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01Mar

Reducing the Stigma of Drug Abuse to Achieve Great Results

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Commentary by Chandler City Councilmember Terry Roe In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Nancy Reagan worked with the American people to fight drug abuse with a campaign slogan of “Just Say No.” During this time, I was busy working in law enforcement on hundreds of investigations that often had one thing in common, drug or alcohol misuse. While reviewing report after report, it also became clear that the abuse of drugs or alcohol not only impacted individuals, but it also hurt their families and the community as a whole. Fast-forward to 2017 and it is clear that the challenge of... Read More →
24Jan

Raising Resilient Kids

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ICAN works with nearly 300 youth every day who come from backgrounds of disadvantage. These kids deal with poverty, crime, family loss and so many situations that most of us will never face. We focus on helping to build their self-confidence, teach them social-emotional skills and give them the tools to build their resiliency so they can break the cycle of poverty. These “prevention” skills, as we call them, are the core program ICAN provides. It helps our youth avoid substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. But these skills are practical for all kids, regardless of their family circumstances... Read More →
18Oct

Chandler PD – Part of Our Roots

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ICAN is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Twenty-five years of serving Chandler’s most at-risk youth with programs that teach them real-life skills to set a track for their future. We have enjoyed many amazing partnerships over the course of those 25 years, but none quite as special as the one we have with the Chandler Police Department. Chandler PD was there right from the beginning. When Henry Salinas, a concerned resident, took it upon himself to start working with teens and keep them off the street, he sat down with the police chief. He not only got their blessing, he got... Read More →
14Jul

ICAN Expands Parenting Resources

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ICAN has done a phenomenal job with providing well-rounded programs to the families of our youth along with outside families throughout our community. Recently, we have decided to expand these programs by offering additional days and times for our Parenting Workshops here at ICAN in hopes more  ICAN parents becoming more involved with all ICAN has to offer. More specifically, these workshops will be geared to parents of youth attending our Junior High and High School after school programs. As teens mature, they are faced with more difficulties and stressors in life which may lead them to lash out against... Read More →
08Jun

Summer Learning Tips for Parents

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Summer is officially upon us and the biggest worry for teachers is the summer slide. A 2013 survey of 500 teachers by the National Summer Learning Association showed that nearly 66 percent reported needing TO DEVOTE 3-4 WEEKS TO REVIEWING OR RE-TEACHING THE SAME MATERIAL at the beginning of the school year that their students had learned the previous spring. Another 24 percent reported spending 5 WEEKS OR MORE backtracking before deciding it was safe to proceed to new terrain. This means that during a 40-week academic calendar, teachers have to spend more than 10 percent of it pulling their... Read More →
10May

Mental Health – Children & Teens

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This infographic is from NAMI – the National Alliance on Mental Illness, shedding light on how mental illness affects so many, even youth and teens. For more information and to learn how you can help spread the word, click here. Source: https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/Children-MH-Facts-NAMI.pdf    ... Read More →
28Mar

Talking to Your Teen about Underage Drinking

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By Halley McIntyre, Program Manager, Mothers Against Drunk Driving An ounce of preparation, as Ben Franklin so wisely noted, truly is worth a pound of cure.  This fundamental idea is never more important than when it comes to our kids.  The conversations we have with them early, and often, can have a huge impact on the decisions they make later in life, and help to shape to their entire future. One of the most important places to put this into practice is when it comes to conversations about underage drinking.  It’s vital to be able to talk with your children about... Read More →
11Feb

When Teenagers + Dating = Violence and Abuse!

