Collective STEP for Youth is a group of professionals and community members who are passionate about building the capacity of organizations serving youth to prevent teen pregnancy and enhance adolescent wellbeing.
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After uncertainty about the future of the STEP Coalition, we're thrilled to share that it will live on! The Coalition's Steering Committee will essentially act as the new "backbone," taking on the logistical and foundational support needed to sustain the Coalition.
With this transition, you might wonder what will change and what will stay the same. Here's what you can expect:
  • The name, logo, and colors will remain the same -- we are still Collective STEP For Youth, and we are all still committed to adolescent wellbeing!
  • The Coalition will continue to provide networking and education.
  • The Collaboration and/or Grants Work Group will focus on obtaining funding to sustain the Coalition, and the Professional Development Work Group will focus on ensuring professionals working with youth continue to strengthen their skills to enhance adolescent wellbeing in Maricopa County.
  • The goals of capacity-building, collaboration, and fostering a strong community network remain the same.
  • The Steering Committee will lead the Coalition.
  • The addition of a Hospitality Work Group to continue on-boarding new members as well as a Communications Work Group to disseminate Coalition communications.
  • Coalition members will see requests to volunteer in some way, big or small, to support the Steering Committee in keeping the Coalition moving.
Come learn more at the next meeting on June 6th from 1:30-3p at 4041 N. Central Ave. Please email for more information or to RSVP.
Please RSVP by Monday, June 4th so we have an accurate headcount for lunch.


Farewell to Tracy Pedrotti after 11 years with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)! 

Tracy Pedrotti has over a decade of experience in adolescent-centered services and a passion for enhancing the health and wellbeing of youth. As Program Manager, she  launched Collective STEP for Youth while working for MCDPH and in three short years, STEP built a reputation for high-quality technical assistance, professional development, and collaboration among youth-serving professionals. Throughout her career, Tracy has been dedicated to supporting youth and the professionals working with them to ensure confidence and competence in youth-centered services. She will now be joining Arizona Family Health Partnership to develop a program focused on building the capacity of health centers to improve adolescent health care.  MCDPH thanks her for her dedication to protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of Maricopa County residents and surrounding communities. We wish her success and happiness as she begins this new chapter in her life! 

After gathering valuable feedback from the Hub Work Group, Arizona Family Health Partnership -- our partner developing the "Hub" -- has finalized the name and logo for the website. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the site's progress. Thank you for all of your continued support!


Save the Date
May 10, 2018
Brain Development Training

Please be on the look out for more details on an up-coming professional development opportunity focused on Brain Development. A separate announcement with location and time will be sent soon. 

Help Enrich African American Lives (HEAAL) is hosting a FREE event, A Black and Brown Conversation on Bullying II, Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Maryvale Community Center. Register here.

ABA-AGC Education Fund, Arizona@Work, and ADOT are hosting Informational sessions on a Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training program on April 23 & 26 and May 15 & 17. For more information on enrollment, please contact Mary Alehandro at ARIZONA@WORK Phoneix at 602-534-3794 or

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Arizona Chapter is hosting a 60-minute evidence informed session, TALK, SAVES, and LIVES: A Brief Introduction to Suicide on April 25. Learn more here

Forrest Anderson Plumbing & AC is hosting a Women in Industry Workshop on April 28. This free, one-day program is an introduction for young women ages 16-24 looking for a rewarding opportunity in this rapidly growing field that is in need of workers. Register here.

South Mountain WORKS Coalition and South Mountain High School's Government are hosting it's 2018 Youth Town Hall on May 8. Learn more here and register now.

Youth World Education Project
will be hosting the Dance with My Father Gala on May 19, 2018 at the Raven Golf Club. Learn more details and how to register here.

Queer Resource Collective & The LGBTQ Integrated Health Coalition of Southern Arizona is hosting, Let's Get Better Together: A Quality Look at Healthcare, June 7-8 at Desert Willow Conference Center. Learn more here.
Spot 127 Digital Media Summer Boot Camp is accepting applications for Summer 2018! Boot camps offer high school students in the metro Phoenix area intensive, hands-on training in multimedia production. Learn how to apply here.   
Maricopa County Department of Public Health  (MCDPH), is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide two (2) Tuberculosis  Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) rooms  and related respite health care to its clients on an as-needed basis. The  AII rooms must adhere with the minimum standards contained in the publication issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC),  Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005 which can be accessed  here . Interested candidates must submit their response  here in order to be reviewed. Electronic proposals will received until 2:00pm Arizona time on April 26, 2018. Paper submissions will not be accepted.

Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a live webinar that will explore the impact of new policy changes. The webinar will highlight effective experience on issues related to transition, VR, and employment for people with disabilities. Learn more here.

Workforce GPS
is hosting a webinar, Our Journey Together: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Youth and the Workforce System from 2:00pm-3:30pm on May 2. Register here.

ETR Associates will host a live virtual trainingTeaching Affirmative Consent , on May 22. This training will help participants explore their role in facilitating a culture of consent and provides scenario-based examples to troubleshoot challenges that may occur with this paradigm shift. Learn more details and how to register   here.   

AAA Landscape is now hiring. Must apply in person and let them know you were referred by Friendly House. Learn more  here .  

April Health Observances

Alcohol Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month
National Child Abuse Awareness Month
National Minority Health Month
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
STI Awareness Month
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

is KJZZ's (also part of Rio Salado College) youth media center. The program serves students in after-school, in-school and summer programs. They recruit high school students 14-18. Check out Spot to see what's happening and how to get involved.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a new eBook-Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids: A Comprehensive Resource for Families with a Teen or Young Adult Struggling with Opioid Use. Download it here.

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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.