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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Sexual Abuse Prevention, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Casa's mission is to provide social and emotional learning programs and bullying prevention to children and adolescents to develop optimal relationship skills and to prevent abusive and violent relationships. Casa's prevention programs prevent children from becoming abused, from becoming abusive, bullying people, and from becoming involved in abusive relationships. In addition, Casa leads call to action movements to increase public awareness of verbal, and emotional, other abusive behaviors and to implement abuse prevention programs and social and emotional learning programs in schools, camps and after-school systems, as well as in businesses, houses of worship, health centers, and public entities.

Results: Casa has reached: 1 million children in our sexual abuse prevention programs, Kids Talk, stopping sexual abuse for thousands of victims, resulting in arrests of numerous sex offenders. 80,000 teens with Casa healthy vs. unhealthy dating relationship program, POWER 25,000 students, teachers and parents with Social and Emotional Intelligence Learning (SEL) and bullying prevention programs

Target demographics: children learn Social and Emotional skills and bully prevention techniques.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided SEL trainings in 9 AZ Schools reaching approximately 2,000 students, teachers, and parents

Geographic areas served: Phoenix, Arizona

Programs: Casa major program Prevention Education to teach positive social and emotional intelligence and relationship skills along with programs to prevent bullying, sexual abuse and teen dating violence. Since 1980, Casa Programs have reached over 900,000 children, teens and adults. Casa also leads the Arizona State membership alliance SEL 4 AZ of individuals and organizations who advocate throughout AZ to integrate Social and Emotional learning (SEL) in all AZ schools, families, businesses and communities.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alex M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Casa Center for Positive Social Change is one of the most innovative and important programs I've found. It is my sincere hope that one day this education will be a standard part of every school program, but until then, I wish the good people at Casa the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always been 100% behind CASA! They do the best work I know of in the state for being there for kids in personal crisis, for those dealing with being bullied at school and more! They offer sound advice and constructive, positive ways for young people to learn how to deflect negative obstacles and find their true, wiser voice. CASA knows all kids need to believe they will be heard as valued members of society, and that their newly found confidence can fuel greater futures for them by embracing the caring guidance they received from CASA. One way I saw how many young people chose to share their feelings by the aid of CASA was at a local art gallery through some drawings, poetry, and even through abstract collages, made possible by some of their student clients. The art work displayed thought provoking situations by young artists in pain which spoke volumes to us observers. I was so grateful to know CASA was there to share with us patrons these cries for help. I believe CASA is here to be there for all of us because they really do know how to turn tears of fear into tears of joy!

Client Served

Rating: 5


We absolutely love CASA and have made it part of our Washington school. CASA helps improve our climate and culture with staff and students! Thanks so much for all you do for us . We are so very thankful for our trainers who come and teach our students wonderful things. Thank you CASA, we love you and everything you do for us!
Highly recommend CASA to everyone!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to support an organization that facilitates the social emotional growth of children and young people in such a remarkable and life changing way. Casa has served the valley for over 40 years and continues to evolve to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started writing grants for Casa more than 20 years ago and have learned firsthand how important Casa's mission of teaching Social and Emotional Learning skills is to children and families throughout the Valley. This is especially true in today's new social climate in which young people find it easier to bully through social media and the internet. Now more than ever, Casa's programs are needed to incorporate a social and emotional curriculum in order to prevent violence before it begins and to help our youth flourish and reach their potential.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Casa Center for Positive Change is an amazing non-profit! I have seen first hand how it has positively changed kids lives through the program they have that helps kids understand emotional intelligence and prevent future bulling/bullies. We need more of Casa in our schools!

Donor

Rating: 5

Casa truly opened my eyes to the power of emotional intelligence. By educating our communities, in particular the next generation, Casa is helping push humanity to a better place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 43 years Casa has helped children develop emotional and social intelligence through their programs. In the Phoenix metropolitan area alone they have helped more than a million children! It has been my honor to be a volunteer for this fabulous organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a trainer at Casa for over a year and have been able to see the impact and positive change this nonprofit makes up close! The children Casa serves are able to express emotions and communicate effectively by the end of the program they participate in. The best part is how much the kids LOVE to see Casa show up at their schools.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 40 years, Casa has been at the center of helping children, teens and adults. Casa understands that the key to reducing bullying, abuse, and violence are programs designed to develop social and emotional intelligence. As a member of the board, I am always amazed and inspired by Casa's commitment to families, to healthy relationships, and to making our world a kinder more loving place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa. the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Violence, a forward thinking and noble organization, offers services to both children and teens that help to end physical, sexual and verbal abuse, and to promote education through skill building programs. Casa’s programs have been adopted in Elementary and High Schools throughout Phoenix, and educate our valley’s youths to help prevent them from becoming victims to abuse. Stephanie Orr has been the backbone of CASA for over 30 years and remains as inspirational and focused as the day she started with the organization. As a board member, I feel honored and privileged to work along side Stephanie as CASA continues to help our Valley's children enjoy healthier relationships and a safer city in which to grow.

