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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Working to Prevent Bullying

We all have a role to play in preventing bullying. Adults and youth who know what bullying is can better identify it and learn how to address it safely.

Collective STEP for Youth is working to provide training, education and resources to help professionals working with youth to better equip themselves to STOP bullying. Learn more about what we're are doing in the community and what resources are available to help adults reach out to youth:

On November 7, Collective STEP for Youth provided a Bullying Prevention Training for over 50 youth serving professionals. Participants learned important information on how to identify, prevent, and address bullying. They also identified effective techniques to bullying and best practices for prevention and intervention. Here are what some of the participants said after the training, " I am going to take this information back to my agency and share it with my Supervisor and staff, so we can begin to look at implementing Bullying prevention programs for the youth we serve." Other responses included, "Thank you for a great training!" and "I look forward to the next STEP training!"

Want to learn more about Bullying prevention? Here are some resources to share!

Teens and Cyberbullying: This blog post at asks a vexing question: why don't more teens reach out to trusted adults when they're being bullied online? Here are several studies with helpful information about young people's online behavior:

This month we would like to introduce a new segment...

Meet Tyre Davis, Coalition Chair
Tyre Davis was born and raised in Phoenix. He attended South Mountain High School, Scottsdale Community College, and finally Arizona State University. He currently works for the City of Phoenix and is serving as the Chair of the Coalition Steering Committee. Tyre joined the Steering Committee because his passion and goal is to help as many young people begin to build the best circumstances for their older future selves. He hopes that his creativity, empathy and listening skills we be useful on the committee and in his role as Chair. His top 5 strengths from StrengthsFinder include ideation, positivity, individuation, empathy, and developer; it is no doubt that Tyre is a strong and motivational leader. He is a feeler as much as a thinker, and he understands that no two people process information the same way--therefore he is most interested in learning how to quickly tap into someone's learning style so that he can best communicate and connect with them. His motivation is to know as much as he can about everything he can, so his favorite life lesson is to replace "I don't know" with "I'll find out" instead. One day, Tyre hopes to travel to Israel and visit Jerusalem.
Join us for our next Coalition Meeting!

Please join us for next month's STEP Coalition meeting to network and participate in one of the following  
Work Groups: Collaboration & Grants, Professional Development, or the HUB.  
Wednesday, December 6th  
Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center
at Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, 85012  
A fond farewell to our Coalition Lead, Carla Pelletier.   
You have made a lasting impact on Public Health, partners, youth, and our team and it is HARD to see you go.   
Carla, we wish you the very best in your future adventures.  
Thank you for your fun sense of humor, incredible work ethic, and positive attitude! 
For more information, please contact Tracy Pedrotti at 602-372-1441 or

ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center will host a Fall 2017 Health Equity Lecture Series, "Exploring the Relationship Between Welfare Participation in Childhood and Depression in Adulthood in the United States", on Wednesday, November 8, noon-1:00 pm. RSVP In-Person here or join the live webinar here   
one*n*ten will host Making Prideful Choices for youth ages 14-19 on November 13 at Unity of Mesa from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Contact or to register.   
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is hosting the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) Fall 2017 Summit on November 14 at Desert Willow Conference Center. ADHS will discuss and share progress on how the implementation of the AzHIP is impacting Arizonans. Register here      
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy invites you to join them on Wednesday, November 15 to say Thanks, Birth Control. They have e-cards, social media messages, and statistics to share with the youth you work with, partners, colleagues, and everyone in between. Get ideas and get informed at and   
The CARE Coalition will have their next meeting on November 17 from 11:30am-1:00pm at Tolleson Union High School District's office. RSVP here.  
Save the Date for Speaking Up, Speaking Out: A Black and Brown Conversation on Bullying, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Maryvale Community Center. The event will feature both a youth panel and an adult panel to discuss insights and best practices surrounding bullying prevention. This event will be facilitated by Bradley Snyder from The Dion Initiative. For more information, contact Loren Grizzard at 602-253-6904.  
Save the Date for December 18. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) will host a Bullying Prevention Workgroup Meeting. For more information, contact Behetrin Mohammed at  
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Office of Healthcare Innovation (Solicitation)
T he Maricopa County Department of Public Health's Office of Healthcare Innovation would like to contract with a vendor to assess 1) agencies who are currently working with members of the LGBTQ community as well as 2) community members to better understand current attitudes, policies and practices related to tobacco cessation. In addition, the vendor is asked to assist MCDPH in developing a 5 year plan for increasing quit attempts among this population. It is preferable that the chosen vendor(s) have a demonstrated collaboration or partnership between an organization with previous experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative market research and a community based organization that serves the LGBTQ community. Learn more here 
Innovation Next (Call for Innovators)
Are you interested in new ways to solve stubborn challenges? Do you have ideas about how technology can be used to improve teen pregnancy prevention outcomes for young people? Innovation Next, a partnership between The National Campaign and IDEO is accepting applications for innovation teams to participate in a six month accelerator program. Learn here about previous grantees and how to access the online application. Accepting Applications Oct 11-Nov 14.   
Office of the Advancement of Telehealth & Arizona State Office of Rural Health (Webinar)
National Rural Health Day is November 16, an opportunity to "Celebrate the Power of Rural." A National Rural Health Day Webinar will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 9:30-11:00am. Register here.  
American Public Health Association (AzPHA) Lunch & Learn Series (Webinar)
Join AzPHA for a Lunch & Learn Series: Public Health Law in a Nutshell: Pillars, Policies, Practices on November 16. Public health law is a multi-faceted field of theory and practice which is constantly changing in response to new challenges, interpretations, and evidence-based findings. Learn how to register here.
  The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) Call for Proposals
The National Indian Child Welfare Association's 36th Annual Protecting Our Children conference is accepting abstract submissions for its April 15-18, 2018, conference to be held in Anchorage, AK. Key presentation topics are family and youth involvement, children's mental health, child welfare, and judicial and legal affairs.   Accepting proposals until Thursday, November 16.  
Opportunities for Youth Executive Director (Job Opportunity)
Arizona State University (ASU) is accepting application for an Opportunities for Youth Executive Director. Learn how to apply here.  
Community YouthMapping in Arizona (RFQ)
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Bureau of Women's and Children's Health (BWCH) is partnering with Block by Block Consulting to implement a youth mapping project in Arizona. The Community YouthMapping (CYM) process is a youth development opportunity for young people. Young people are the key stakeholders in the planning, collection, analysis and dissemination of information in order to identify existing resources and opportunities within their communities. Block by Block Consulting assists the lead agency in planning and executing a Community YouthMapping project.  Block by Block Consulting will award up to four grants to plan and implement Community YouthMapping. Based on findings from the 2014 Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, communities that experience a large number of adverse childhood events (ACEs) are encouraged to apply. Learn more here.
Task Force on Children's Environmental Health (Request for Input)
The interagency President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children is developing a new
Federal Lead Strategy and seeks stakeholder input to ensure the strategy is comprehensive and inclusive. If you are interested, click here.   The due date for receipt of all comments is Friday, November 24, 2017.   
The Center on Network Science (Training Opportunity) 
The Center on Network Science will be hosting a webinar series, "Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool" on November 28. Register here.  
Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health (Workshop)
The National Academics of Sciences Engineering Medicine will be hosting a roundtable, one day workshop on November 28 in Oakland, CA. This public workshop will feature invited speaker presentations and discussions that will consider the history of immigration laws and policies and how these laws and policies affect not only immigrant health, but population health more broadly. Register here