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By Nicole Bruno, MSW, MPA www.eatfunlove.com February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One third of all teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Dating is an important milestone in a teenager’s life. But what happens when dating goes wrong and violence occurs in the relationship? Teen dating violence crosses all racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and socioeconomic statuses. Anyone, anywhere, can be affected. It is a social pandemic that, if not controlled and stopped, will continue to prevail and hurt all communities. More and more teenagers are entering... Read More →
04Feb

ICAN: Teaching Gratitude to Those in Need

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Our youth at ICAN face many harsh realities each day – living in poverty, surrounded by crime. It’s a tough way to grow up and we do our best to create a nurturing environment at ICAN to give youth the skills to make good choices for themselves. These kids come to ICAN for free, and each holiday season they get the chance to feel pretty special. Special because our generous community throws them holiday parties and gives them gifts. This is a wonderful thing, but our prevention specialists noticed something interesting a couple of holidays ago – a sense of... Read More →
04Jan

PayPal Chandler Hosts Holiday Party for ICAN Youth

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On Thursday, December 17th, ICAN youth enjoyed their annual Holiday Youth Party. The party was sponsored by PayPal Chandler. Youth enjoyed 5 tons of REAL SNOW – many seeing snow for the very first time. There was even a giant sledding hill! Youth also made gingerbread houses, had a marshmallow war, made ornament necklaces and of course, participated in reindeer games! PayPal Chandler underwrote the entire event, along with providing employee volunteers as well as donating more than 400 holiday toys/gifts for ICAN youth “At PayPal Chandler, we encourage our employee champions to come together to make a difference in... Read More →
30Nov

Ten Years Celebrating Thanksgiving Together

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Thanksgiving Dinner has become my favorite event over the last 7 years I have been part of ICAN.   Not only because I have learned to appreciate this tradition in my personal life, but mostly, for what it represents in our community: sense of belonging. As many of the families we get to serve every day here at ICAN, my experience celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner has been a learned tradition that has become part of our lives.   Chandler families have a mixture of several different ethnic and cultural orientations that represents its unique diversity, history and heritage.   The ICAN thanksgiving dinner provides... Read More →
06Oct

ICAN RECEIVES $30,000 GRANT FROM WALMART

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A recent grant award to ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth from Walmart will support the organization’s Healthy Lifestyles program. 89% of youth at ICAN qualify for the free and reduced lunch program at their schools. ICAN serves over 100,000 free, nutritious meals and snacks to youth each year. ICAN’s Health Lifestyles Program is designed to reduce hunger and educate youth on healthy living. Youth attending ICAN programs range from age 5 to 18. They live in low income neighborhoods and face a number of daily risk factors, including chronic poverty, hunger and food insecurity, health issues (including childhood obesity), poor... Read More →
03Sep

Chandler “Call to Action” Highlights Rx Drug Abuse

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The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), which is a program of ICAN, hosted a community “Call to Action” earlier this week regarding Prescription (Rx) Drug Abuse. I was shocked at the sobering statistics that were presented. There were 579 million class II-IV pills (painkillers) prescribed in AZ in 2014 – that’s enough to medicate every person in Arizona round-the-clock for two weeks straight. The Centers for Disease Control have classified Rx Drug Abuse as a national epidemic. So who is affected? For one, our youth – and Chandler is unfortunately higher than average. 7.6% of youth in Chandler... Read More →
12Jun

Social Host Ordinance Passes in Chandler

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Last night Chandler City Council voted unanimously to put into law the Social Host Ordinance. The ordinance was first given initial introduction on May 28 and the final vote took place last night for adoption of the law. ICAN’s Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) was the driving force behind this new law. Many partners of CCYSA including community volunteers, Chandler Police and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving were involved in getting the ordinance written and approved. The Social Host Ordinance will be one more “tool” for Chandler Police to use in their fight again underage drinking. Homeowners will be... Read More →
20May

Real Skills for Real Jobs

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Here at ICAN, we have been focusing on youth for over 25 years. We provide a safe, free place for youth to come afterschool and provide them with real life skills and decision making tools. We work passionately to ensure that they all graduate from high school. But what happens after that? Off they go into “real life” and we hope for the best. This will not be the case anymore. ICAN is entering into a partnership with the Chandler Compadres to create the “ICAN Start Working” program. Does this mean more college scholarships? Not necessarily. College is a wonderful... Read More →
15Apr

