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.
f                             FUNDING UPDATE
  • Congress votes to approve funding to OAH (April 2017)--CHECK!
  • OAH decides to continue funding Collective STEP (May 2017)--CHECK!
  • Receive award letter from OAH (July 2017)--CHECK!
  • Submit approval request to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (July 2017)--CHECK!
  • Funding approved by the Board of Supervisors to continue Collective STEP for Youth's program (August 24th!)--CHECK!

All the steps have been completed, our funding has been approved at every level necessary, and now we can continue the work of promoting adolescent wellbeing and developing a plan for Collective STEP beyond this year.   


Thank you for your support! 


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  


Why the Trump administration is cutting teen pregnancy prevention funding

Learn more here about why the administration is cutting TPP funds and about the importance of teen pregnancy prevention programming. Feel free to share it with your networks. 
Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut   
As reported last month, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services told all the groups their pregnancy prevention grants would end June 2018.  But only recently did the department offer a reason for the elimination. Read more here about what commissioners are doing to protest this decision and how these programs are making a difference in communities.  
An Assault on Efforts to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy 
Read more here in this New York Times Editorial about teen pregnancy prevention cuts and how they will impact programming throughout the country.
Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage: An Updated Review of U.S. Policies and Programs and Their Impact     
This article updates a 2006 review of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) policies and programs promoted by the U.S. government.  Read more here about how this update addresses the major changes in AOUM funding and programs.     
Kaity's Way Relationship Violence Diversion Workshops will be held the second and third Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm. RSVP no later than the Wednesday before the workshop.  There is no charge for the general public. Please contact Bobbi Sudberry at 602-740-2734 or email

The Signs of Suicide (S.O.S) prevention program, hosted by Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID), uses an evidence-based curriculum that addresses suicide among adolescents. This is a free 45-50 minute program offered to youth in 7th-12th grade. If you are interested and would like to learn more about how to schedule a class, contact Timesha Moore-McHarris at 480-435-5876.

Healthy Moms; Happy Babies training began August 28 and runs through September 26. Trainings are intended for home visitation staff.  Register here. For questions, please contact Erin Callinan, Director of Community Engagement, ACESDV at

Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look into Mental Illness will be held Saturday, September 16 at 1:00pm-4:00pm at the McGee Auditorium Flagstaff Medical Center. Tickets are $10, scholarships are available and RSVP is required. Register here.

The 8th Annual Kaity's Way Step Against Dating Violence Fundraising Event will be held September 23 at Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona. $75 per person or $125 a couple. Register here.  For more information, please contact Bobbi Sudberry at

College Bound an event for high school girls ages 14-18 will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Register here.  For more information contact Keisha Jean-Baptiste at

The Phoenix Police Explorer Program Recruitment Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. For more information, contact David Barrios at   

LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. is hiring a Temporary Full-time Research Assistant. Position is part of a teen pregnancy prevention research study, the individual hired will be responsible for coordinating and conducting data collection activities for the Guy Talk program. 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy invites you to join them for a free webinar, Addressing Unplanned Pregnancy at Public Colleges on Wednesday, September 7th from 11:00-12:30pm. Register here.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health will host a free Healthy Arizona Worksites Program and Lactation Accommadation 101 training for Arizona employers on Friday, September 15 from 9:00am-2:30pm. Register here. For more information, call 602-372-7034 or email

Nominations for the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards are being accepted. This award recognizes those people who have voluntarily contributed time and talent to the betterment of their communities, including but not limited to the areas of health care, social services, youth or senior activities, the arts, education, pets, justice, housing or nutrition. The deadline for 2018 nominee applications is Sunday, October 1, 2017. Hard copy applications must be postmarked on September 30, 2017. For more information, go to

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is proud to launch its first Spanish website, The website is a formulation of all of the Spanish content from its English site, in an easy to navigate format.
America's Promise reviewed research about what's changed in the past 20 years in young people's lives and in our understanding of youth development. Read Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America to learn more.  
This guide, What is Complex Trauma? A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care about Them, published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, was developed for youth who have experienced, or know someone who has experienced complex trauma.  
The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI), is a service of the Children's Bureau, designed to assist professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early education, and education to learn how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice.

This brief, Bridging the Language Gap in Child Welfare: Identifying and Supporting LGBTQ Youth Who Have Experienced Sexual Exploitation, recommends ways for systems to support the identification of LGBTQ youth of color who have experienced sexual exploitation.  

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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.

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.