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Job Opportunity)
Virginia F. Piper Charitable Trust is hiring! Two positions are currently open: Strategic Learning Officer and Piper Trust Resident Scholar. Applications are open until December 4.

STD Prevention Conference (Call for Abstracts)
The 2018 STD Prevention Conference has announced a call for abstracts. All abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, February 16, 2018.  Learn here about the requirements. For tips, advice and how to avoid common mistakes and errors when developing an abstract, click here.   


November Awareness Campaigns
The Federal Policy Action Center provides the latest status on evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, programs that increase access to contraception, such as the Title X Family Planning Program and Medicaid, as well as the Affordable Care Act's provision for no co-pay birth control. It includes a number of resources to help you educate policymakers about these programs.

For more than 20 years, the National Campaign has been improving the lives of young people by ensuring everyone has the power and tools to take charge of their sexual health. They have provided proven strategies and communicators and served up audience-centered reliable and accurate information about sexual health, including all methods of contraception. Select360 Services & Solutions can provide you off-the-shelf solutions to tailored support and technical assistance. Learn more here.

The CDC has released its 2016 STD Surveillance report. In addition to national and state data, they've created a fact sheet that can be edited and customized with local data, social media graphics, PowerPoint slides to download, and free posters and other materials.
Find facilitation tips for "Say the Color, Not the Word" here. (Quick, what are the following colors:
Green , Blue , Red ?) Instructions, handouts, and answer keys are provided for this fun energizer that's great for a short break during a long day of training. 

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Championing Healthy Kids 
Learn more here about new updates on the Championing Healthy Kids Act.  The bill would reauthorize the Personal Responsibility Program (PREP) for two years (through FY 2019) with two changes: 1) it adds victims of human trafficking as a target population and 2) it continues current competitive PREP grants through 2019. In addition, it extends for two years and significantly changes the Title V state abstinence education program, renaming it as the Youth Empowerment Program. The bill would also continue funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and other key "health extenders," such as community health centers.
The Effects of Relationship Education on Adolescent Traditional Gender Role Attitudes and Dating Violence Acceptance    
This study examined change in adolescents' traditional gender role attitudes and dating violence acceptance following completion of Relationship Smarts PLUS. A significant decrease in traditional gender role attitudes was found for both boys and girls following relationship education, with steeper decline in traditional gender role attitudes for boys than girls over time. Read more here.  
Just say know: Teens say pregnancy prevention programs are worth keeping         
Learn more here about what teens are saying and doing about teen pregnancy prevention programs and how some schools are  using innovative teaching methods to educate youth.    
How Technology Changes Teen Romance 
The topic of teenage romance and sex has always been charged, but today's pervasive digital technology has succeeded in turning up the wattage. Some parents have an easy and open channel with their adolescent around all things amorous while others find the subject painfully awkward and try to avoid it altogether. Regardless of where you and your teenager sit on this spectrum, the digital world puts a new spin on some of the timeless challenges of coming of age. When you're ready to talk, here are some points to consider. 

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.