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

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As April is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the myriad of volunteers who support non-profit organizations, I am happy to have the opportunity to share some of the many ways volunteers contribute to ICAN’s success.  We truly would not have the wonderful program we do, if it weren’t for our amazing and dedicated volunteers!  ICAN volunteers bring their smiles and hearts to everything they do, from the necessary yet sometimes tedious task of scanning old files to scooping green beans on 500+ plates for Thanksgiving Dinner!   Whether our volunteers are hiding Easter Eggs or setting up the gym for a... Read More →
27Feb

Assessment Analyzes Needs of ICAN Community

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Every two years, ICAN conducts a community needs assessment to ensure that high-quality programs are offered to empower youth to be productive, self-confident and responsible members of the community. The results of this assessment identify the current conditions of the community and provide direction and focus to the planning process of all ICAN programs. ICAN continues to serve a high percentage of families living in poverty, with an annual income of less than $15,000 for a family of four. More than a third of ICAN families are self-identified as “mother only”, no husband present. The target area is identified as... Read More →
16Jan

Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Chandler

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Hopefully many people across the state heard about and/or watched “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona” on Tuesday, January 13th. The 30-minute documentary was produced by the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and aired on all local stations through a partnership with the Arizona Broadcasters Association. I watched the documentary with fellow members of our Chandler community at City Hall and was just as shocked as many in the room by what I learned. If you missed it, visit http://hookedaz.cronkitenewsonline.com/. The documentary brings to light a growing epidemic in our state which is heroin use. Law enforcement... Read More →
29Oct

ICAN Addresses Homeless Youth Education

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October 30, 2014 – Many Chandler teens are working to achieve their high school diplomas while faced with the barrier of being homeless. ICAN has been working to address this issue through new partnerships and programs. New data released last month from the National Center for Homeless Education reinforces the gravity of the situation and the importance of finding solutions. As great as this nation is we now have more homeless students living completely on their own, without parents or guardians, than ever before. It is shocking to learn that 1,285,182 students enrolled in public schools across our country were... Read More →
12Sep

Happy People Create Effective Workplaces

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Happy people create and maintain effective workplaces. It is a simple but powerful fact. In my 40-year career in the financial services industry and non-profit management, I have yet to see it fail. Beyond budgets, schedules, timelines and sales efforts, a happy and content staff can make any workplace dynamic. Success oriented workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource. Employees can make a critical difference in an organization’s ability to not only survive, but thrive. Our mission at ICAN is to empower youth to be responsible members of the community. Our focus is giving them the tools and... Read More →
20Aug

A SMILING FACE OF ENCOURAGEMENT – ICAN’s Helen Jacobs And The Power Of Positivity

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Article by Seth Conaway It’s 3:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, and volunteer Helen Jacobs is stepping onto the playground at ICAN. All around her swarms of children run about playing and laughing and soaking up the sun.  A wayward basketball sails by overhead. A girl darts through the crowd to give Jacobs a hug before disappearing once again into the sea of children. Another comes by to explain to Jacobs that she’s inventing a money sorter out of an empty tissue box. “That is so clever!” Jacobs exclaims, and the child is delighted. For many of these children, the positive... Read More →
24Jul

CHANDLER TEENS ARE GETTING HIGH THROUGH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

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Four out of ten Chandler teens that use prescription drugs to get high report they are getting them from the medicine cabinet of family and friends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically. Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens,... Read More →
20Jun

ICAN Youth Take Field Trip to DPR School of Construction

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   On June 18th, 50 kids from Chandler’s ICAN, Positive Programs for Youth along with 50 kids from Future for Kids (FFK) were treated to a field trip at DPR Construction in Phoenix. Themed “DPR School of Construction,” the kids participated in a four-hour interactive learning experience that was developed locally by DPR employee and community service leader Timothy Hyde, and executed by over 25 DPR employees who volunteered their time. DPR staff welcomed the kids and kicked off the afternoon with a brief talk from DPR Design Professional Jose Garcia.  Jose had humble beginnings and told the kids how... Read More →
12Jun

