Verde Valley Forum Focuses on Post-Secondary Education

Posted on November 30, 2016 • Category: College Going

By Mindy Riesenberg

The nation’s economy demands that workers possess increasing levels of knowledge, skills and abilities that are best acquired through post-secondary education. To begin addressing post-secondary education issues and needs in the Verde Valley, the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs (VVFPA), in partnership with Arizona Town Hall, hosted nearly 100 regional stakeholders at a discussion this past September.

By 2020, 65 percent of all the jobs in the United States are projected to…

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Native Health: Helping the Underserved

Posted on November 24, 2016 • Category: Healthcare

By Andrea Jaramillo

What began as a small health center for urban Native Americans in 1978 has now grown into a Federally Qualified Health Center that offers holistic services for underserved communities from many different ethnic backgrounds.

Native Health focuses on almost every aspect that is related to a person’s wellbeing, with over 30 programs ranging from healthcare to cooking classes, from legal services to HIV and pregnancy testing.

But one of their most recent and successful…

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Support My Club

Posted on November 7, 2016 • Category: Citizen Engagement

By Mindy Riesenberg

With education funding at a low, many extracurricular activities and clubs have been cut at Arizona schools. But a Phoenix nonprofit is hoping to change that.

Support My Club is the brainchild of Amy Armstrong, who recognized a need for out-of-classroom support five years ago, when she noticed the high dropout rates at Arizona schools. She chalked up some of those numbers to the lack of extracurricular activities available for students. But funding…

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