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Community Development April 2013 CBI’s 2012 Annual Report was released in April. A link to the report is now on our website and printed copies are also available. CBI is now certified as a 2013 Qualifying Charitable Organization that can receive donations from the Working Poor Tax Credit Program. Donations of up to $200 (filing singly) or up to $400 (married filing jointly) can be made directly to CBI effective for January 1, 2013. Dr. Scarpati and Kristen Polin both had commentaries featured in Arizona Capitol Times in April and May. Dr. Scarpati’s support for Medicaid Expansion went to print on May 3 rd and Kristen’s commentary addressed the recent synthetic drugs ban that went into law in April. Both articles are attached. The 2013 Giving Guide published by the Phoenix Business Journal is now in circulation. Center for Hope would like to thank our sponsor, Brown and Brown Insurance Agency, for their generous support in helping us join this list of organization making a difference in Arizona.

Center for Hope ranked among the top 15 nonprofits to receive much-needed funding as part of this week’s Arizona Gives Day initiative. Raising more than $13,000 in less than two weeks, Center for Hope quickly became a donor favorite as generous online donations streamed in throughout the day on 3/20/13 and two weeks after this one day of giving. CFH also qualified for a $1,000 prize for having the highest number of donors in a single hour!

Taking place for the first time in Arizona, Arizona Gives Day gave individuals and organizations the opportunity to come together online, connect with causes they care about, and make tax-deductible donations to as many nonprofits as possible in 24 hours. Donations made to Center for Hope will help to build our new nursery on our residential campus.

Media Spotlight CBS 5 TV interview with Stephanie Siete proivided information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held on Saturday, April 27th, 2013. CBI and Mesa Police Department partnered to create a short PSA on April 10th about the latest news on synthetic drugs and new laws that ban these dangerous chemicals sold in local headshops and convenience stores. This video is streaming on YouTube from our Community Bridges AZ channel. Connect with CBI’s Social Media Network! In the social media world, CBI continues to grow our fan base with more than 4,500 viewers each month! Check out these outlets to see public comments, recommendations and feedback right on our Facebook timeline. We also link videos, news coverage, community resources, and real time agency updates. We are easy to find if you search Community Bridges AZ.

Community Education April 2013 CBI provides community education and training for emergency responders, community partners, law enforcement, schools and the criminal justice system. The focus of our workshops presented an overview of agency services, signs and symptoms of drug use and emerging drug trends. The following Education & Training workshops were provided during the month of April:

 30 Apache Junction parents learned about drug trends including synthetic drugs, Rx pills, heroin, alcohol and prevention resources at a class on April 2nd

 80 northern AZ police and fire first responders learned about synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice and the harmful effects and resources at trainings in Flagstaff on April 4-5th

 40 parents attended No Parent Left Behind and learned about synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice and the harmful effects and resources at a training on April 9th

 40 Probation officers learned about synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice and the harmful effects and resources at a training on April 10th

55 Penrose Academy adult students learned about synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice and the harmful effects and resources at a training on April 11th

 50 health care workers learned about synthetic drugs and the effects at a training at Gila River Health Care on April 16 th  100 parents and students attended the Anthem Operation HOPE event on April 17th and learned about drug trends in the area.

 35 students and parents attended a presentation on underage drinking and synthetic drugs on April 30th at Red Mountain Police Station

Prevention & Community Education April 2013

4th Annual “Above the Influence” event a success at Amazing Jake’s!

Event Highlights: 

325 youth and teens in attendance

151 tags collected

200 teens participate in the ATI face painting

90 teens participate in a scavenger hunt loaded with prizes and incentives

$11,401.50 in donated goods or in-kind services were secured for at the event thanks to local businesses

Amazing Jake’s donated 350 all-day admissions including buffet, unlimited attractions and $5 fun cards valued at over $8k for the day

Coverage about the upcoming event was secured in the East Valley Tribune Chair of the Mesa Prevention Alliance Robert Scantlebury

Superstition High School Art Expression Contest:

Congratulations to Carrie! The winner of an iPod Touch 4th Generation donated by the Hohokam!

Our Mission: Addressing youth substance use through education, prevention, and healthy alternatives.

Join us! The next Alliance meeting will be held on 5/22/13 Location: The Family Resource Center 817 N. Country Club, Mesa, 85201

CBI Board Report April 2013