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NACA presenting ‘Youth Employment Gathering’ on Aug. 24

| August 20, 2019
NACA presenting ‘Youth Employment Gathering’ on Aug. 24

Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA) is sponsoring the “Youth Empowerment Gathering” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory, 901 N. Kinlani Road, Flagstaff.

• Be empowered through talks on wellness
• Get to know your peers
• Learn about the importance of coping skills
• Jame out with DJ Jermatik
• Paint with Duane Koyawena

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Children’s Action Alliance — A Look at DCS at Five Years Old

| August 20, 2019
Children’s Action Alliance — A Look at DCS at Five Years Old

By Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) The Department of Child Safety (DCS) was created in June 2014 with the intent to dramatically improve the state’s response when child abuse and neglect is reported. At five years old, progress has certainly been made, however, challenges are constant and plans and opportunities to improve operations are abundant.  As we begin […]

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First Things First — Long-term study shows quality preschool works for generations

| August 20, 2019
First Things First — Long-term study shows quality preschool works for generations

High-quality early education outcomes extend to second generation.

An update to the well-known Perry Preschool study focuses on a new benefit: better outcomes for the original study participants’ own children.  Results show multi-generational impact: participants’ children are also more likely to have better life outcomes when compared to the control group’s children.  

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Workshops & Professional Development Opportunites

| August 20, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Workshops & Professional Development Opportunites

Join Us On Saturday October 18th for a full day of Youth Programming Information

• Nationally recognized experts presenting on the top innovative topics for youth program providers.
• Workshop Tracks on SEL, STEM, program development & leadership, ACES, Trauma care, Quality programming, and More!
• 4+ hours of professional development time
• Networking with your peers
• Awards of Excellence Presentation
• Exhibitors with the latest tools and services for your programs
• Complimentary Lunch

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Please Welcome CAA’s New President and CEO

| August 20, 2019
Please Welcome CAA’s New President and CEO

On behalf of the entire board of directors, I am proud and excited to announce Siman Qaasim as the next President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.  After an extensive and thorough selection process, the board unanimously chose Siman for her dynamic leadership and demonstrated passion to improve children’s health, education, and security. 

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Connections Spotlight: Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces updated Mission, Vision

| August 19, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth announces updated Mission, Vision

FLAGSTAFF — The Board of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth has approved new Mission and Vision statements for the organization.

Mission:
Igniting collective action to cultivate, honor & empower resilient, thriving communities.  

Vision:
We envision a holistic community where all children of Coconino County are increasingly free from trauma experience and all have equitable opportunities that build resiliency.  

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. See related news here

| August 19, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. See related news here

Are youth-serving institutions designed to support adolescents for success as adults? A comprehensive report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says no, documenting an extensive body of research on the importance of adolescent brain development and finding that systems from education to child welfare are ill-equipped to provide what teenagers and young adults need.

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First Things First — Summit 2019: Two weeks left until the Summit

| August 12, 2019
First Things First — Summit 2019: Two weeks left until the Summit

The Summit is two weeks away! Register now and join us for two days of keynote and featured speakers, 80+ breakout sessions on a wide range of early childhood topics, and the opportunity to meet, learn and share strategies that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

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Workshop on the Consequences of Juvenile Justice System Involvement on the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents, Families, and Communities of Color to be held Sept. 26 in Flagstaff

| August 12, 2019
Workshop on the Consequences of Juvenile Justice System Involvement on the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents, Families, and Communities of Color to be held Sept. 26 in Flagstaff

A Workshop on the “Consequences of Juvenile Justice System Involvement on the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents, Families, and Communities of Color” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.

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Education Spotlight: Reading, Writing, and… Mindfulness? Kids Learn Stress-Reducing Technique in School

| August 12, 2019
Education Spotlight: Reading, Writing, and… Mindfulness? Kids Learn Stress-Reducing Technique in School

Kids are heading back to school this month and they’re likely full of first-day jitters, even some anxiety over new teachers and homework. Some schools in Flagstaff are trying to reduce stress in the classroom by giving lessons in mindfulness. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports from a classroom at Flagstaff Junior Academy, where a group of first and second graders are giving it a try.

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