Life Today
Rural Crime Facts

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Here are several resources on teen pregnancy.

Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
Results of Pathways Teen Mother Support Project Continue to Look Promising
Visit the website of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

U.N. Special Session on Children, May 2002

For more information about the United Nations General Assembly's Special Session on Children, visit the following websites.
Child Rights Information Network

What's Happening in 4-H?

For more information about the 4-H program, click here.

Why Are Our Kids Unhappy?

Today's young adults are living in the age of anxiety, according to a study by Jean Twenge that was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. For a copy of a news release about this article written by staff at Case Western Reserve University,

Youth Gangs in South Carolina

For a report on youth gangs in South Carolina, go here.

Youth Participation

For information on youth participation, go here.

Youth Spiritual Development

Here are several resources on spiritual development among youth.

Children's Spiritual Development
Youth Participation in Religious Activities

Sue LimberIFNL Professor Honored by APA

August 2011 - Dr. Susan Limber, Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor, recently received the 2011 Distinguished Career Award from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Psychologists in Public Service.

Limber's work on prevention of bullying has been recognized as exemplary by three federal agencies, and it has served as the basis for the federally funded design of a national public information campaign.  In further recognition of this work, Limber received the APA's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest in 2004.  Prof. Limber's consultation on the media campaign, "Stop Bullying Now," also was recognized with a National Telly Award and an Award of Excellence from the National Associaiton of Government Communicators.  She is a past chair of the APA Committee on Children.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program founder honored

August 2011 - Dan Olweus, PhD, adjunct faculty member of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, is the recipient of the 2011 American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. Honored for his lifelong commitment to understand bullying among children and to create safe and humane school settings, Dr. Olweus is recognized as a world expert and pioneer in research on bully/victim problems.  He is a global leader in raising awareness about the nature and prevalence of bullying, its potentially serious consequences and the adult behaviors that allow bullying to occur.

Dr. Olweus developed an internationally recognized bullying-prevention program while a psychology professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, schoolwide program designed for use in elementary, middle or junior high schools. The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life is leading efforts in the United States to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Jill McLeighIFNL Student Honored by APA

August 2011 - Jill McLeigh, a PhD student in Clemson's International Family and Community Studies program, was named the 2011 Outstanding Student by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Psychologists in Public Service for her work to improve the wellbeing of immigrants and refugees, people with mental illnesses and families of young children.  McLeigh, currently an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, is coordinating a project in military sociology, focusing in part on the well-being of military families.

IFNL Staff and Family and Community Studies Certificate Graduate Selected as Presidential Management Fellow Finalist

April 2011 - Lori Bailey, IFNL staff and graduate of Clemson University's Masters in Public Administration Program and the International Family and Community Studies Certificate Program, is one of two Clemson University graduate students that have been named as finalists in the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.  The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program that seeks to empower future government leaders.  For more information about the Presidential Management Fellows Program, please visit:

IFNL Student Receives the Vera Paster Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association

October 2009 - Arelis Moore de Peralta (MD, MPH, MEd), Doctoral (PhD) Student in International Family and Community Studies, was honored for her dedication and creativity in developing and implementing services for Latino families in Upstate South Carolina.  As a part-time graduate assistant, she has led the development of a community center - Cafe' Cultura - in an area with a dramatically increased Hispanic population and few ethnically specific services.  Cafe' Cultura has several ambitious goals:  to enhance a sense of belonging, nurture supportive relationships, increase knowledge of community resources, develop indigenous leadership, and establish partnerships for linguistically and culturally appropriate studies.  Dr. Moore has impressively engaged undergraduate Spanish-language students in services to recent immigrants.  With humanistic values, expertise in public health, and broad education in community life, Dr. Moore shows great promise as a leader in strengthening communities and promoting mental health.

Susan Limber named to Olweus ProfessorshipSue Limber

May 2009 - Susan P. Limber has been named the first Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. The newly established professorship will focus on the prevention of bullying and other forms of aggression toward children.

Dr. Limber’s appointment to the professorship marks 10 years of national leadership in bullying prevention by IFNL. The institute has led in the development of a network of research-based programs for bullying prevention, serving as the hub for dissemination of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the US.

The professorship is established in recognition of Dr. Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen, Norway. Olweus is an internationally recognized scholar on bullying prevention. The professorship is made possible by contributions of a team of authors of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program materials, including Clemson University faculty members, and program directors for the Olweus program in the US.

Professor Limber’s work on the prevention of bullying served as the scientific foundation for the design of a national public information campaign. The Stop Bullying Now! web-based campaign is currently in its fifth year. The campaign has achieved 14,000 airings of public service announcements seen by 150 million Americans, the viewing of DVDs by children in 66,000 schools, and up to 20,000 visits per week to the website.

Limber and CU psychology professor, Robin Kowalski, researched the phenomenon of cyber bullying, resulting in a published book and development of a school curriculum.

Formerly a James Marshall Public Policy Fellow for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Limber has focused her research and writing on legal and psychological issues related to youth violence, child protection, and children’s rights. She received the Saleem Shah Award from the American Psychology-Law Society for early career excellence in law and policy. Limber received the APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest for her work with the national public information campaign.

She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MA, Master of Legal Studies, and PhD from the University of Nebraska.

IFNL Receives Ittleson AwardItelson award

April 2009 - The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life was awarded the Blanche F. Ittleson Award by the American Orthopsychiatric Association for its “innovation, leadership, and dedication in the design, implementation, and study of strategies to strengthen community support for families in South Carolina, the Nation, and the World.”

Noting the respect for human rights in which IFNL work is grounded, Ortho recognized the emphasis on personal and social significance of the protection of relationships in the family and community.  With the award, Ortho recognized that the IFNL design of strategies relies on the transformation – and sometimes development of - primary community institutions. These strategies have the common element of ensuring that “people don’t have to ask” for help in everyday settings. Relying on “natural” community assets, IFNL faculty and staff have applied this idea in building and evaluating systems for personal safety and family support in schools, early childhood centers, churches, grassroots organizations, and whole communities.

Systems developed by IFNL are capable of responding to the needs of adolescent parents, recent immigrants, families of prisoners, and families in crisis, according to the citation. Not only have immediate needs been met in ways that are respectful of communities, but IFNL has provided models useful in diverse cultural contexts. IFNL has also developed a unique international doctoral program and related partnerships abroad.

Video Lectures

Robin Kimbrough-Melton on Building Dreams.
Doris Cole on Strong Communities.
Mark Small on Compassion Grants.
Sue Limber on Bullying Prevention.