ICAN partners with Operation Back to School Chandler to make Stuff the Bus Sponsored by Fulton Homes the Best Year Yet

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ICAN is teaming up with “For our City” and “Stuff the Bus” at Chandler Fashion Center sponsored by Fulton Homes to collect back-to-school donations for disadvantaged youth. Join ICAN from June 6th through July 13th at Chandler Fashion Center to donate school supplies and basic school necessities that will go to elementary, middle school and high school-aged students in the Chandler area. This drive not only helps ensure that Chandler area students are ready to learn but that they also have the tools needed to succeed this upcoming school year. As in previous years, there is an actual full-sized school... Read More →
14May

ICAN Wellness Fair 2014: Our Youth, Our Health, Our Community

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          ICAN’s Wellness Fair was held on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 with great success.  This is the second annual fair organized at ICAN to promote health and wellness among the ICAN families and the community. Around 40 families (more than 130 people) participated in this interactive event this year.  Each family received a “Healthy Roads Map” with the instruction to visit all 12 of the organizations that provided information and resources available to Chandler families that promote healthy lives.  Families received a stamp after talking and learning from each of the vendors.  All completed maps participated in... Read More →
15Apr

ICAN and CCYSA Partner with Tempe and Mesa for Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month and ICAN is partnering with two East Valley organizations to help spread the word about alcohol and its dangers.  Alcohol use by youth is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured. ICAN founded the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) in 2006 and continues to grow this critical program.  CCYSA addresses the issue of youth alcohol abuse through programs that include peer leadership, social marketing, community... Read More →
10Mar

ICAN Chandler Named One of the Best Places to Work

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  ICAN Chandler was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Phoenix Business Journal.  ICAN ranked 25th on the list for micro companies (companies with 10-49 employees).  A total of 125 local companies were recognized.   The list was compiled through a process where the Phoenix Business Journal works with a national research firm to survey, audit and rank companies after they self-nominate.  Employees of those companies are asked to complete an online survey that measures team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation, benefits and more.  Each nominee must reach a minimum... Read More →
15Oct

Parents Beware! Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Can Set The Stage For Your Children’s Future

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Most people, let alone most parents, are unaware of the hidden epidemic affecting over two-thirds of our community.  Yes, I said two-thirds.  In Arizona the ACE Consortium, a collaboration of over 100 individuals, state, county, and private agencies, have been working together for the last ten years to get the word out.  Beware parents, not only have most of you been infected with this invisible disease; but, your children have as well. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.  The study was... Read More →
30Sep

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Bullying has become a world-wide epidemic. It seems that every day, you can find an article online related to bullying. Kids as young as 7 are taking their own lives because they feel there is no hope for the end. Just last month, a 15-year-old boy committed suicide because he was relentlessly picked on in high school. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011), about 48% of youth in 6th-12th grades experience bullying. Of those that are victims, only 36% report the bullying to an adult. So how can you identify and intervene in bullying? Know the... Read More →
19Sep

Halloween Decoration Sale Benefiting ICAN – September 28 & 29, 2013

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Chandler-based nonprofit ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth is hosting a Halloween Decoration Sale on Saturday, September 28th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, September 29th from 12pm to 4pm. The sale will be open to the public and include a large assortment of Halloween decorations in all price ranges and be held at the ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center at 650 E. Morelos Street in Chandler. To preview some of the items please visit http://bit.ly/icansale.  Credit cards will be accepted, but cash is a preferred payment method for faster checkout. “This limited sale is possible thanks to the strong support... Read More →
30Aug

