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Children’s Action Alliance — Abortion is More Than Health Care

| June 28, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — Abortion is More Than Health Care

Children’s Action Alliance envisions an Arizona where all children and families can thrive. We cannot stay silent about today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

Today’s decision will not stop abortion in our state – not for those with resources. But it will prevent Arizonans from exercising their right to make informed decisions about their health care, maintain autonomy over their bodies, and to choose when and how to start a family. 

Abortion is health care – and it’s so much more. Abortion is financial security. It’s an education. It’s the ability to plan for a better future. Without that choice, Arizonans will continue to fall prey to a system that’s designed to benefit those with means by harming those without.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — See Where the Candidates Stand on Issues

| June 28, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — See Where the Candidates Stand on Issues

Each election cycle, Children’s Action Alliance and The Arizona Center for Economic Progress invite candidates for legislative office to complete a questionnaire on the policies that are important for children and our economy.

We help to connect voters with the candidates who share their priorities, and we are proud to provide non-partisan information to educate voters about the well-being of all Arizonans, especially children and families.

Questionnaires that were filled in and returned to CAA are listed in BOLD and hyperlinked.

As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, we do not endorse candidates. Our role is to ask questions and provide you with answers as they have been submitted so you can choose who to support.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Budget Proposal Shortchanges Arizona Children and Families

| June 28, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — Budget Proposal Shortchanges Arizona Children and Families

The Arizona legislature is considering a new state budget proposal this week as they seek to avoid a state government shutdown with only 8 days remaining before the deadline. While we wish we could praise this budget proposal for including some new investments that we have been seeking for many years, unfortunately, those new investments do not outweigh the fact that overall, this is a budget that shortchanges the future for Arizona children and families. 

State lawmakers have an unprecedented $5 billion revenue surplus on-hand as they work to craft the state budget. The revenue surplus provides an opportunity to make much-needed new investments for things that have been underfunded for years, like K-12 public education, children’s access to health care, and early childhood education. It also requires lawmakers to make fiscally responsible decisions that will avoid huge budget cuts the next time there is an economic downturn.  

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CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for June 29, 2022

| June 28, 2022
CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for June 29, 2022

View this email in your browser June 29, 2022 Update  

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Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation — Two AFFCF Scholarship opportunities! Deadlines 6/30/22

| June 21, 2022
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation — Two AFFCF Scholarship opportunities! Deadlines 6/30/22

AFFCF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OPEN!
AFFCF Scholarship Program

Scholarship program for college students who reached (or will reach) age 18 as wards of the State of Arizona or in tribal foster care.

The AFFCF Scholarship application will be open the entire month of June for students who will be enrolling in college for the Fall 2022 semester. Current college students and first-time college students should consider applying!

Who should apply?
Students pursuing undergraduate degrees at community colleges or universities
Must have reached (or will reach) age 18 in foster care (DCS or tribal in AZ)
Must be under the age of 25 when they apply
Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or have earned their GED
Must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours in the Fall 2022 semester
One letter of recommendation (from any reference) is required

How to apply?

The AFFCF Scholarship application is an online application and the online application saves students’ work automatically, so students can log in and out as needed before submitting by 6/30/22 at the latest.

The letter of recommendation can be uploaded to the application or requested through the application itself by e-mailing the reference. If an applicant e-mails a reference on 6/30/22, the reference will have until 7/10/22 to upload the letter to the system.

DEADLINE ALERT! Deadline: 6/30/22

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Register today to be a ‘Community Voice’

| June 21, 2022
Register today to be a ‘Community Voice’

Registering to be a “Community Voice” will permit Building Community to periodically email you to inquire about your perspective on community strengths and challenges. Insights may be shared with state, county and local organizations and decision makers.

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CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for June 22, 2022

| June 21, 2022
CCC&Y Weekly Newsletter Update for June 22, 2022

CCC&Y, Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

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Children’s Action Alliance — We’re hiring!

| June 14, 2022
Children’s Action Alliance — We’re hiring!

Children’s Action Alliance and The Arizona for Economic Progress are hiring for a few positions on the development and communications team!

If you or someone you know:

Cares deeply about community impact work with a focus on equity, children and families, and sustainable solutions?
Is self-directed and appreciate operating in support of a team?
Has a very high standard for professional performance and personal integrity?
Is looking for an organization to work for where your ideas matter and employees are recognized and rewarded for excellence?
Wants to help shape Arizona’s future?
Be a changemaker and apply for positions that match your skills, experience, and desired interest to help us improve the well-being of all Arizonans.

Check out the job postings for these opportunities to learn more about how you can join our organization and make a difference in the lives of Arizona children, families, and communities. 

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United Way of Northern Arizona — A Change is Coming

| June 14, 2022
United Way of Northern Arizona — A Change is Coming

It is with mixed emotions that I send you this message, because change – even when it’s welcome – often isn’t easy.

Earlier this week, I let the Board of Directors of United Way of Northern Arizona and the amazing staff of this organization know that I plan to retire by the end of this year.

The exact timing isn’t set – I plan to offer what assistance I can as the Board searches for my replacement, and will continue for however long is needed to ensure a smooth transition for my successor.

Even though it’s still several months off and even though I’m truly looking forward to the next chapter, I have to admit it’s hard to imagine my life after UWNA. I’ve been a proud member of this organization for 24 years. (I met my husband through a workplace campaign, for goodness sake.) It has been a profound pleasure to work alongside you as together we have improved community conditions, responded to emergencies, and made the future a brighter place for so many in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties.

In fact, the overwhelming emotion I feel reflecting on the past 24 years is gratitude.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| June 14, 2022
Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Republican legislative leadership and Governor Ducey have negotiated a proposed state budget and are trying to whip enough votes to pass it before the June 30 deadline.

According to media reports, the budget includes more money for border security than for public education spending.

AEA is reviewing the proposed budget and will release an analysis soon. At a glance, it looks like only small increases to the education budget despite the state having a $5.3 billion surplus.

While the proposed budget includes raises for other public employees, none of the funding is dedicated towards educators’ pay raises. Instead, it proposes to eliminate the Teacher Experience Index which would mean a $20 million cut towards helping schools retain veteran teachers. This cut will be devastating for rural districts at a time when schools are facing a severe teacher shortage crisis.

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