Mission: In partnership with communities, arizona youth partnership cultivates healthy foundations for youth and promotes strong families.
Programs: Arizona youth partnership (azyp) was founded in 1990 by a group of concerned pima county citizens who sought to provide rural communities in the county access to the services available in the tucson metro area. In 2006, azyp expanded to serve rural communities across arizona and seeks to employ a root cause approach to fight poverty by building healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement that utilize a three-pronged approachto accomplish our mission:cultivating healthy foundations for youth: azyp offers evidence-based relationship education, afterschool and youth leadership programs that equip youth to focus on life success goals and work to prevent teen pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse and anti-social behaviors. Azyp served 14 school districts across nine counties in arizona and served over 6,000 youth through these programs. Azyp also served 33 youth in our basic shelter (harbor house) which serves homeless and runaway youth in mohave county. Promoting strong families: azyp family programs offer practical knowledge, strategies and tools to build and sustain healthy marriages, parenting, and economic self-sufficiency. This past year, 140 families across arizona completed a 7-week, strengthening families parent & family education program that focuses on building family communication; 651 individuals participated in azyps building futures for families program which combines relationship education with job and career case management for low-income families and as a result, 188 individuals found jobs, and 112 received advanced certificates. Mobilizing communities through coalitions: azyp assists community coalitions with resources that facilitate community-wide change focused on prevention of substance abuse and underage drinking. Azyp facilitated coalitions in rural and underserved arizona communities and through these mobilization and resource development strategies enabled the advancement of six successful community coalitions in pima and mohave counties.