The teens aren't ready to give up on YAC! They're holding a fundraiser to sustain the remainder of their year and hopefully get them to Disneyland as a final farewell to the program.Read More
Child & Family Resources is getting ready for our Youth Advisory Council for the 2017-2018 School Year!
Members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) gain valuable experience working in leadership roles to influence the community and make it a better place for everyone. Former YAC members have gone on to the Youth Leadership Team for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, SIROW’s Youth Advisory Board, the Women’s Foundation UNIDAS Advisory Group, as well as college scholarships and more!
YAC members also receive lunch every day they attend, program-related gifts and giveaways, and gift cards!
Youth Advisory Members must be:
- Ages 11 to 20
- Living, working, or attending school in Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz County
- Willing and able to attend all meetings and events (see 2017-2018 schedule)
Transportation is only provided for the Retreat. Youth are responsible for arranging their own transportation for all other events.
A Mandatory Orientation for anyone interested in applying will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 * 10 am-11 am. You must attend in order to apply.
Andrea joined Child & Family Resources' Youth Empowered for Success (YES) as a student in high school. She participated as an active member of the group, until she assumed a leadership role as a Youth Mentor, helping to lead her school and team members in community building projects.
Now, she is actively pursuing a degree in social work at Arizona State University. Read ASU's article about her -- including the role YES played in her career decisions: Dreamer Proves Hard Work Pays Off.
>> Learn more about YES
Kathy and Katia
Katia's birth took an unexpected turn -- already diagnosed with a heart murmur, Katia's heart beat slowed dangerously during delivery and doctors rushed Kathy into emergency C-section. Katia was born with facial palsy, a heart murmur, deafness, and breathing challenges to due to issues with her trachea . It was nothing like what she and her husband had imagined, but Kathy says, "She was perfect for us." Katia was a feisty baby, showing a strong will to thrive, and she grew into a little girl who loved to dance, dress up, and put on makeup.
Kathy and family joined Child & Family Resources' Healthy Families program, when Katia was a baby. Roxanne, their Family Support Specialist, was there to encourage them all to do well, and guide the family through normal stages of development. She even helped Kathy guide Katia through potty training.
Kathy and Katia graduated from Healthy Families. Last year, Katia started school where she continues to shine. Healthy Families will always be a part of their experience. ""Roxanne is a friend," Kathy said, "I loved working with her."
>> Learn more about Healthy Families.
Quality Early Care
We already know that one of the great barriers to employment is finding quality child care, but it's not as commonly acknowledged as a barrier to education, as well (although, there is some gaining acknowledgement of the issue). Yet, at Child & Family Resources, we know that one of the big reasons that young mothers fail to complete education is because of a lack of access to quality child care.
Child & Family Resources' Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents (MCAP) has eliminated that barrier, providing a free, on-site, accredited, and four-star rated, on-site Early Learning Center. The Early Learning Center is directly across the hall from the classrooms, allowing mother the opportunity to check in on her child and participate in special projects or festivities, like Halloween! While mothers pursue their High School Equivalency, their children are getting a head start on their education, because highly skilled teachers are providing an environment that will lay a strong foundation for all of their future learning.