Calling All Youth Leaders!

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!

Download YAC Information Sheet


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.

Redefining Safe for Youth in Foster Care

Child & Family Resources' The Grrrls Project recently hosted the first-ever, and one-of-a-kind conference focused on the sexual health education needs of youth in foster care.

March 17-18, 2016, 110 attendees came together, as sexual health professionals and/or professionals working with systems-involved youth, to increase the number of "askable" adults in our community. Askable adults are approachable and informed adults trained in trauma informed care, inclusivity, safe environments, and sexual and reproductive health.

Sexuality is a key part of normal youth development. "Sexuality is an integral part of each person’s identity. Learning about our sexuality and achieving sexual health and well-being are lifelong processes that begin at birth and continue throughout our lives." (Planned Parenthood.)  However, system-involved youth are at higher risk for gaps in education and access to accurate information, as well as victimization. They have specific and important needs that aren't always addressed in standard sexual-health curricula. 

The two-day conference provided an opportunity for attendees chose from one of two tracks:

1. Providing Medically Accurate Sexuality

Increase knowledge of sexual health and how to provide medically accurate information in a way that is safe and inclusive

2. Specific Needs of System-involved Youth

Increase knowledge of the specific needs of systems-involved youth and how to adapt common sexual health lessons to better meet the needs of traumatized and exploited youth

Tracks included 

  • Addressing the Sexual Health Needs of System-Involved Youth through Collaboration 
  • Firing on All Cylinders: Adolescent Brain Development and Talking about Making Choices
  • Being an “Askable Adult”
  • Meeting the Sexual Health Needs of Youth in Foster Care
  • The State of Foster Care in Arizona
  • Sex Ed 101: What You Thought You Already Knew About Birth Control and STDs
  • Youth Friendly Referral System
  • Arts Infusion Strategies
  • Trauma Informed Self Care

Experts in their field joined as presenters and facilitators: Itege Bailey, Cynnamon Woodberry, Sarah McNamara, Piper Weinberg, Janene Fluhr, Barbara Guillen, LaJuana Johnson, Vicki Hadd-Wissler, Maria Rodriguez, Arcelia Cornidez, Bryanda Acuña, Virginia Miller, MiaMichelle Henry, Teresa Simone, and Dr. Jeff Dozoretz, 

Feedback on the conference was impressive. 

- Connecting with others. Good tools to take back with me
- Trauma informed care/ understanding that I can not do all or everything that is needed but I am just a piece of that change
- Meeting all of the wonderful people that work with families and gaining new perspective on how to engage families

Please stay-tuned for the dates of the March 2017 Redefining Safe conferenc, and learn how to become an askable adult! 

The Grrrls Project is a program of Child & Family Resources, Inc., funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family & Youth Services Bureau.

Teen Institute 2015

Students gather to plan, to celebrate, to empower, and learn at our annual Teen Institute. Representing Canyon Del Oro, Cienega, Desert View, Flowing Wells, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Sunnyside, and Tucson High, as well as Apollo Middle School, youth spent six days at the University of Arizona, with ten caring and dedicated adults, mapping out projects for the coming year, learning about themselves, learning about others, making friends, and making memories.

That's 83 students consuming 2,500 snacks, walking 8.2 miles each day, climbing 16 flights of stairs, 86 hours of work in a week, and building immeasurable power and connections in life. 

Photos and video by Cristine Dalton Photography

YES is an initiative in Pima County over the past twelve yearsthat mobilizes the power of youth to create conditions for success in schools and communities. YES involves teams from area high schools in a leadership effort that benefits schools and neighborhoods by raising youth voices in messages about community, healthy living, achievement and striving for an alcohol and drug free teen life. 

Teams returning in the new school year 2015-2016 to put their new knowledge and skills into practice by working to increase the sense of connectedness among students and staff at their schools and integrating a youth voice into community efforts with established area coalitions. 

Learn more about YES, visit YES on our Teen Page. 

Collaborating partners: Civil Operations Army National Guard, CODAC Behavioral Health Services, Dairy Queen, Tucson, Midvale location, University of Arizona, Beat 33- DJ Carlos Zeta

Participatinglocal coalitions: LPKNC, Amistades Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, 4R Community Alliance

Funding by: Community Partnership of Southern Arizona under a grant from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration