OCTOBER 2021
The Casa Grande Alliance provides trauma-responsive prevention education programming and services, youth coalition leadership, and treatment and recovery resource navigation. Our community coalition is a network of organizations dedicated to building individual, family, and community resiliency.   CGA 2020 Accomplishments
WITH OVERDOSE DEALTHS SOARING, DEA WARNS ABOUT FENTANYL-LACED PILLS
The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a public warning Monday that a growing number of fake pills bought online are laced with potentially lethal amounts of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, and blamed social media sites for not doing more to protect their users.

“We decided to do this because the amounts are staggering,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We are in the midst, in my view, of an overdose crisis, and the counterfeit pills are driving so much of it.”

The United States saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year — more than 93,000, an increase of almost 30 percent from 2019. READ MORE
STRONG FAMILIES PROGRAM CLASSES START OCTOBER 19!
Do you have a child between the ages of 10 and 14? Join us for a FREE 8-week interactive family training designed to
  • Enhance parenting skills and promote effective parenting styles
  • Build decision-making and life skills in youth, including stress management, conflict resolution, and peer resistance
  • Strengthen bonds and promote positive communication and the ability to solve problems together as a family.
Pre-Registration is required.
Classes begin Tuesday, October 19.
Childcare Available
For more information, please email cgafamilies@gmail.com or call
(520) 836-5022 or visit our website
Pre-Registration is required.
Classes begin Thursday, October 21.
Childcare Available
For more information, please email cgadirector@gmail.com or call
(520) 836-5022 or visit our website
Small changes,
big differences
Triple P Positive Parenting Program
Triple P is one of the world's most effective parenting programs and is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family relationships.

GROUP STEPPING STONES TRIPLE P for
Parents of children with special needs (up to 12 years of age) requiring intensive training in positive parenting or those who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills to apply to multiple contexts. Parents will need to commit to 9 weeks of group sessions and individual telephone sessions. 

Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs, and needs. The benefits can be dramatic and long-lasting. Children who grow up with positive parenting are far more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at school, build friendships, and feel good about themselves.
JOIN OUR TEAM!

Positive Youth Development Specialist -
Engage middle school youth in training/mentoring related to college and career preparation and work to expand services to youth by implementing effective youth development strategies through youth alliance chapters at area middle and high schools.  POSITION DESCRIPTION
FULL-TIME LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT POSITIONS
Call (520) 836-5022 or email cgadirector@gmail.com
Volunteer Mentors Needed!

CGA is looking for volunteer tutors to help middle school students with their homework after school at Villago, CGMS, and Cactus.

Email Sara Hamilton at vista4.cga@gmail.com or call (520)-836-5022 to sign up!
Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience
Center on the Developing Child -
Harvard University
The future prosperity of any society depends on continuing investment in the healthy development of the next generation. The well-documented connection between adverse early experiences and a wide range of costly problems, such as lower school achievement and higher rates of criminal behavior and chronic disease, underscores the extent to which reducing the burdens of significant adversity on families with young children must be a critical part of that investment. That said, not all children exposed to stressful circumstances experience detrimental consequences. A better understanding of why some do well despite serious hardship could inform more effective policies and programs to provide support for families and help more disadvantaged children reach their full potential.
12 Ways Teachers Can Build Resilience so They Can Make Systematic Change

When Elena Aguilar started her teaching career in Oakland public schools 25 years ago, she was sure there was no better job than teaching. She loved her work, but she couldn’t help noticing how many teachers left her Oakland school each year. And she started taking note of how disruptive that cycle is to the school community and to the school’s ability to implement new programs.

“We’d get everyone trained and then two years later 75 percent of teachers who had been in that training were gone,” Aguilar said. It’s very hard to make progress on long-term goals like improving school culture, deepening reading instruction, or improving how special education teachers and general education teachers work together when half the staff is turning over each year.

“It’s all about finding your own power and being able to recognize your own power and what you can influence. What you can control is your own response, the way you make sense of things, and the story you tell about something.”

