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Jan. 10-11 — Big Brothers Big Sisters Yavapai will present its Mentoring Symposium 2020 in Prescott

| January 7, 2020
Jan. 10-11 — Big Brothers Big Sisters Yavapai will present its Mentoring Symposium 2020 in Prescott

Register Today for the Power of Mentoring Symposium at azbigs.org

We have all experienced mentoring in some form, at some point, in our lives. The Power of Mentoring Symposium, hosted by Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, in partnership with APS, offers seminars Jan. 11 at the Prescott Resort on mentoring for all ages and situations: Education, counseling, nonprofits, workplace, trauma-informed, faith-based and more.

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Prevention Spotlight: Worried About Your Friend?

| January 6, 2020
Prevention Spotlight: Worried About Your Friend?

If you’ve noticed someone in your life showing signs of a mental or substance use disorder, the first thing you should do is talk to them. It’s not an easy conversation, but it could be exactly the encouragement they need to seek help.

By using one of these conversation starters, you can open the door to a judgment-free zone where they’ll feel valued, supported, and listened to.

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Upcoming CCC&Y Events and Activities

| January 1, 2020
Upcoming CCC&Y Events and Activities

Upcoming CCC&Y Events and Activities: 2020 Monthly Board and Membership Meetings: *Held the third Monday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Coconino County Health District, 2625 N. King St., Ponderosa Room, Flagstaff * Meetings subject to change due to holidays. Visit https://news.coconinokids.org for the latest update. 2020 Monthly CCC&Y Committee Meetings: CCC&Y Action and Outreach […]

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2020 Legislative, Media Contacts

| January 1, 2020
2020 Legislative, Media Contacts

Your Voice Want to express your feelings about the state of education? Please try these handy links. Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills: Request to Speak   Quick links —  Click here to contact the White House Click here to contact the U.S. Congress Click here to contact Arizona elected officials Click here to […]

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y awarded Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County

| December 16, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y awarded Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County

CCC&Y was recently awarded the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council contract for Coconino County through the Department of Child Safety.  This means we will be changing from having 2 councils (Williams and Flagstaff) to a county-wide structure.  CAP councils are found throughout the state, made of groups of volunteers wanting to make a difference by raising awareness and prevention strategy in the community.  Please email Executive Director, Virginia Watahomigie, at virginia@coconinokids.org if you are interested in being an official member of the Coconino CAP Council or if you would like to learn more about this important volunteer opportunity.

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First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

| December 3, 2019
First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

Check out our interactive guide to low-cost (or free) toys and gifts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that encourage their learning and development. They don’t need fancy toys or electronic gadgets. Quality time with you — talking, reading and playing — is the best gift you can give your child this holiday season or anytime.

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Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

| December 3, 2019
Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

The Expect More Excellence Tour Spotlights what schools and communities in Arizona are doing today to make progress toward an excellent education for every student, and celebrates the kind of excellence we expect and believe must be available to all students.

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Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

| December 2, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

Rebecca “Becky” Ruffner is about to start a new chapter in her life.

As she turns the page, the 72-year-old founder and executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, who will retire her post on Dec. 31, is confident the agency’s new leader is poised and ready for the task.

The agency on Wednesday announced the promotion of Training Director Claire Louge to Ruffner’s role upon her retirement.

Since 2014, Louge has served as an agency trainer, both for local and statewide events.

From upstate New York, Louge has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in human development and a master’s degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy at the Arizona State University Lodestar Center.

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Draft recommendations are in from recent 112th Statewide Town Hall on ‘Strong Families Thriving Children’

| November 26, 2019
Draft recommendations are in from recent 112th Statewide Town Hall on ‘Strong Families Thriving Children’

Armed with recommendations from over 25 community programs around the state, Town Hall participants wasted little time addressing how to ensure that Arizona has strong families and children who thrive.

To read the draft final recommendations report, click here.

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Connections Spotlight: Self-Healing Communities Update

| November 25, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Self-Healing Communities Update

CCC&Y hosted more than 300 individuals in Flagstaff this October in order to be a part of a day-long presentation with internationally known child-welfare expert, Kevin Campbell.  An additional live-stream site was set up in Page which served an additional eight guests.

This past week, CCC&Y conducted two focus group follow ups for a total of 43 individuals, plus board members Andrea Meronuck and Cliff Binkley as moderators and ED Virginia Watahomigie in attendance.

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