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The Giving Turtle Program

Dora Taddey, President

The Giving Turtle Program is a collaborative program from the Exchange Club of Santa Cruz. The program provided 619 Christmas gifts to children in need from Santa Cruz County. The participating agencies were SACASA, Su Voz Vale, Victim Services, Our House Shelter, Pinal Hispanic, AZCA, Community Health Associates, Team Anonymous, Resource Centers from Nogales, Patagonia, and Rio Rico, Coronado School ... Read More »

IME-BECAS Scholarship Program

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On Tuesday, November 29th,2016 Cochise College and the Nogales Mexican Consulate hosted the IME-BECAS Scholarship Program at 12:15 p.m. at Cochise College. The IME-BECAS scholarship program began helping out local students in Santa Cruz County since 2005. In 2011, IME-BECAS Scholarship Program partnered with Cochise College to offer scholarships to students planning on attending the college. For several years now this ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Mary Darling

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This New Year we are proud to introduce our People that “Echo” Mary Darling. She is a community leader working hard to make a difference in Santa Cruz County. Mary moved to Nogales in 1997. She has been a Santa Cruz County resident for 19 years. She is originally from Chicago. She moved from Chicago to Tucson to attend the ... Read More »

Creo Project Recognized Across Arizona

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The CREO Project is in its 3rd year of funding. It is a program funded for 4 years through the US Department of Labor. The CREO project includes the MetroMatematicass Program and Career Readiness Program. The Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office was recently awarded a Summit Award and Merit Award at the 2016 Arizona Association of Counties Conference for their ... Read More »

48th Annual Convention and Golf Tournament

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The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas hosted their 48th Annual Convention and Golf Tournament at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Arizona on November 3-5. The convention kicked off on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The morning session focused on “Food Safety.” It also included an inspirational talk from DeDe Murcer Moffett, speaker/author of the ... Read More »

AADYCT-Community Partner

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The AADYCT Youth Group was invited to participate in the Voices & Visions Across the Borderlands Festival on November 2-6, 2016 by Dr. Jana Rivers-Norton. The group was invited to paint a mural on one of the walls at Cochise College. The group was provided with all the art supplies and space needed to paint. Over the course of 3 ... Read More »

Power of One Conference

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October is always a busy month for the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office as they host a variety of events on promoting domestic violence awareness. Events included peace walks, intimate ceremonies, and social gatherings. The main goal is to help reduce the number of domestic violence cases in Santa Cruz County through prevention and education. Today, community organizations in the ... Read More »

The Elephant in the Room

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The Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office was recently invited to the state capitol to participate in the 2nd Annual Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family in Phoenix, Arizona on October 24th. The event was hosted by the governor’s office as part of their Red Ribbon Week. The theme of the event  “The Elephant in the Room” was introduced by ... Read More »

First Things First- Investing in Children and Families

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First Things First partners with families and communities through supporting parents in their role as the child’s first teachers, child care organizations, preventive and educational programs. First Things First is an organization truly dedicated to investing in children and families in Santa Cruz County. Their mission is to create family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high-quality early childhood systems that supports child’s ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Francisco Padilla

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Our pick for this month’s People that “Echo” is Francisco Padilla from First Things First. He is an individual dedicated to public service. Francisco Padilla serves as the Regional Director for the Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council. He has been working in the field of early education for 4 years. First Things First is a statewide initiative dedicated to to ... Read More »

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