f                             FUNDING UPDATE

We have received notice that the federal grant that currently funds Collective STEP For Youth   will end two years early, with all grantees receiving funding this program year (July 2017-June 2018) but no funding past the end of this year. Collective STEP is now revising plans to continue providing capacity-building services in the adolescent wellbeing realm during the final year and beyond the grant period.


Thank you for an outstanding turn out at the August 2 nd coalition meeting.  Many thanks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix for hosting!
Given modifications to the grant period, Chair Tyre Davis presented a proposal from the Steering Committee on a new direction for Work Groups (WGs).  The coalition supported moving forward with two WGs that focus on 1) sustaining the coalition and 2) building an online hub of resources.  This dual focus aligns with the coalition vision: that youth will have information and resources needed to gain important life skills and successfully transition into adulthood.  We know there's much we can accomplish together this year and beyond! 

Please consider joining us for action planning on the future of the coalition.

Wednesday, September 6th
Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix
4309 E. Belleview St. Phoenix, AZ 85008
Conference Center A&B
For more information, please contact Carla Pelletier at 602-359-2433 or  


Our wonderfully supportive partners have been asking how they can help STEP continue its operations. We are working on specific asks, but in the meantime, check out our new Adolescent Wellbeing Messaging Library. Each newsletter, we'll add links that help showcase the impact of our programs. Check them out for impact statements and impact.

Putting Teens on Track for Future Success

Putting Teens on Track for Future Success
Check out this video and learn about the importance of teen pregnancy prevention programming. Feel free to share it with your networks. 
The TPP Program is a Model for Evidence-Based Policymaking. Why End it?  
"One key to the future success of evidence-based policy is partnerships between government and nonprofit agencies to build programs that are well implemented, rigorously evaluated, and continually improved."

Read this op-ed co authored by Robert Gordon, senior fellow at Results for America and Ron Haskins, National Campaign Board member and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.   

Organizations react to Trump administration's decision to cut anti-teen pregnancy grants
Watch Dr. Bob England's interview here about how cutting grant money to programs that help prevent teen pregnancy will effect youth in Arizona and around the nation.
Abrupt Trump Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Program Surprise Groups   
Trump administration has abruptly cut grant programs aimed at ending teen pregnancy, leaving the institutions that receive funds scrambling for answers. 

An office within the Department of Health and Human Services notified 81 institutions across the U.S. that the five year grants they were awarded would end two years sooner then planned.  Read the full story here.   

On June 22, 2017, Collective STEP for Youth, Touchstone Health Services, and Child & Family Resources hosted Stories with Staying Power at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  Over fifty partners and coalition members attended and were provided an opportunity to examine how stories and messages shape communities, inspire action, and make a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.  The day included a key note speaker, general sessions on storytelling, a gallery walk/poster presentation, partner success stories, nine local exhibitors, a selfie station, and a CONGA dance celebration!

Collective STEP for Youth's Fourth Annual Adolescent Summit
Connecting Hope

Due to federal changes in the level of funding and program timeline, the Collective STEP for Youth Fourth Annual Summit originally scheduled for October 25, 2017 will be rescheduled for early 2018. 

Collective STEP for Youth's Annual Adolescent Summits have been some of the most well attended conferences in Maricopa County that focus on teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent wellbeing. Each year, more than 200 youth-serving professionals gather to learn new information, network, share ideas, and discuss successes and challenges.

The 2018 event will be packed with innovative sessions, interactive presentations, and engaging speakers.  Please keep an eye out for more detailed information in our next newsletter.

CARE Coalition meeting will be on Friday, August 18 from 11:30am-1:00pm at Tolleson Union High School District's office.  More information available at

Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives will be held October 2-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more and register here.

Day at the Capitol will be on Wednesday, October 11 from 11:00am-1:00pm. For more information on how to register for this free event, contact Veronica at

Arizona Health Equity Conference will be held on Thursday, October 12. Register here

The Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC) is recruiting individuals for its monthly workgroups to develop goals and action plans for the next Community Health Improvement Plan.  The next meeting is September 12.  The list of meeting dates and topics can be found on the CHIP strategy Workgroup page. 

Touchstone Health Services, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Maricopa County Superior Court have partnered up on a new initiative, Training on When You Decide: A Judge's Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth Toolkit, a free training on September 8. Register here

Applications are being accepted for the following First Things First positions: Quality First Redesign Program Manager, Evaluation Program Specialist,   Administrative Services Officer. II
Healthy Teen Network is recruiting youth adults between ages 18-24. Participants will receive a $25 gift card. For more information, email or call 433-216-1354.  

The Scoop Storytelling Series invites you to submit your personal story for a not-to-be-missed session at the next Healthy Teen Network conference about unconscious bias.  Learn more and submit your story idea here.  

What Works in Youth HIV Workshop: Peer Learning through Digital Storytelling. Learn more and apply here.  

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Clinical Services Division, is seeking to partner with health care providers and health care facilities in the community to expand testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) throughout the county for individuals seeking these services. Learn full details of the Notice of Intent here

Public Comment for Healthy People 2030 Now Open.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting written comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030 that was developed by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Celebrate the benefits and importance of vaccination for people of all ages. A communication toolkit has been developed to help us communicate the importance of immunizations. 

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has a resource center that supports the work of teen pregnancy prevention practitioners and those who work with expectant and parenting youth and families. 

OAH has resources on the  social determinants of health that help program providers assess the underlying causes of health issues, have positive interactions with program participants, and promote health equity in diverse communities.

Collective STEP 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. If you have something you would like to share with other Collective members, please contact Collective STEP for Youth at

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.