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CCC&Y — How do we prevent child abuse?

| April 27, 2021
CCC&Y — How do we prevent child abuse?

April is child abuse prevention month. Some may not realize that 24,093 child abuse reports were acted on in six months during 2020. (www.azcourts.gov/casa/Child-Welfare/Child-Welfare-Stats) . With such a large number, we may ask, “What can one person do?”

Here are a few suggestions:

Train your brain.
Take at least a few minutes each day to be aware of your thoughts’ pace, take note of your emotions, and give awareness to your sensations. Use this practice to increase your awareness. Addressing your needs comes later. Take regular mindfulness breaks to be and let thoughts float by like clouds. In our hurried society, pausing from “doing” may seem insignificant. However, over time you will reap the benefits and realize how impactful mindful breaks can be. Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth has a monthly mindfulness opportunity. Email virginia@coconinokids.org for more information or to be added to the mindfulness listserve.

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CCC&Y launching a new ‘Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework’ opportunity

| April 4, 2021
CCC&Y launching a new ‘Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework’ opportunity

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth is launching a new “Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework” opportunity where community groups, schools or organizations can schedule their own no cost overview or factor specific virtual training.

The program will support their efforts in the areas of:

Resiliency
Social Connection
Concrete Support in Times of Need,
Knowledge of Child Development
Children’s Social Emotional Development 

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Connections Spotlight — New look, sharpened focus coming to Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

| March 30, 2021
Connections Spotlight — New look, sharpened focus coming to Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

We are excited to announce that NAU’s Visual Design Lab students helped us redesign our logo in preparation of our 50th anniversary next year.

The colors and design fit in the the CCC&Y ‘s Mission Statement (We ignite collective action that creates better lives for children and families) and our Purpose Statement (We imagine a world where every person lives in peace and is supported by a thriving, resilient community).

Teal combines the calming properties of blue with the renewal qualities of green. It is a revitalizing and rejuvenating color that also represents open communication and clarity of thought.

Turquoise {or teal} helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word. It presents as a friendly and happy color enjoying life. In color psychology, the color turquoise controls and heals the emotions creating emotional balance and stability.
Look for more changes to appear on CCC&Y ‘s website, weekly newsletter and other marketing materials in the coming weeks.

As part of those changes, please take advantage of the following new membership options:

Click here to become an individual or family member of CCC&Y 

Click here to become an organization member of CCC&Y

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CCC&Y provides a variety of options to help families during 2021

| March 29, 2021
CCC&Y provides a variety of options to help families during 2021

At Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, we’re working towards a world where every person lives in peace and is supported by a thriving, resilient community. We’ll make that vision a reality by igniting collective action that creates better lives for children and families.

To assist families in the coming year, CCC&Y will continue to support and expand a variety of programs we have initiated in 2020 with the assistance of a variety of partners in the region and statewide.They include:

The CCC&Y Family Connection, hosted every Monday from 2:30-3:30. The bilingual Zoom meeting is is a great way to connect with others countywide. Folks can join virtually or by phone. …

A variety of resources are also available for families and local professionals who work with families on CCC&Ys Prevention Webpage.

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y’s ‘Creativity Calling’ bringing youth, families together

| March 9, 2021
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y’s ‘Creativity Calling’ bringing youth, families together

Our circle is open! Our “Creativity Calling” gathering this month was powerful! We had four youth age 5-21 express themselves at this month’s Creativity Calling. Our youngest “express-er” was only five years old. She shared a pillow she had sewed with her personal sewing machine. She also shared she was learning to read and shared a book with us. …

We expressed gratitude that whether in Flagstaff, Hopi, or New Mexico, we were grateful we found a connection that we didn’t fully realize we were seeking.

We hope you and the youth you live or work with will join our next circle on April 4th!

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y discusses overcoming childhood trauma on KAFF County’s Pete’s Community Cafe

| January 26, 2021
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y discusses overcoming childhood trauma on KAFF County’s Pete’s Community Cafe

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, recently sat down with KAFF Country for a Pete’s Community Cafe interview on childhood trauma issues impacting youth and families in the region and the use of techniques to promote healing, growth and build resiliency.

During the interview, Watahomigie discussed how CCC&Y tackles the issue through a variety of online training programs on its https://coconinokids.org/prevention/ webpage.

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Guest contribution — CCC&Y member says Coalition provides variety of support, education to the community

| January 12, 2021
Guest contribution — CCC&Y member says Coalition provides variety of support, education to the community

I have had the blessed opportunity to work with at-risk youth in Flagstaff for over 20 years.  I first learned of the Coalition when I attended the Child Abuse Prevention Conference over 15 years ago. Since then, the Coalition has been such a wonderful resource for me.  They provide support, education, and have helped connect me to individuals and other organizations that advocate for youth.

Not only have I been able to share useful information with my family and friends, but my work circle has also benefited.  The Coalition has shed light on mental health and well-being and is helping remove the stigma of mental health issues. Bringing mindfulness to the forefront is a bold step and I intend to continue the work.  I have already practiced a mindfulness activity with a small group of my colleagues, and will lead a longer one at next all staff meeting. 

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Expect More Arizona — Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

| July 21, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of substance abuse and other health concerns later in life. Unfortunately, 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.”

As ACE exposure goes up, the risk for negative outcomes such as substance abuse also goes up. For example, the rate of alcohol abuse jumps from a one in 69 chance to a one in six chance for individuals who have experienced seven or more Adverse Childhood Experiences. The rate of intravenous (IV) drug use is even more startling, going from a one in 480 chance to one in 30.

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Connections Spotlight: Watch free webinar — Strengthening Families Protective Factors

| May 26, 2020
Connections Spotlight: Watch free webinar — Strengthening Families Protective Factors

CCC&Y has hosted this 1.5 hour webinar to ensure we look through a strength-based framework that is evidence-based, supports families and is prevention focused.  This is for the community, as well as, professionals.  Trainer: Claire Louge, Prevention Child Abuse Arizona

According to one participant: “I was so surprised that I could use the information in a lot of work that I do and not just with youth and families. It is truly amazing how it related to just every day life. It was great!!” “The reminders to look for strengths in everyone, even yourself.”

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Mindfullness Spotlight: This Too shall Pass

| May 19, 2020
Mindfullness Spotlight: This Too shall Pass

We invite you to take 3 belly breaths. Ah, how did that feel for just 3 seconds to only focus on one thing, your breath? Our breath centers us and provides focus. Through this calming, we can remind ourselves “this too shall pass.” Honestly, both the highs and lows will pass. So, enjoy the good while you are in it! And know the not-so-good or even downright overwhelming will pass, eventually.

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