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Monday, December 5, 2022


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Watch recorded webinars online

Looking for a webinar that you might have missed seeing live? Find all of our recorded webinars here.


Please note: Registration is required to view any recorded webinar.

 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

DECEMBER 6, 2022 9:30-11:30AM




Discover resources that can make raising grandkids easier.

Learn from others.
Share your experience.
Find support.
Meet friends.
Ask questions.

Join us for coffee and conversation. Childcare is provided.


 The Dangers of Technology and Social Media

Saturday, December 10, 2022, | 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Mingus Union High School, Library, 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood

Facilitated by: Brandon Bonney

Social media is the currency of our children’s culture. Often times they carry the connection to social
media around in their pocket.

According to the latest research, 54% of teens say it would be hard to give up social media. Almost
half of teens also are online almost constantly because the majority of teens have access to
smartphones, computers, and gaming consoles.
What does this mean for our youth? What can parents and caregivers do to help keep children safe in
this digital world?

Discover more about this important topic and what is going on in our community. Learn tips and
talking points on how to communicate with youth in your influence.

No registration required for this free, community event.
For more information contact or (928) 708-0100.


 safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

Register today to learn four basic steps to create a life-saving connection using suicide alertness skills.

safeTALK Works | Studies show that participants gain confidence:

  • Asking people about suicide directly

  • Connecting them to life-saving resources

  • Keeping them safe until those resources take over


Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
RSVP: email or call (928) 708-0100

Cost: free, includes a safeTALK Participant Resource Kit

Location: Yavapai College - PV Campus
Room 106 - 3800 N. Glassford Hill Rd.
Prescott Valley

 Communication: Why Won't You Listen to Me?

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 10:00 am

Communication skills are vital to our ability to connect with others. Often, children with developmental trauma have an inability to appropriately communicate their needs. This leads to challenging behaviors and broken relationships. Gain insight into how humans communicate, and through basic understanding, how we can learn to have more positive interactions with others.

Register here.


 Vaping - Going Beyond the Cloud of Misinformation

Saturday, January 14, 2023
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Mingus Union High School
Library | 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood

Even in today’s regulated market, there continues to be a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping. Join us for a brief presentation that will help clarify this trend attracting our youth.
• Review a brief history of the e-cigarette market, highlighting surprising gaps in regulation
• Hear about the health concerns for both nicotine and marijuana vaping
• Learn about what youth are being exposed to through vape culture and youth use trends
• Discover simple ways to talk to youth about the harms of vaping and resources to help them quit

Presenter Ivy Chamberlin has spent multiple years teaching thousands of students, in public schools throughout Yavapai County, about the harms of nicotine and marijuana vaping. In her most current position at MATFORCE she has helped create and present both youth and adult vaping curricula. She also helps train a team of health educators and volunteer student peer teachers on the most current vaping issues.

No registration is required for this free event.


 Youth Drug Trends in Yavapai County

Thursday, January 19, 2023
11:00 am to 12:00 pm [virtual]

The latest Arizona Youth Survey for Yavapai County has been released. Take a deep dive into the data with
MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler.
• Discover what’s the most popular drug with youth in our schools
• Hear about drug use trends according to the most recent Arizona Youth Survey
• Learn what we should be cautiously watching for in the future
• Receive tips on how to talk to children about the harms of drug use


This is a virtual presentation. Register for free today.


 Parenting Teens in the Digital World

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 10:00 am

Join Darren and Stacey as they discuss navigating a digital world that is pursuing our children. Technology can be good, but it can also cause harm. As more and more children are given access to smartphones, we are seeing an increase in mental health issues, sleep problems, and learning delays. Now add in the dynamic of a brain that has been affected by early adversity, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Register here.


 From Inmate to Citizen

Understanding the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community

Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated? Incarceration affects the incarcerated individual and their loved ones after release.

Learn about:

  • Difficulties people experience transitioning from prison into the community
  • The different thinking and processing skills between someone who is incarcerated and someone who is not
  • Identify differences in prison culture and daily life
  • Increase awareness about generational trauma
  • Keys to successful reintegration
  • How to communicate with returning individuals
  • How we, as a community, can help individuals return home successfully

Offering both in-person and virtual options!
Wednesday, February 22, 2023  |  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm  | In-Person: Yavapai College – Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Bldg. 19, Rm 147 |  Virtual (Zoom): Register Here

Questions? Contact or (928) 708-0100


 Parenting Education Classes

MATFORCE partners with multiple organizations to offer FREE parenting education classes across the county.

Common Sense Parenting

In this 6-weeks parenting education course learn:

•    Discipline through positive teaching
•    Encouraging good behavior and preventing problems
•    Correcting problem behaviors
•    Creating family routines and traditions
•    How to talk to your kids about drugs
•    ...and more!

Click here to view a calendar of FREE parenting classes and workshops.


 Monthly Youth Drug and Alcohol Impact Panel



View more information and the current schedule of classes click here.


 Are you caring for a child in your home?

Check out these free kinship support groups

Kinship families are relationships between individuals who are thought of as having family ties. Examples include grandparents raising grandchildren, aunts and uncles caring for nieces or nephews, or foster families.

This support group is hosted virtually by Jennifer Pratt, a grandmother raising her grandchild. Please join us for discussions that help us to take care of ourselves while caring for others. Meetings will include a check-in, discussion topics, resources, and addressing current barriers.

When: Monthly group meeting times will be determined by YOU. Please share your availability by calling or texting Jennifer at (928) 273-3388 or email her at aliveinnature@

July | Self Care

These sessions will include introductions to tools for self-care, meditation, healthy eating, tapping, and self-forgiveness. Taking care of yourself helps you support the people you love.


August | Meeting Your Child Where They Are

A nine-year-old from hard places may not be developmentally where a typical child is at. This month will center on useful tools to use at home. Discussions will incorporate the life book, begin understanding their behavior, and getting to know your child.

September | Setting Limits and Boundaries

Children feel safer with boundaries. Learn how to design limits for a peaceful household as well as guardianship boundaries that will support the new family structure.


October | Resources for Life Management

How to manage time for yourself. A review of
what’s working and where to find more tips, techniques, and summer fun ideas.




Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office - Gurley Street Station and Williamson Valley Substation
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Prescott Campus
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • NAH-Camp Verde Primary Care
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Clarkdale Campus
Flyer with address and phone info

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