community outreach

Published: Published: September 1st, 2017

21st Century Community Learning Center Program Spotlights

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Arizona Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Program Spotlights the following three recipients for being nominated and celebrated during the 16th Annual Out-of-School Time Awards of Excellence at the Fall Conference for Arizona Center for After School Excellence:

    Tami Taylor, 21st CCLC Coordinator from Paradise Valley Unified School District for being nominated for the Outstanding Out-of-School Time Professional Award
    Thomas Bedoya, 21st CCLC Coordinator from Yuma Elementary School District for being nominated for the Melanie McClintock Leadership Award
    Irma Navarro, 21st CCLC Coordinator from Arizona Youth Partnership for being nominated for the Melanie McClintock Leadership Award

These exemplary individuals display their daily dedication and commitment to high quality, out-of-school programs preparing youth for college and careers in their local communities. Congratulations of a well-deserved acknowledgement to the passion you share in serving the youth of Arizona.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information visit:

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Published: Published: July 27th, 2017

Teen Challenge of Arizona: Back to School Bash

Photo of Reverend Snow Peanbody, Superintendent Diane Douglas, and Pastor Jeff of Teen Challenge Arizona with a student holding his new backpack full of supplies.

The campus of Grand Avenue Teen Challenge of Arizona buzzed with milling families, playing children, and happy canines during the 8th Annual Back to School Bash on July 15, 2017. The free family event hosted a cookout, live band, and hip hop dance group. But the star attraction was the backpack full of free school supplies handed out to every child in attendance.

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Teen Challenge Arizona gave out dozens of backpacks full of school supplies at its 8th Annual Back to School Bash.

Hundreds of residents from around the Grand Avenue (Phoenix) location turned out to take advantage of the social event. The cookout consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs generously grilled by the Phoenix Fire Department. We suppose if anyone is accustomed to standing over intense heat on a July afternoon, it would be our hardworking firefighters who smiled and laughed like it wasn’t a million degrees outside! Also included were bags of snack chips, sliced watermelon, and ice cold water happily served by Teen Challenge Arizona volunteers beneath shade canopies covering more than half of the campus’s open area.

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Watermelon and water helped with the heat.

Reverend Snow Peabody, the Teen Challenge of Arizona’s Executive State Director, and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas helped Teen Challenge staff and volunteers greet the families and hand out backpacks. Superintendent Douglas thanked the attendees for their dedication to their children’s education and future success, before letting them get back to the day’s entertainment and meal. However, Arizona’s monsoon season is fickle and soon dark skies rearranged the day’s schedule. Families and volunteers alike enjoyed visiting and eating while they sheltered from the weather. Despite both the heat and the rain, Teen Challenge volunteers made sure every child in attendance received their much-needed school supplies.

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