TIPS ON HOW TO STAY FOCUSED IN HIGH SCHOOL
Focusing on high school classes can be difficult if you don’t love every class, and you might find that it’s more interesting to talk with friends or keep up with your favorite television shows and social media accounts. Focusing at all right now, during a global pandemic, can also feel impossible.

However, it’s important to stay focused in high school so that you can learn what you need and graduate with the credentials you want to help you reach your future goals. 

Whether you are learning in person this year, online, or some hybrid of both, here are 10 tips on how to stay focused in high school. And actually, these tips will also help you in college and beyond.
POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM
TRIPLE P ONLINE
Triple P is a parenting program, but it does not tell you how to be a parent. It is more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It is all about making Triple P work for you.

Triple P helps you:
  • Raise happy, confident kids
  • Manage misbehavior so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
  • Encourage behavior you like
  • Take care of yourself as a parent
  • Feel confident you’re doing the right thing

Through a special arrangement with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, we can now offer this online course for FREE to all interested parents. Peer mentoring will also be available to all who choose to participate!
CALL (520) 836-5022 to get started!
PROTECT THE YOUTH OF CASA GRANDE!
BECOME A VOLUNTEER REENTRY COACH!
The Pinal Community Reentry Project provides supportive services, information referrals, and mentorship for individuals returning to the community from incarceration. These services and guidance empower individuals to achieve their goals and succeed. PRP also provides classes for families, friends, community members and information sessions over internet platforms for incarcerated groups. 

Think you have what it takes to become a Community Coach and help some of the most vulnerable residents in our community? Start your journey by being a ray of hope and compassion to our participants as a Community Coach. No experience, prior qualifications, or education is needed.
Tips for Building Resilience in Children and Teens
We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts, challenges, and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom or online schooling to bullying by peers or even struggles at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up in a complex world, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience. The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.
 



PREVENTION POSTER PARTNERS
Help strengthen community-wide prevention efforts by displaying our monthly prevention poster in your office or place of business. Please visit our website to LEARN MORE!
The 2021 Child Tax Credit:
Three Steps to Getting Your Advance Payments
Most eligible families will automatically receive monthly payments. For everyone else, there are three steps to getting your payments. DOWNLOAD THE IRS CHILD TAX CREDIT FLYER
SUPPORTING NEW FAMILIES!
ARIZONA EARLY
INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) is Arizona’s statewide interagency system of services and supports for families of infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or delays. Starting early makes the transition processes smoother. 

Families with a loved one from birth to three years of age that may have a developmental delay, disability or are born with a substance dependency. Learn more about the Referral Process  

Raising Special Kids can also be used as a Child Find for all of Arizona.

A great way to get your input and voice at the table, we would also like the public to become part of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers Interested parents and members of the public members are always encouraged to attend to see if they would like to get more involved or serve as a board member.
HELP WITH THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE
AND CAREER
In partnership with Northern Arizona University - Civic Service Institute, the Casa Grande Alliance is now a part of a statewide network providing direct service to youth and families. The focus is to increase the on-time high school graduation, community college, university and trade-school enrollment and career exploration Members assist with FAFSA completion, scholarship searches, college applications, and MORE INFORMATION
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS OPEN!
The Alliance strongly believes in the value of volunteers. Volunteers willing to join our team are welcome and very much appreciated. Current Positions open!
  • High School Student Volunteers
  • Reentry Community Coach
  • Parent Advisory Committee
  • Family Resource Center Organizer
  • Front Desk/Special projects
  • Gardening
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RESOURCES

Opioid Assistance and Referral Line - Free and Confidential
1-888-688-4222

Need someone to talk to? Problem with drugs? Alcohol? Depression? Mental Health? Suicide?
ARIZONA COMPLETE HEALTH 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE 1-866-495-6735

Teen Lifeline is a 24-hour service with trained Peer counselors available from 3 - 9 pm Daily
TEEN LIFELINE 1-800-248-8336

Assisting Veterans and Military Families in Pinal County by providing services or connecting them to
providers that will assist with life’s challenges. 
Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County (520) 866-3645 

Does someone's drinking bother you?
AL-ANON 1-888-415-1666