Tag: featured

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

| December 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

(Tod) Gilmore sees his initial tenure here as three 100-day periods. The first 100 days he has spent “getting to know the Fredonia way.”

Essentially observing and learning how things are done, and why. He asks, “Do we do things the way we’ve always done because it’s the best and proven way to do something? Or is it an inertia issue that we need to look at as a community?”

Gilmore believes graduates of FHS should know they have no limits, should know what their dreams are, and be equipped to actualize those dreams. He feels this is a virtue of being a smaller high school, “we have an incredible ability to really know our students, and the smaller class sizes can be very powerful if we take advantage of it.”

Continue Reading

Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

| December 9, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

In January 2020, the Coconino Coaltion for Children & Youth will launch a new Prevention Spotlight. We would like to feature stories and information that raises awareness, support and prevention strategy for our community such as youth resiliency, child abuse prevention, and substance use prevention and intervention in Coconino County. We welcome our non-profit partners and members to share their good work and resources by inviting contribution to our regular Prevention Spotlight. Please submit your columns and information (400-word limit) to frank@coconinokids.org. The following is an example.)

Although drug use and abuse in Coconino County is not as prevalent as alcohol, over (2021-2016) drug abuse hospitalizations increased at a rate 3.9 times quicker than alcohol. Among Arizona youths, the percentage with experience using ecstasy, methamphetamine, non-medical over the counter drugs, cocaine, non-medical pain relievers, and hallucinogens were higher than that what was reported across the state.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

| December 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

The high school students listened intently to the 9-1-1 call. The woman told the dispatcher that her baby wasn’t breathing. The dispatcher, calmly, walked the mother through the steps of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency crews could arrive.

“We are all super passionate about what we do,” said Katie Brandis, Communications Manager at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility in Flagstaff. And, even though the work is stressful, she added, it is also very rewarding and dispatchers often make a difference between life and death.

Twelve students from area high schools spent the day on Nov. 14 at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility learning about the careers in policing and emergency services available in Flagstaff and in the county. The event, the second installment of a two-day series, was organized by the Coconino County Arizona @ Work Business Service team, of which Coconino Community College is a member.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Education Spotlight: 20 under 40: Jordan Morales (of Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School). See more local education news here

| November 25, 2019
Education Spotlight: 20 under 40: Jordan Morales (of Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School). See more local education news here

During her first two years as a teacher, Jordan Morales has learned a lot: How to break through a struggling student’s shell, how to encourage parent involvement, how to advocate for minorities in her classroom.

But it all started during her student teaching assignment at Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School where she worked with a class of first graders under the supervision of Katrina Collins-Hernandez.

Continue Reading

Education Spotlight: NAZ Today’s Teacher of the Week is April Carrillo of San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. See more local education news here

| November 18, 2019
Education Spotlight: NAZ Today’s Teacher of the Week is April Carrillo of San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. See more local education news here

NAZ Today’s Paige Kenny highlights this week’s teacher of the week who’s faith helps guide her actions in the classroom. April Carrillo is our teacher of the week. As a fourth-grade teacher, Carrillo says that teaching is her way of showing the love and dedication her teachers did when she was in school.

Continue Reading

Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y’s monthly board meeting on Nov. 18 to feature information on Arizona Town Hall’s ‘Strong Families Thriving Children’ effort

| November 11, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y’s monthly board meeting on Nov. 18 to feature information on Arizona Town Hall’s ‘Strong Families Thriving Children’ effort

Jermaine Barkley of Steward Health Choice of Arizona to also present information on Project ECHO, other initiatives

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, will talk about her upcoming participation in the Arizona Town Hall and its background report “Strong Families Thriving Children,” and Jermaine Barkley of Steward Health Choice of Arizona will present information on the organization’s 1st Episode of Psychosis and ECHO process initiatives during the next CCC&Y monthly board meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at the County Health and Community Services Building, 2625 N. King St., Ponderosa Room, Flagstaff.

Continue Reading