ICAN’s Partners With CCYSA To Provide Community Programs

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To provide community programs, ICAN partners with the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA). CCYSA strives to prevent youth substance abuse in Chandler through a variety of evidence-based programs designed to increase knowledge of youth substance abuse, promote social responsibility, and spur community action. Serving the 85225 zip code in Chandler, CCYSA has made great strides in bringing out positive results within the community. The vision is that Chandler will be a safe and healthy, drug-free community where opportunities exist for youth to achieve their full potential. The need is great for community awareness programs like those CCYSA provides... Read More →
22Jul

ICAN Youth Programs Tackle Chandler, Arizona Gang Activity Statistics

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Carlos is a 16 year old high school student in Chandler, Arizona. His six-member family lives in a two bedroom apartment and Carlos is the only income source they have. Outside of school, Carlos has constant pressures to join local gangs. The temptation to join is high because many of his friends are involved.  Adopting this lifestyle would mean getting involved in juvenile delinquency and activities that could land Carlos in jail, eliminating his family’s only income source. This is a very real situation that youth face each day in the Chandler community. It’s not widely known that gang activity is... Read More →
07Mar

Dave Trout Charity Golf Tournament on March 23, 2013 Benefits ICAN Youth

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Tee off on Saturday, March 23 for ICAN during the 2013 Dave Trout Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Dave Trout Charities in memory of Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers founding partner Dave Trout. Held at the Arizona Biltmore Country Club, the event is a day of golf with a lunch following the tournament. There is also an opportunity to participate in a drawing for a Rolex watch. Dave Trout Charities have ties with ICAN, including their sponsorship of the Dave Trout Charities Art Room. The funds raised from the golf tournament go toward supporting youth arts programs; but the Dave Trout... Read More →
20Feb

Support ICAN for Arizona Gives Day on March 20, 2013

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March 20, 2013 has been announced as the first Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online initiative encouraging Arizonans to support the efforts of nonprofits from all over the state.  Donors select their organization of choice and where their online donation will go directly to. The day was organized by The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum. ICAN is one of the participating nonprofits and there are a few ways you can get involved! Designate ICAN as your nonprofit of choice Visit the ICAN Arizona Gives Day page and become a “fan” Share ICAN to family and friends through email,... Read More →
28Nov

Donate to ICAN Before End of Year for Tax Break Eligibility

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Your ICAN Donation Could Qualify You For a Tax Break! Donations given to Arizona nonprofits, such as ICAN, by December 31, 2012 are eligible for a tax break under the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, also known as the Working Poor Tax Credit. The tax credit reduces tax liability for couples up to $400, and individuals up to $200. The credit is only available to donations given to charitable organizations labeled as 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. East Valley nonprofit youth program, ICAN, is one of the qualifying nonprofits and greatly values the credit that brings in substantial financial support for... Read More →
10Oct

ICAN Annual Thanksgiving Dinner – November 14, 2012

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Every year ICAN and the community come together to provide one of the biggest free Thanksgiving dinners in the East Valley. This year will be no different with ICAN holding the event on November 14, 2012 from 5-7pm for the first time in our new Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center (650 E. Morelos Street in Chandler), where space has tripled from the previous facility. Last year over 400 attended and enjoyed an evening with a delicious Thanksgiving meal, family fun, and live entertainment. Now we are serving an average of 300 youth daily, which means a lot of families to... Read More →
18Sep

Teen Summit 2K12 – September 22, 2012 – The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse

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This Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) will host its first ever “Teen Summit” at ICAN! The Teen Summit is a free event open to any teens, no matter if where they live and affiliation with ICAN or CCYSA. Nationally recognized guest speaker, Calvin Terrell will address the group on the affects of substance abuse on ones self and their community beginning at 9am. Break out sessions with community leaders from Chandler Police Department and MADD will take part immediately  following the guest speaker.  Lunch will be served at 12:30 followed by a car show, info booths, prizes and... Read More →
06Sep

Vote ICAN for Chase Community Giving!

