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.
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STEP had 26 unique organizations join us at the February Coalition meeting!  Check out the PowerPoint,
meeting minutes and some highlights:
  • Thank you to the Arizona Department of Education for hosting.
  • 114 partners completed our Fall resource assessment, sharing their training needs and input on resources for youth-serving organizations.  Check out some of the results!
  • Members learned more about one another (using these fun thumbballs) and shared many valuable events, opportunities and resources.
Please join us for the next STEP Coalition meeting to network, hear the results of the PARTNER survey, and join one of the following work groups: Professional Development, The Hub, and Collaboration and/or Grants.

Wednesday, April  4th   
Arizona Department of Economic Security
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tracy Pedrotti at 602-372-1441 or
  Confirmation of attendance needed by March 30th for an accurate headcount for lunch. Thank you! 
Last month, we released a Request for Proposals in search of a youth-serving, community based organization to partner with Collective STEP for Youth to develop an online clearinghouse of resources for professionals, informally called "the Hub."

After reviewing the proposals, we're thrilled to announce that we're partnering with the Arizona Family Health Partnership to develop the Hub. We've had our initial meeting and are excited about the energy and commitment to this key project. Stay tuned for a pilot test of the website once it is developed!

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Suarez, Program Support Specialist, at
Adonis Deniz Jr. (left) and Gina Read (right).
Adonis Deniz Jr. 
Adonis serves as a Collective STEP for Youth Steering Committee Member. He grew up in Florida and moved to Arizona when he was fourteen. He serves on the committee to improve community health for adolescents by helping to build a strong, connected network of youth-serving professionals in Maricopa County. Adonis brings data analysis, developing infrastructures and strategic planning experience to the coalition. He hopes that this role will help to expand his skill-set and provide an opportunity to learn  how to fill in gaps in the system.
Gina Read
Gina serves as a Collective STEP for Youth Steering Committee Member. She is a native Arizonan and serves on the committee because she feels positive impact at an early age far outweighs trying to help at a later age. She understands all ages matter, but this age (adolescence) is critical. Gina brings good editing skills and a variety of resources to the coalition. She loves to learn and enjoys autumn.  


Thank you to all who have registered for the Fourth Annual Adolescent Summit-Connecting Hope: Uniting for Youth. We have an exciting event planned that will incorporate a high energy opener, inspiring keynote speakers and informative breakout sessions, all promoting unity, innovation and collaboration. We look forward to seeing you there! To view the agenda, speaker and breakout session information, please visit the Adolescent Summit website here.

We are currently SOLD OUT! If you have registered and are unable, please contact us to cancel so that others can register or if you would like your name added to the wait list, please email   
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Eileen Aguilar, Adolescent Professional Development Coordinator at
Tempe Coalition will host a FREE workshop,Teens and Drug Use, on Tuesday, February 20 at Tempe Community Council. Josh Azevedo will present on signs and symptoms of teen drug use, how parents can talk to teens, and provide information on available treatment resources. Learn more here.  
Family Bridges will host the Helping Boys THRIVE Summit on February 24 from 8am-3:30pm at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix. Register here   
Kaity's Way in collaboration with Dance Fusion will be hosting a Charity Dance Marathon on February 24 from noon-6pm. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of dance classes by simply donating a minimum of $5 for every 30 minute class during the 6 hour marathon. To learn more email KW08@KAITYSWAY.ORG   
The YMCA is hosting, "Are you Ready to Work?" workshop on February 28 in collaboration with Neighborhood Ministries. Childcare assistance will be available upon request. To RSVP, contact Jacob Hahn at    
Neighborhood Ministries is hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, March 6 from 10am to 1pm. Register here.      
Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID) is hosting The Sue Gilbertson Leadership Award Celebration on Saturday, March 10 at the Orange Tree Golf Club & Resort. Register today!
The American Indian Disability Summit will take place on March 23 at Desert Willow Conference Center. The theme "Gathering Native Voices to Strengthen Support for Family Caregivers" will explore interaction, networking, education and support for American Indians with disabilities and their families. Register here.  
NorthBridge College Success Program will host "Starring in Your Own Movie" on Saturday, April 7 at Marketplace One. Learn more here.      
Arizona Public Health Association will be hosting their Spring Conference on April 11 at Desert Willow Conference Center. Participants will learn how to ensure their voices are heard by policymakers at all levels. Learn more and register here. Maricopa County Department of Public Health is offering registration scholarships to the upcoming AzPHA Spring Conference. If you are interested in applying, please fill out all information   here and submit as soon as possible. For more information, please contact: Alejandra Kisebach at  
Raising Special Kids is hosting a Symposium on Children with Special Health Care Needs on Thursday, April 12. Register here.   
March for Babies will have their annual march on Saturday, April 14. For more information, contact Valerie Tichenor at 602-287-9935 or  
Kids at Hope will be hosting the 13th Annual National Youth Development Master's Institute for youth and youth-serving adults. The event will take place May 6-11. Partial scholarships are available for partners to attend. Learn more here.   

Delaware North is accepting applications for full-time and seasonal positions. Learn more here.

The Governor's Youth Commission is searching for experts in the fields of Youth Leadership, Youth Volunteerism, Civic Education, Substance Abuse, Bullying, Distracted Driving and Teen Dating Violence who are willing to share their talent and expertise with high school students. Submit a proposal to lead a workshop by March 2, 2018 here.

Young Advocates Institute Southwest is recruiting Youth Advisory Council members. To apply, applicants must be 13-17 years old, and have an interest in social justice, ending oppression, and promoting equity. Learn more here.

American Nonprofit Academy provides low cost online training designed for maximum results and realistic approaches. Learn more about what courses are offered here

Arizona Department of Economic Security-Rehabilitation Services Administration provides FREE Pre-Employment Transition Services for youth with any kind of disability between the ages of 14-22 who are in an education program to help prepare them for success. Learn more here.

LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. is accepting applications for a FT/PT Research Assistant Position. View the job description 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.