April 14 — CCC&Y, community partners puts focus on importance of mentoring with virtual program

Apr 12, 2021 | CCC&Y Info & Events

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

Are you concerned with the challenges facing our youth and families?

Have you felt called to learn more or maybe even get involved as a mentor?

All are invited to learn a bit about the importance community members can play in the development of resilience through connections with a virtual program from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2021. 

Partners include Arizona’s Children Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters Flagstaff, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Coconino County, the Family Involvement Center and Native Americans for Community Action (NACA).

Grant funding provided by Arizona Department of Child Safety and Health Choice Arizona.

The effort to take a collaborative approach to mentorship began with talks with various community organizations.

“The starting discussion was how could these groups work together to inform about the mentoring needs in the community,” said Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth. “It evolved to how we can raise awareness about building connections and responding to childhood trauma from a community level.”

COVID-19 has affected parents, children and others in the community in a variety of ways.

“Prior to COVID, CCC&Y was very concerned with the alarming numbers around childhood trauma, substance use and mental health in our county” she said. “The isolation, loss of connections, stress, fear and access to resources felt by many during the pandemic would be increasing concerns around these issues. Now more than ever, it is so important for the community to be coming together.”

Watahomigie hopes this initial collaborative effort will lead to more people working together to help solve these common problems.

“At a minimum, I really hope that we raise awareness that we all need help and support at some point, but we also all have the potential to share and give to others,” she said. “I hope this inspires individuals to increase their education around the issues in our community while inspiring hope that there is much we can all do.”

There is no obligation for this free informational event. Those in attendance will be eligible for gift card drawings.

Click here to register.