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ICAN is excited to be nominated as one of the 2012 Chase Community Giving nominees! This year we have a chance to be one of 196 charities that will receive a share in $5 million in grants. Being one of the 196 charities that win could greatly impact ICAN’s free youth, family, and community programs especially during this time of growth for our organization and the amount of youth we serve daily! The winners are selected by Facebook users and Chase online customers and the voting period begins today, September 6 and lasts through September 19. Please take a minute to vote... Read More →
22Aug

ICAN Parent Café Offers East Valley Parents to Build Stronger Family & Community Relationships

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This week we welcome back guest blogger, Alicia Perez, ICAN’s Family Programs Coordinator, regarding the upcoming ICAN Parent Café events starting next Tuesday, August 28, 2012! On August 28th ICAN will be hosting the first Parent Café from 8:30–10:30 am.  Parent Café creates a safe, comfortable place where parents can have their own conversations about the things that matter to their families, and learn about resources available in the community that can be helpful to them.  The Parent Café idea was created after several conversation with parents that participated in the Strengthening  Multi-Ethnic Families Program offered at ICAN.  They expressed the need to have support groups... Read More →
22Aug

ICAN Parent Café Offers East Valley Parents to Build Stronger Family & Community Relationships

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This week we welcome back guest blogger, Alicia Perez, ICAN’s Family Programs Coordinator, regarding the upcoming ICAN Parent Café events starting next Tuesday, August 28, 2012! On August 28th ICAN will be hosting the first Parent Café from 8:30–10:30 am.  Parent Café creates a safe, comfortable place where parents can have their own conversations about the things that matter to their families, and learn about resources available in the community that can be helpful to them.  The Parent Café idea was created after several conversation with parents that participated in the Strengthening  Multi-Ethnic Families Program offered at ICAN.  They expressed the need to have support groups... Read More →
08Aug

Busload of Back-to-School Supplies from the Fulton Homes Stuff the Bus at Chandler Fashion Center

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If you were out at Chandler Fashion Center over the past month, you might have noticed the big yellow bus inside the mall. The reason it was “parked” there was for the Fulton Homes Stuff the Bus at Chandler Fashion Center benefiting ICAN, an annual school supply drive that benefits Valley nonprofit organizations and the youth they serve. This year ICAN was excited to be announced as the beneficiary of the annual “Stuff the Bus” drive and the opportunity to provide backpacks full of school supplies to many underprivileged ICAN youth who might not have the resources necessary to get... Read More →
01Aug

Summer Ends with 250 Backpacks for ICAN Youth Thanks to Chandler Compadres & Chandler Community

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Summer has come to an end after spending our first 2 months in the brand new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center! It’s been an amazing transition from our old facility to the new, which offers three times more space. Through the summer ICAN youth numbers increased to an average of 300 a day; that’s 300 youth participating in our youth programs that build leadership and life skills and prevent youth substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquency. The end of summer was marked with our annual luau celebration on July 20, where 250 youth got to spend the day... Read More →
11Jul

Chandler, Arizona Community Issues: Gang Activity

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Youth face a lot of challenges anywhere, but ICAN was founded by Henry Salinas to specifically address issues youth encounter in the Downtown Chandler and surrounding communities. One of those issues is gang activity, which comes with pressures and influences that keep youth from reaching their full potential and following a positive path. ICAN’s youth programs are proven effective at preventing substance abuse, gang activity and other delinquency among youth through the development of life skills like “resilience.” Resilience refers to an individual’s ability to adapt to change and stressful events in a healthy and flexible way. Resiliency is critical... Read More →
03Jul

ICAN Family Programs Create Stronger Family & Home Life Bonds – Alicia Perez, Family Programs Coordinator

