Collective STEP for Youth is a group of professionals and community members who are passionate about building the capacity of organizations serving youth 10-19 to prevent teen pregnancy and enhance adolescent wellbeing.
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 SUMMIT SUCCESS  

On behalf of the Collective STEP for Youth team, we would like to thank all those who attended Connecting Hope: Uniting for Youth. We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the planning committee members, speakers, trainers, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers. Two hundred and fifty-two attendees were able to experience an energizing performance by Drum Cafe, a captivating keynote presentation by Calvin Terrell, informative breakout sessions, a lunch activity by PSA Art Awakenings, an inspiring closing keynote from Jessica Rubio. Participants were also able to network with local exhibitors, youth-serving professionals and enjoy art created by youth. A summit attendee said, "What a pleasure and honor it was to take part in the STEP Conference. I cannot thank you enough for creating this opportunity for community connection. It was a superbly executed and organized event." The attendees presence helped to make this event a great success and their enthusiasm and positive energy ensured the time together productive and educational. 

If you would like to view pictures and/or learn more about the summit, please visit the Collective STEP for Youth website here. If you have any questions, email  CollectiveSTEPforYouth@mail.maricopa.gov and please be on the lookout for future professional development opportunities coming soon!
 COALITION NEWS
 
Please join us for the next STEP Coalition meeting to network, hear the results of the PARTNER survey, and join one of the following work groups: Professional Development, The Hub, and Collaboration and/or Grants.

Wednesday, April 4th   
1:30pm-3:00pm  
Arizona Department of Economic Security
 
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tracy Pedrotti at 602-372-1441 or TracyPedrotti@mail.maricopa.gov.
  Confirmation of attendance needed by March 30th for an accurate headcount for lunch. Thank you!
EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
EVENTS
 
Safe Out will be hosting a suicide prevention skill-building workshop to support LGBTQ communities on March 16, 12:00pm at the Arizona Community Foundation. Register here 
 
Mercy Care Plan is hosting the 4th Annual GPS: Navigating Life in Transition for transition-age youth on Saturday, March 24 from 10am-5pm at Gateway Community College. This is a free event. Register here.    
    
Phoenix Indian Center will host the next Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona meeting on March 27 from 2:00-4:00pm. For more information on location, please contact: Kathy Gardner at 602-264-6768 or kgardner@phxindcenter.org.
 
ASU Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention will host Using Technology to Change Health Behavior: Is it all smoke and mirrors? on April 5 from 12:00-1:00pm at ASU Health South-500 N 3rd St. Phoenix AZ, Room 344-348. Lunch will be provided to the first 45 attendees. For more information, please contact: Melissa Tolson at Melissa.Tolson@asu.edu. 
 
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Rio Salado College will host the Sensory Friendly Autism Job Fair & Workshops for Adults with ASD (and their parent/Job Coach if desired) on April 10 from 1:00-4:45pm at Rio Salado College, 3320 S. Price Rd, Tempe, 85282. Participants will meet with prospective employers individually. There will also be opportunities to meet with provider agencies. You must register for one of three times: 1:30-2:30, 2:30-3:30, or 3:30-4:30 to attend. Registration required and free. Professional clothing recommended and parents and Job Coaches are welcome. Register here.   
 
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix will host the West Valley Transition Expo on April 30 from 5:00-7:00pm at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W Jefferson St., Peoria, AZ. This is a great opportunity to learn about services, programs, and other opportunities for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Visit schools, agencies and other organizations in the community providing help for those on the spectrum after graduation. For more information, please contact: Katie Wride at katie.wride@phxautism.org or 602-295-8062. If you are interested in being an exhibitor for the event, register here.  
 
OPPORTUNITIES

Mercy Care/Mercy Maricopa recently held some community forums around new funding for opioid abuse. If you were unable to attend one of the community forums regarding opioid funding addressing six questions about how the remaining $8 million in funding should be spent, a survey has been put together for you and your colleagues. Please take a few moments to provide your input here. Please share with your staff, prevention coalitions, and community stakeholders. For more information, please contact Heather Brown at brownh@mercymaricopa.org  
 
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) on behalf of the Office of Epidemiology is soliciting responses to conduct community health assessment services for specific subpopulations in Maricopa County as part of the Coordinated Maricopa County Community Health Needs Assessment (CCHNA) project. The maximum amount available for this project at this time is $120,000. Additional funding may become available in the future for further expansion of the scope of work. All work must be completed by December 1, 2019. Interested candidates must submit their response here in order to be reviewed. Full details can be found here. Electronic proposals will be received until 2:00pm Arizona time on March 26, 2018. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
 
Communities Joined in Action (CJA) is accepting applications for the CJA Health Innovation Lab. It is a year-long, virtual lab that will teach participants how to think innovatively and propel a program or initiative forward. Please note: Only CJA members may participate in the Health Innovation Lab. Members can apply here and if you are not already a member, you can join here.    
 
Kaity's Way is offering a $1000 Scholarship to High School Seniors or recent graduates. Don't miss out on this opportunity to apply. Deadline is March 31. Learn how to apply here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is actively enrolling girls ages 6-15. Our matches are individualized and professionally supported; having a Big helps create happy futures and realized potentials as children become more confident, motivated, and successful. Youth in our program do better in school and are less likely to engage in drug use or unhealthy relationships. Fill out an application or referral form here!

American Nonprofit Academy hosts low cost online training designed for maximum results and realistic approaches. Learn more about their courses here 
RESOURCES

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  GOOD READS  
Take a look at some Healthy Teen Network news here!  
  
Generate My Healthy Future Plan Help Youth  
Healthy Teen Network is pleased to release the positive study results for Generate My Healthy Future Plan. You can read the full report on the study results, or the short summary here. Generate My Healthy Future Plan guides adolescents and young adults to take charge of their health.  
      
               
This blog addresses the research done with youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems. System-involved youth who have experienced chronic trauma, abuse/neglect, and family dysfunction may face mental health and substance abuse challenges and struggles with serious behavioral problems and school failure, all factors found to increase adolescent sexual risk-taking behavior and unintended pregnancy. Read more here.


 HHS Announces 2018 Pregnancy Assistance Funding Opportunity
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) announced on January 12, 2018 the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (AH-SP1-18-001). These grant funds are being made available through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) program. Learn more here.  

Collective STEP for Youth shares resources for adolescent wellbeing as a service to its partner community.  
Any questions about a resource shared here should be directed to the organization it came from.
The project described is supported by Grant Number TP1AHOOO129 from the Office of Adolescent Health. 
Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.