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Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Prevent Substance Abuse in Youth

| March 26, 2020
Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Prevent Substance Abuse in Youth

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) strives to prevent substance abuse and other negative outcomes in adulthood by understanding the effects of childhood traumatic experience and mobilizing community action. Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of addiction. Sadly, however, Arizona ranks higher than the national average for children who have experienced ACEs. These can include childhood traumas such as abuse and neglect. In fact, according to the Arizona ACE Consortium, “It is estimated that nearly 70,000 children in Arizona have more than five ACEs.”

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Message to all of us

| March 26, 2020
Message to all of us

What an experience! Each of us is creating our new normal. Extra time at home brings up different emotions for all of us. Maybe some joy in the novelty. Maybe some stress in having kids home more often without a routine. Maybe mixed feelings about extra family time. Maybe a sadness for missing events. Maybe angry about  being temporarily out of work. Maybe overwhelmed because you are a health care or emergency service provider. Or maybe hopeful for humanity as you witness folks reaching out to each other and new ways. Most likely a mix of throughout a day! Whatever you are feelings it’s ok!

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Bilingual update: Top Parenting Tips for Parents and Caregivers in Uncertain Times

| March 26, 2020
Bilingual update: Top Parenting Tips for Parents and Caregivers in Uncertain Times

Reassure your children that your family is your top priority. Say something like “I’m your parent, it’s my job to keep you safe and we are doing everything we can.”

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Planning for the future

| March 26, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Planning for the future

Life has changed and there will be more change ahead.
 
Connecting and convening existing resources and facilitating strategic solutions is what LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to do.
 
As the current health crisis unfolds, our children and their families will be impacted by new economic and social conditions that will add additional stressors into their lives.  It’s for times like this that community stakeholders came together to create LAUNCH Flagstaff back in 2013.  

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District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

| March 26, 2020
District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

During this time it is crucial that you are taking care of both your physical and mental health and well being. Below you will find the “Self-Care Wheel” that offers some ideas on how to care for yourself during this time. Remember, you are not alone in this. This is only temporary and we will get through this together.

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Connections Spotlight: Self-healing, -helping communities assisting students, families overcome coronavirus challenges

| March 24, 2020
Connections Spotlight: Self-healing,  -helping communities assisting students, families overcome coronavirus challenges

During times of crisis, people have an amazing ability to adapt, get over the shock and get to work to mitigate or solve the problem.

Such is the case with our current challenge, the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Stay-at-home orders, school closures and other issues have rapidly confronted everyone, from political leaders to emergency responders, parents and students.

And true to our nature, individuals and organizations are rapidly coming up with a variety of creative solutions to tackle such issues as feeding students who are unable to return to the classroom, and at-home and distance-learning options to continue the education of our youth.

Within this e-newsletter, our readers will find a variety of links to stories and resources to help us face the challenge of many of these issues and meet the mind, body and spirit needs of our community.

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Flagstaff Family Food Center Needs Volunteers

| March 23, 2020
Flagstaff Family Food Center Needs Volunteers

The Flagstaff Family Food Center needs volunteers.

Most critical needs:

• Emergency Food Box Program: Tue-Sat 9am-1pm
• Sandwich Making: Daily 10am-2pm
• Grab-N-Go Dinner Service: Daily 3:30-6pm

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2020 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

| March 23, 2020
2020 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

A variety of  health and welfare resource networking meetings are held each month in Coconino County. The meetings are presented in local restaurants, libraries, health care agencies and other locations where health professionals and representatives from a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations share information on upcoming programs and events that benefit the health and welfare of children, youth, parents and seniors throughout the region.

The following is a listing of some of those meetings. Please send any updates to frank@coconinokids.org

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool for All Challenge, Flagstaff Workshop, and More!

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool for All Challenge, Flagstaff Workshop, and More!

Afterschool for All Challenge, the annual meeting of afterschool advocates in Washington, D.C., is now a virtual event to minimize risk. The event is NOT cancelled because we won’t let the coronavirus mute the advocacy for our kids. This is still a vitally important chance to let Congress know how much afterschool matters.

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March 7 — 2020 Arizona Education Job Fairs to be held in Phoenix, Tucson

| March 3, 2020
March 7 — 2020 Arizona Education Job Fairs to be held in Phoenix, Tucson

The 2020 Arizona Education Job Fairs to be held on Saturday, Feb. 29 in Phoenix, and March 7 in Tucson.

Arizona public schools are looking for general and special education teachers and related services personnel. Walk in with your resume; walk out with a job.

On-site resources for job seekers include fingerprinting, information about certification and loan forgiveness, and more.

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