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CCC&Y Spotlight — Executive director Virginia Watahomigie serves as vital link to support members, partners and community to benefit local children and families

We ignite collective action that creates better lives for children and families.”

That is the Mission Statement of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth. And with a county as large as Coconino (second largest in the nation), with an individual, non-profit and for-profit membership approaching 100, and a diverse, dedicated and talented board of directors — it takes a special individual to bring all these moving parts together to benefit families throughout Northern Arizona.

Virginia Watahomigie joined CCC&Y in September 2016. In a CCC&Y news posting at the time, she said: “The opportunity to work with CCC&Y is rewarding and very exciting as the work and reputation of the Coalition is impeccable. I have found the members to be genuinely dedicated to children’s issues. I feel privileged to further this mission, as well as, continue building relationships with the community” …

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Virginia since she took over as executive director in 2016,” said Jennifer Hernandez, project manager with the Center for the Future of Arizona; past vice-president and current member of CCC&Y’s board of directors. “Virginia leads with compassion and an extensive knowledge of mental health and youth well-being. She has greatly expanded the coalition’s footprint and deepened the work in the community.”

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y’s Virginia Watahomigie; Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Mango-Paget named 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona by Arizona Capitol Times

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of CCC&Y, and Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Mango-Paget have been selected as 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona by Arizona Capitol Times.

They join 20 other individuals who will be honored at the 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona luncheon to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix

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The 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona celebrates the accomplishments of top women in numerous fields, the publication reported.Amidst a challenging year, these leaders persevered and excelled. Their collective work helps Arizonans today and prepares the state for a flourishing future. The Achievers will also be profiled in a special edition of the Arizona Capitol Times. 

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y Executive Director Virginia Watahomigie honored with the Marcia Stanton Award by the Arizona ACEs Consortium

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, was presented with the Marcia Stanton Award on Dec. 16 by the Arizona ACEs Consortium at the 8th annual statewide ACEs summit.

The Arizona ACEs Consortium is a collaboration of more than one hundred individuals, state, county, private organizations and professionals from all walks of life, united by a desire to help Arizona’s children. It promotes a greater understanding of the impacts of toxic stress and trauma, and supports efforts to address and prevent them.

“The Marcia Stanton Award was established in 2018 and pays homage to the original leader of the ACEs movement, Marcia Stanton. It is awarded to an individual who displays a commitment, perseverance and dedication to spread the awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and someone that leads action in their community to decrease the prevalence and effect of ACEs on both children and adults,” said Angie Burleson, executive director of the consortium. “This Award honors excellence in leadership, collaboration and the advancement of the PACEs movement in AZ.

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Connections Spotlight: Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Prevent Substance Abuse in Youth

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) strives to prevent substance abuse and other negative outcomes in adulthood by understanding the effects of childhood traumatic experience and mobilizing community action. Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of addiction. Sadly, however, Arizona ranks higher than the national average for children who have experienced ACEs. These can include childhood traumas such as abuse and neglect. In fact, according to the Arizona ACE Consortium, “It is estimated that nearly 70,000 children in Arizona have more than five ACEs.”

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CCC&Y names new executive director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please welcome Virginia Watahomigie as the new Executive Director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth.

Virginia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (minor in Family Studies) from Northern Arizona University and is completing work on a Master’s degree in Administration from the university.

She was with Arizona’s Children Association for 12 years, most recently she served as a program director in Southern Arizona, responsible for the agency’s Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and ICPC (interstate compact) programs for five counties. The agency is the oldest and largest Child Welfare/Behavior Health organization in the state of Arizona, with services in every county.

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