1 jonihibdon

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m honored to be part of The Casa Center for Positive Social Change. This amazing organization provides our youth with emotional intelligence through social and emotional learning which will significantly reduce societal challenges we’re faced with in the world today. Providing people with tools to help manage behaviors at a young age will greatly benefit them as future employees and leaders across the world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so excited to be part of this organization! Arming our youth with coping skills will produce future leaders. We have so many children in school systems today that do not have the tools necessary to deal with the obstacles of everyday life. Our programs can provide the emotional intelligence skills necessary for each child to drive positive social change and pay it forward.

1 Marla M.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a former Board Member, I have marveled at the way Casa has grown over the past 10 years by responding to the desperate need to teach children not only how to be happy and thrive, but how to avoid the downfalls of bullying so prevalent today.

Led by an extraordinary team, Casa continues to respond to the needs of our children and schools with fresh and thoughtful week and after week.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with CASA for over 10 years. One of my favorite things is to have a child tell me that they remembered me and what I had said to keep them safe. I have spoken with so many children over the years, that tell me of something that happened, and what they knew to do from attending the CASA programs. I often wonder what may have happen if CASA programs had not been available to them. I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a part of the CASA organization. Patye Shea

timramos

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has seen the need of our at risk children and youth, and stepped up to the challenge. As a nonprofit president of SAFE, I know how hard it is to be involved with this age group and finding more resources for them. We will recommend your Organization when you are needed. Thank you so much for the great work you do.

Timothy Erwin Ramos
President SAFE
safe4youth.com

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Stephanie
Thank you so much for the informative presentation - we so appreciate the time that you took to prepare and to make the drive into Tempe! these are some of the comments I heard: What a wonderful presenter....so knowledgable....so interesting....what expert information...what an eloquent speaker...really enjoyed the guest speaker...she was so informative about a sensitive subject and at the same time funny and engaging...what wealth of information the presenter had...so involved in the field......
I specially enjoyed how organized you were with the information and the informative handouts. The information you provided was timely for many old timers and new staff to hear and be conscious of when working with students - we thought the tips you provided are useful and pertinent to the work we do. THANK YOU!!! from Student Support Staff at TD3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Casa is a non profit organization that takes care of children and adolescents that suffered domestic abuse or were molested. Casa does a amazing work by taking care of the future since kids are the future of the society.

Lali C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Brazilian Nursing Student living at Arizona, a few weeks ago I heard about Casa and start to learn more about their work. I am impressed with all the stories of behavior change they helped to perform, with their work with prevention through group program, and how the concepts of emotional intelligence and positiveness are present in every thing they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a trainer with Casa for the past four years, and can tell many stories of lives being changed, for children and for parents. This past semester, one of the classes I worked with was middle-school students who are at risk of not graduating high school. They reported a significant improvement on behaviors that relate to emotional intelligence, personal responsibility, and relationship skills following a 9-week SEL course.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working for Casa for 11 years. I loved this job more than any other I have ever had and, as I get older, realize that I will be lucky to get even close to level of satisfaction I had helping children, teachers, parents, and community members in Arizona as a Casa employee during the rest of my professional life. Casa's programs, simply put, work. They are built on the principle of fostering healthy relationships and educating both youth and adults on the necessity of understanding how our actions affect one another. i cannot think of a better organization to support as they lead our city in the struggle to end abuse and relationship violence.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

As a Casa employee, I was able to visit literally hundreds, if not thousands, of classrooms over the 11 years I worked for Casa. With the POWER program (Positive Outcomes Within Every Relationship), Casa is able to 7th through 12th grade students an alternative to unhealthy and abusive relationships, as well as offer an incredible opportunity for an open, informed discussion about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This is a vital program and our children deserve to have the opportunity to learn from experts.

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Casa Cares 10/01/2010

Tom - YOur comments break my heart actually! You are one of the most talented teachers of middle school and high school students I have ever experienced in my 30 years working with teens. Greatest loss to AZ and to our nation was when the economy began to decline and Casa could no longer employ you full time. I will continue to try to figure out how we can get you back full time as the guy who rocks and literally changes teens lives before our eyes...a very rare but critical needed compenent.