Every 3 months we need to see how our community views the challenges we are facing. We ask the same questions every 90 days, to see if we are making a difference and if opinions are changes. Your thoughts and consistent feedback matter.
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The Ajo Coalition is a formal arrangement for collaboration among groups or sectors of our community. Each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward the common goal of a safe, healthy and drug-free community.
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AJO: A COMMUNITY UNITED
To Educate, Empower and Ensure that all youth and their families are provided the tools and resources needed to help them lead Safe, Productive and Addiction-free lives.
What is the Coalition?
SAPE is comprised of a diverse group of Ajo leaders working toward the common goal of a safe, healthy and drug-free community.
This is a unique and beautiful “Colonia” – an oasis rich in copper mining history, nestled among the far-western mountains of the Sonoran Desert. For over a century, our citizens have developed strength, resilience and self-sufficiency with an amazing ability to unite and take care of ourselves. Although we enjoy the simpler things in life, we are also proud to have earned the reputation as a leading-edge community politically, socially and culturally. From Tri-National and cultural re-economic development programs and a burgeoning art scene to nation-wide recognition for our Sustainable Agriculture programs and Authentically Ajo Farmer’s Market, Ajo continues to thrive and evolve.
7 Strategies to Affect Community Change in Ajo
Ensure that the community of Ajo understands the gravity of substance abuse through online media, presentations, public service announcements (PSAs), brochures, billboards, town halls, and other communication.
Help train the community through workshops, seminars or activities, training, parenting classes and school programs to be better equipped to address the issue with positive and effective strategies.
Supporting strategies are designed to stop substance abuse before it starts, as well as help those in recovery. Such as: the creation of alternative activities, referrals to services, support groups, youth & parenting groups.
Improve systems and processes to increase access to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services. Also find strategies to discourage individuals from engaging in illegal/harmful behaviors.
Creating incentives for those engaging in positive behaviors and strategies, and determing effecitve consequences to decrease the probability and occurance of illegal/harmful behaviors.
Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, billboards, public service announcments, lighting, outlet density).
Supporting formal changes in policies, laws and procedures aimed at preventing current & future substance abuse. This might include workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, and public policy.
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Funding for Ajo Coalition is made possible by the Partnership for Success Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the State of Arizona and Cenpatico Integrated Care.