Collective STEP for Youth Newsletter
May 2017

Free Professional Development Opportunity
Stories with Staying Power
  Thursday, June 22
Mark Your Calendar!  
Thursday, June 22
Desert Willow Conference Center 
4340 East Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Registration opens June 2.  
Your experience matters.
Stories can shape communities, inspire action, and make a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.
Learn how to use your stories to enhance the resilience of young people and the organizations that serve them.
Attendees will:
Learn how to identify and share persuasive personal and professional anecdotes.
Practice targeting messages to different audiences to achieve specific goals.
Have fun, network, and enjoy the company of Arizona's incredible adolescent health community!

Interested in being an Exhibitor? CLICK HERE, SPACE IS LIMITED.

For more information email
Capacity Building Mini-Grant Recipients
This spring Collective STEP for Youth was proud to offer a capacity building award to qualified recipients. Funds will be used to implement projects that support the goals of Collective STEP for Youth or the Collective STEP for Youth Coalition.

Several strong applicants were identified. Awards were ultimately offered to:

Friendly House
Friendly House provides a variety of supports to Arizona families, including adult and elementary education, immigration assistance, and human services. Friendly House is currently working with a low-income charter school in South Phoenix to pilot Wyman's Teen Outreach Program (TOP™) with middle and high school aged students. The organization will use their grant funds to incentivize TOP™ participation, recruit more students, and expand into additional schools.

Peer Solutions
Peer Solutions is a youth development and leadership program that was founded in 1996. The organization works to reduce risk factors for violence, substance use, and teen pregnancy through the use of peer to peer education. Peer Solutions will use their grant funds to design and implement a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program with input from the youth they serve. They will also use funds to train peer educators and staff.
Mulligan's Manor / Sunaire Residential Group Homes / Youth World Education Project (YWEP)  Mulligan's Manor, Sunaire Residential Group Homes, and YWEP opted to apply for grant funds collaboratively. YWEP works to strengthen families by engaging parents and providing youth development programs. YWEP will use funds to provide TOP™ facilitator training to Sunaire Residential Group Home staff. Sunaire, a residential housing program for males in DCS care, will use funds to sustain the TOP™ program at their facilities. Mulligan's Manor, a group home for LGBTQ youth, will use their award to host a TOP™-oriented 3-day youth development retreat for residents of Sunaire Residential Group Homes and Mulligan's Manor.

We are beyond excited to partner with these agencies and cannot wait to see all the great things they'll accomplish! 

What's going on with funding?
One major hurdle is cleared: Congress has voted to continue funding to the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) at FY2016 levels. The OAH is the federal agency that funds Collective STEP for Youth. The next step is OAH budgeting. If the OAH elects to continue funding Collective STEP for Youth (which we feel positive they will!), then the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will determine if the county will accept these funds to continue providing the programming.
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
In honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Month, we wanted to share this video from the OAH. It reminds us of the importance of this work and the wide-reaching benefits of teen pregnancy prevention. Enjoy.
Why focus on preventing teen pregnancy?
Why focus on preventing teen pregnancy?

Get involved! You and your organization can make a difference, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days to devote to supporting National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. HERE are some resources, tools, and ideas to fit any budget or amount of time. is a teen friendly site from The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It encourages teens to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting.  This month they have created a game and a quiz in honor of TPP month.
Both fun, interactive resources challenge young people to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment" through a series of interactive scenarios.  

Events, Opportunities and Resources
Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources - Youth Leadership Council Summit
May 27th. Learn about stress management, public speaking, resume building, healthy relationships, applying for jobs and scholarships.

Native Health - Diabetes Prevention Youth Camp May 30th  - June 2nd for Native American youth ages 10-12

one.n.ten - Camp OUTdoors is the largest LGBTQA youth leadership camp in the world. Applications are open for campers, volunteers and those who would like to provide a workshop. All one.n.ten programs are free.
Please apply at by June 12, 2017.

Arizona Department of Health Services - Four state-wide adolescent brain development training during the summer of 2017 at locations across Arizona.   Click on the picture under "Featured Classes" for details on each of these four classes.  
Employment Opportunities 
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.