International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)

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Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF)

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Western Pima County Community Council (WPCCC)

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Service Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

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We do not currently have any partners representing this community sector in the Ajo Coalition. 

We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Parent Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Social Services that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

Ajo Justice Court

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Pima County Attorney’s Office

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Pima County Sheriff’s Department

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Law Enforcement Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

Salazar Ajo Public Library

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Ajo District Chamber of Commerce

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We do not currently have any partners representing this community sector in the Ajo Coalition. 

We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Religious Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

Ajo Ambulance, Inc.

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Desert Senita Community Health Center

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Medical Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

SAPE Youth Council

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Student Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

Ajo Copper News

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Media Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

Ajo Unified School District

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We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Schools that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

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We do not currently have any partners representing this community sector in the Ajo Coalition. 

We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any Senior Citizen Organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

We are stronger through collaboration, cooperation and community, if you know any organizations that might want to be part of the Ajo Coalition

The Coalition

Our History

The Ajo SAPE (Substance Abuse Prevention & Education) Coalition) was established in 2015 after funding for coalition work in Ajo was restored. Facilitated by Arizona Youth Partnership, community-based substance abuse prevention work has occurred in Ajo for over twenty years. And this is the second coalition formed to address substance abuse issues. The Ajo HOPE (Having Opportunities for Positive Experiences) Coalition was established in 1997 and continued to work in the community when outside funding lapsed. Activities included Burgers and Books and the Annual Ajo High School Graduation Night Lock-In event.

Why community coalitions?

Throughout the United States, community coalitions make a significant difference. Local coalitions continue to change the way communities respond to the threats of illegal drugs, over-the-counter and prescription drug misuse, and alcohol abuse. By mobilizing the entire community—parents, teachers, youth, police, health care providers, faith communities, business, and civic leaders, and others—communities can address local issues using local resources and local solutions and taking into consideration local culture.

The Ajo SAPE Coalition work is currently grant-funded by Arizona Complete Health, a Regional Behavioral Health Authority, and the Governor’s Office of Youth Faith and Families (GOYFF)

Staff

Adriana Martinez, AZYP Community Development Coordinator, facilitates the newest coalition and has been working for the past year to recruit community members and organizations willing to commit to the cause. The work is grant-funded via Arizona Complete Health, a Regional Behavioral Health Authority, and the Governor’s Office of Youth Faith and Families (GOYFF). Ajo SAPE Coalition (through AzYP) is a member of a Nationally- recognized group known as CADCA. (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) CADCA defines coalitions as a formal arrangement for collaboration among groups or sectors of a community. Each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward the common goal of a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Coalitions should have deep connections to the local community and serve as catalysts for reducing local substance abuse rates. As such, community coalitions are not prevention programs or traditional human service organizations that provide direct services. Rather they are directed by residents and sector representatives who have a genuine voice in determining the best strategies to address Ajo’s unique problems.