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This week we welcome guest blogger, Alicia Perez, who is ICAN’s Family Programs Coordinator. Alicia has been with ICAN for 3 years and currently facilitates our family programs. She shared some amazing feedback from a participant in our Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families program recently that we just knew we had to share!   This past week we celebrated a graduation of participants from ICAN’s Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families program, and at the end I received flowers as a gift from one of the participants.  I for sure love the flowers and the gratitude gesture, but what will remain longer in my heart... Read More →
20Jun

Chandler, Arizona Community Issues: Youth Substance Abuse

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Youth face a lot of challenges anywhere, but ICAN was founded by Henry Salinas to specifically address issues youth encounter in the Downtown Chandler and surrounding communities. One of those issues is substance abuse, the pressures and influences from friends, gangs, and sometimes even family. ICAN’s youth programs are proven effective at preventing substance abuse, gang activity and other delinquency in youth through the development of life skills like “decision-making.” Decision-making influences a child’s cognitive activities such as academic performance, logical and analytic thinking, problem-solving, planning, and goal-setting skills. Decision making is critical to the prevention of substance abuse because... Read More →
13Jun

ICAN’s Pack-a-Backpack Drive Gives Over 200 Youth the Tools Needed for Academic Success

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Although summer intersession just recently started at the new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, we are already planning how to send our youth back to school with the tools needed to succeed. Each year we hold our annual Pack-a-Backpack drive, engaging the community for support in providing backpacks and school supplies for underprivileged youth who might not have the resources to obtain all the necessities for academic success. This year the Chandler Compadres are returning as sponsors of the backpack drive. Last year over 200 backpacks full of supplies and shoes were distributed to ICAN youth. This year the Pack-a-Backpack drive will run July... Read More →
06Jun

ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center’s First Day

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This week was a huge milestone for ICAN as we started programs at the brand new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center! The week kicked off with a grand opening family day event that brought in 300 people to take a tour of the new facility, participate in family fun activities, and watch some live entertainment including ICAN youth dance performances. Check out a video featuring the performances of ICAN youth who practiced for months to prepare for the event: The youth have officially started programs and are taking advantage of the extra outside space while enjoying having an environment... Read More →
06Jun

ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center’s First Day

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This week was a huge milestone for ICAN as we started programs at the brand new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center! The week kicked off with a grand opening family day event that brought in 300 people to take a tour of the new facility, participate in family fun activities, and watch some live entertainment including ICAN youth dance performances. Check out a video featuring the performances of ICAN youth who practiced for months to prepare for the event: The youth have officially started programs and are taking advantage of the extra outside space while enjoying having an environment... Read More →
23May

ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center Ribbon Cutting Promises More Positive Changes for Community

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 was the official ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony bringing out over 300 community members including over 60 ICAN alumni from the past 20 years, most seeing the new facility for the first time. Speakers included ICAN’s Chairwoman for the ICAN Board of Directors, Patti Bruno, City of Chandler Mayor, Jay Tibshraeny, Big Two Toyota-Scion of Chandler Owners, Chris & Caroline Hoeye, ICAN Peer Leader, Angelique, ICAN Chief Executive Officer, Becky Jackson, and ICAN founder Henry Salinas. There was even an appearance from the Phoenix Suns Gorilla. All speakers were clear about how... Read More →
01May

UPDATE: ICAN Youth Fundraiser for New Facility Challenges Staff to “Kiss the Pig”

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At the end of March, ICAN youth began participating in a change collection fundraising competition that wrapped up yesterday and had ICAN staff “Kiss the Pig.” Each youth color group (separated by grade) chose the following staff to “Kiss the Pig” if they reached their respective $100 goals to support the construction costs of the new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center: Yellow (Grades K-1): Shelby, Director of Resource Development White (Grades 2-3): Meghann, Prevention Specialist Lead Orange (Grades 4-5): Heidi, Youth Program Manager Green/Purple (Grades 6-12): Alfredo, Prevention Specialist Overall $400+ Goal:  Becky, CEO/John, Director of Programs   Yesterday, Charlotte the potbelly pig (courtesy... Read More →
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