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Prevention

The Pima Prevention Partnership's Prevention Services department offers a variety of programs, including:


Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Since 1998, Pima Prevention Partnership’s B Unique Teen Pregnancy Prevention program has focused on building healthy relationships, teen pregnancy prevention, and STD/HIV prevention education for 9,000 pre-teens and teens each year. An additional 8,000 community members participate in annual awareness events. Over 180 high school students serve in B Unique’s Peer Leadership program in both Tucson and Phoenix. Over 650 parents each year participate in parent workshops.  B Unique is funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and also in part through a pass-through grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

B Unique has numerous community partners, including the Pima County Children's Council, the Tucson Unified School District #1, the Vail and Sunnyside School Districts, the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Pima County Juvenile Court Center, the Catholic Diocese of Southern Arizona, the YMCA, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, Pima County Parenting Coalition, Arizona Healthy Relationship Education Coalition, Pima Community College, Hope Fest Organization, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, Compass Health Care, Kino Teen Center, City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Programs, City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments, and the City of South Tucson Police Department


Family Strengthening

Good parenting skills develop over time. Families become stronger with education and training. Since 2000, the Pima Prevention Partnership has been providing parenting skills training and family strengthening workshops in Tucson and Pima County. With unique problems facing children these days, many parents look to the PPP’s Parent Services for help with improving family togetherness and communication skills of family members. From counseling, to training, to home-based programs, we provide parents with the skills they need to positively support their families. The major purpose of the Family Strengthening program is to help families avoid substance use and other unhealthy risk behaviors among their children. In 2009, the Pima Prevention Partnership won a national Science and Service Award for its strengthening families program from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Children of Incarcerated Parents

PPP has been working to complete local and statewide needs assessments and develop programs to serve children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers since 2000. In 2001, the National Institute of Corrections awarded the PPP one of four planning grants in the U.S. to assess the needs of this population in Pima County. In 2007, PPP completed a comprehensive report of the statewide Arizona Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights project in which 250 individuals participated.

Since 2003, PPP’s STARS Mentoring Project has collaborated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters organizations, the Arizona’s Children Association, and numerous partners to provide mentoring services to 3,573 children of incarcerated parents and support services to 1781 parents and kinship caregivers in Pima, Maricopa, Gila, Yavapai, Navajo, Pinal, Apache, and Coconino Counties. These efforts resulted in identifying and addressing the unmet needs of the children of incarcerated parents and had positive impacts on school attendance, school performance, and parent/child interactions. In 2008, the Pima Prevention Partnership’s STARS Mentoring Project for children of incarcerated parents received national recognition as a Benchmark Program by the federal Administration for Children and Families. The PPP has published a series of resource guides for caregivers of children of incarcerated parents, including "Are You Taking Care of Someone Else’s Child?" in Spanish and English for Pima and Maricopa Counties and the statewide guide, "Arizona Family Members Behind Bars."


Youth Tobacco Prevention

PPP has been coordinating anti-tobacco projects and conducting tobacco-related Random Unannounced Inspections with tobacco vendors since 1994. Between 1994 and 2000, PPP and the American Cancer Society coordinated two anti-tobacco projects, both funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: the Smokeless States Initiative and the Full Court Press program. Full Court Press engaged youths in developing and identifying ways to address tobacco-related community problems through a highly visible, counter-advertising campaign, and a vigorous anti-tobacco use advocacy effort. Full Court Press achieved a 27 percent reduction in youth tobacco use in Tucson after a six-year effort. Full Court Press youth members were instrumental in educating local policy makers toward a ban on smoking in restaurants, establishing tobacco vendor compliance training, and making tobacco use cessation services more accessible to youths.

With funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services/Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, PPP is currently coordinating youth tobacco coalition work with all 15 counties in Arizona.

In addition, PPP continues with annual vendor compliance checks across the state to ensure illegal tobacco sales to youths are reduced across Arizona.


Americorps

Pima Prevention Partnership serves as a program site for the Arizona AmeriCorps state program, a volunteer and service program funded by the Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith, and Families and the Corporation for National Community Service. AmeriCorps members assist with programs in prevention services, Pima Partnership Academy, Pima Partnership and Pima Partnership Performing Arts High School, B-Unique Teen Pregnancy Prevention, The REC (Youth Re-engagement Center), Amachi Mentoring Program, and workforce readiness initiatives.



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