Collective STEP for Youth 
June Newsletter 

What's going on with funding?

The second major hurdle has been cleared!  Congress maintained level funding to the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), which is the federal agency that funds Collective STEP for Youth.  OAH has approved next year's funds contingent upon recommended changes.  The next step is receiving the Notice of Award from OAH, which will be provided to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  The Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to accept the funds on behalf of the program at their meeting on July 26th. 
Office of Adolescent Health News
Think, Act, Grow┬« (TAG) is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the United States. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that can support the health and healthy development of all of America's 42 million adolescents. A series of TAG Talks can be found  here.

Events, Opportunities and Resources
MCESA - Supportive School Culture: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Workshop. This training will provide an overview of the research behind SEL and its importance in education. Participants will leave with an understanding of how an effective SEL culture can transform the climate of the school without having to implement a new program or set of procedures. Monday, June 19th 12pm-4pm at MCESA, 4041 N. Central Ave. STE 1100 (11th Floor) Phoenix, 85012. Register at 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - An evening with Scouting Health, Wednesday June 21st 4:30pm-6:30pm. The Scouting Health Project seeks out innovators, like yourself, who are working at the fringe of their field. Those who buck tradition, and create unexpected collaborations with community partners to ensure that people have what they need to live healthy lives. Scouting Health illuminates these partnerships - with a goal of inspiring more aware and capable communities by elevating the debate and highlighting advancements in various areas of health. Register for the event here  
Diversity Leadership Alliance - Building Trust in a Diverse Workplace or Community workshop. Thursday, June 22nd from 8:00am-12:00pm at Mesa Community College.This highly interactive workshop will engage participates in exploring cultural aspects of trust building and examining individual and group-based obstacles to developing higher levels of trust. For more information and to register visit 
Ombudsman High School and PIMA Prevention Partnership - Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, offered to all youth ages 14-21. Tuesday June 27th and Wednesday June 28th from 8am-12pm at Ombudsman High School (7910 N. 43rd Ave, Glendale). For more information and to register contact Outreach Specialist Heather Lynn at or (623) 203-7024.    

Vitalyst Health Foundation & MCDPH - Shared Use Summit 2.0 - Learn more about making school district properties available to the community. Wednesday, June 28th 9am-3pm at Desert Willow Conference Center. Register at

Peer Solutions -Youth led meetings pertaining to teen pregnancy and sexual health in June. July will focus on life skills (time management, goal setting, etc.) and other positive skills. Meetings open to all middle school youth and older. Must have signed permission by parent/guardian. Contact  for 
more information.     
Tempe: Wednesdays, June 14th-July 26th, 12pm-3pm @ Westside Community Center 715 W, 5th St, Tempe. Phoenix: Thursdays, June 15th-July 27th, 11am-2pm @ Arizona Musicians Union 1202 E. Oak St, Phoenix.

Peer Solutions - Coalition meeting, discussing teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health. Friday, June 30th 12pm - 2pm @ Phoenix Burton Barr Library. Contact for more information 
Touchstone Health Services - CARE Coalition meeting, the next coalition meeting will be on Friday, August 18th 11:30am-1:00pm at Tolleson Union High School District's office (9801 W. Van Buren St, Tolleson). Lunch will be provided so if you could RSVP that would be appreciated. More information available at
Family & Child Resources -Guy Talk is offering a FREE summer camp from June 19-23. Learn how to register here.  

Chicanos Por La Causa - Community-based youth program information

ASU Nonprofit Management Institute - Delivering Exemplary Service certificate program
Friendly House - Emergency Services Program, rent and APS utility assistance. Contact Family Services Manager Candelaria Montes de Oca at 602-416-7218 for more information.  

Arizona Department of Health Services - Statewide adolescent brain development trainings offered during the summer 2017 at locations across Arizona. Visit to see all trainings available and to register

A New Leaf -Summer day program for teens enrolled with MMIC. Locations are in Glendale and Mesa with the new session being July 3 - August 4. After August, the program is offered after school. This therapeutically based program helps with emotions, healthier lifestyle, life skills development, community integration, recreation and enhancing pro-social leisure time management. Morning sessions are 10am-2pm, afternoon sessions are 3pm-7pm. Transportation and food are provided. Contact Nick Pridonoff at (480) 832-9268 ext.28902 or for more information or to register.   

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS) - TOPS provides free pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and Find your Future classes to anyone under the age of 22. TOPS also provides free pregnancy testing, resource referrals, one-on-one case management, support groups, and breast feeding support. By attending our classes, clients are eligible to receive free baby items, diapers, a car seat, and household good. Our classes typically run in the evenings from 5-7pm, however there are times when class times may vary. The majority of classes run for 4 weeks. For more information visit
Professional Development Opportunities   
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.