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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Strategy to Improve Early Childhood Education – Elevate PreK

| November 10, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Strategy to Improve Early Childhood Education – Elevate PreK

Family support services in Flagstaff lack any coordinated infrastructure which produces inequities for families and their children.  
 
LAUNCH Flagstaff’s solution is to convene service providers with families, who are at the center of those conversations.  Together they take collaborative action toward building capacity for families to support optimal socio-emotional development for their children.

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Children’s Action Alliance — The impact of COVID-19 on youth aging out of foster care

| November 3, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — The impact of COVID-19 on youth aging out of foster care

Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ), a group of young leaders with lived experience in the child welfare system, conducted two surveys during the pandemic: one of foster and former foster youth ages 14 to 26 and one of adult providers and allies.

Some of the results:

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In Times of Trouble, United Way of Northern Arizona is There

| October 27, 2020
In Times of Trouble, United Way of Northern Arizona is There

What do W. L. Gore & Associates, Wells Fargo, Northern Arizona University, Kinney Construction, Nestle Purina, the City of Flagstaff and Navajo County all have in common?

They are a handful of the companies and organizations that have lent their best and brightest to serve on the United Way of Northern Arizona Board of Directors.

This year we are proud to say that we have 100% participation by our 22-member board in this year’s Annual Campaign.

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Connections Spotlight — Expect More Arizona / Association for Supportive Child Care — When you vote, consider our most vulnerable and disconnected youth

| October 27, 2020
Connections Spotlight — Expect More Arizona / Association for Supportive Child Care — When you vote, consider our most vulnerable and disconnected youth

It’s hard for some Arizonans to imagine. But there are communities all over the state where families can’t get internet, or even reliable phone service. Most of us can’t picture going through life without that, but for many, it’s a daily reality. Driving to the top of a hill to get cell service; hour-long bus rides to get to school; roads that are virtually unpassable in the winter. And for those on tribal communities the challenges might be even more basic – many households lack running water or electricity, or both.

As you cast your ballot this year, keep them in mind. These are some of our most vulnerable populations and they need the support and resources that both government and nonprofit groups provide.

Whatever your concerns are, they can be reflected in your vote. For rural communities in Arizona, there are resources and support, but at times, the resources available aren’t always reflective of the community’s immediate needs. During the pandemic, as teachers often do, many teachers continue to use their personal devices and other self-purchased tools to make it through this year.

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Become a CASA Volunteer Information Zoom Session to be held Oct. 28

| October 26, 2020
Become a CASA Volunteer Information Zoom Session to be held Oct. 28

CASA of Coconino County will present information sessions on Zoom on Oct. 9, 14, 19 and 28.

CASA volunteers are everyday people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Join us to learn ho you could change a child’s story.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

| October 6, 2020
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a community tragedy, not a private problem. [WSCADV, 2000]. Domestic Violence occurs in all communities and across all genders, races, and economic classes. Coconino County is no exception. When battered individuals gather enough courage to make attempts to get to safety, they often fall short because many institutions, systems, and people don’t recognize the symptoms or the risks, understand what can be done, or know how to help. Since we all encounter battered individuals daily, we should feel empowered to have a role in the movement to end domestic violence.

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Serious Adverse Drug Events associated with the “Benadryl Challenge”

| October 6, 2020
Serious Adverse Drug Events associated with the “Benadryl Challenge”

The FDA has issued a Drug Safety Communication (DSC) to alert clinicians about recent reports of teenagers taking higher than recommended doses of diphenhydramine (Benadryl(r)) in response to a video challenge that appeared on the social medial platform called TikTok. TikTok is a website and phone application that enables users to share short videos on any topic.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

| September 29, 2020
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a community tragedy, not a private problem. [WSCADV, 2000]. Domestic Violence occurs in all communities and across all genders, races, and economic classes. Coconino County is no exception. When battered individuals gather enough courage to make attempts to get to safety, they often fall short because many institutions, systems, and people don’t recognize the symptoms or the risks, understand what can be done, or know how to help. Since we all encounter battered individuals daily, we should feel empowered to have a role in the movement to end domestic violence.

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Children’s Action Network — Register to Vote. Deadline is Oct. 5

| September 29, 2020
Children’s Action Network — Register to Vote. Deadline is Oct. 5

Children cannot vote, but we can. Arizona’s children are counting on all eligible voters to raise their voices and vote for candidates and ballot measures that will improve the quality of life for families and future generations. Monday, October 5 is the last day to register to vote. To register to vote, click here, or to update your current voter information for the upcoming election on November 3, please click here.

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CASA of Arizona Celebrates 35 years

| September 29, 2020
CASA of Arizona Celebrates 35 years

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) have been standing up for children in Arizona’s foster care system for 35 years. CASA volunteers are everyday people who get to know the kids they are appointed to, talk with everyone involved in the case and help judges identify the best outcome for the child. More than 25,000 children in Arizona have benefitted from having a CASA volunteer on their side.

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