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Phoenix Public Library is changing family behavior around reading by challenging children (12 and under) and their caregivers to take the We Read 30-day Challenge February 1 – March 31, 2014. Kids who read for 30 days will earn a free We Read t-shirt and caregivers who read TO children for 30 days will earn a free reusable cotton tote bag. Challenge logs are available at libraries or on the library website.

Barbara Park Memorial Literacy Grant
Gardner's Book Service is offering grants to Arizona K-8 schools to support and promote literacy and joy of reading. Schools must have a functioning library, exceed 50% eligible free or reduced lunch, and have enrollment higher than 300. Grant applications are due March 31, 2014 and can be downloaded at

2014 Career Development Conference
On April 22, 2014, more than 500 people will participate in the Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates 2014 Career Development Conference. JAG’s Mission is to help young people to stay in school and to acquire the academic, personal, leadership and vocational skill they will need to be successful upon graduation.
The Career Development Conference provides JAG with a unique opportunity to recognize student leadership and achievements and to provide students a showcase to demonstrate their skills to potential employers. The day’s activities will include

  • Competitive events demonstrating competencies mastered in JAG, such as leadership, interviewing, public speaking and decision-making skills

  • Team-building, Career Awareness, and Life Readiness Workshops

  • Everest College Phoenix College and Career Expo

  • Motivational Speakers

  • Scholarship and Awards Luncheon

  • Presentation of the 2014 Legacy Award recognizing the Program of the Year

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Contact Christina Avila at 602-216-9505 or for more information.

Anytown Leadership Camp is now accepting applications or their June 8 - 14 retreat for students aged 16-19. As a leading catalyst and facilitator of community change, Anytown provides youth leadership development while embracing and celebrating a diverse society.
The 2014 Anytown Leadership Camp is designed to:

  •  Instill leadership skills

  • Develop an understanding of all people

  • Provide teens with the tools and motivation to promote these ideals

For more information, visit, call 602-888-3271, or email

Youth Career Fair
Valley of the Sun United Way, City of Phoenix, SRP, Friendly House, and Degree Phoenix will be holding a Youth Career Fair on Saturday, April 26 at Phoenix College 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ. 500 youth ages 14-21 are expected to attend morning workshops on resumes, interviewing, and how to talk to employers.  The career/resource fair will be held in the afternoon from 1:00pm - 3:00pm with lunch served at 12:00pm. For more information, contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 602-416-7205.

DISCOVER Summer 2014 at Gateway Community College
A variety of summer experiences are being offered for K-12 students who are in the age range of 13-18 years old. Students can explore careers and in some cases even earn college credit! New activities begin each week in June 2014 featuring educational activities, arts and crafts, science experiments, and field trips. Visit or call 602-286-8130 for more information.


Free Prescription Discount Card
The free Phoenix Coast2CoastRx prescription drug discount card has saved Valley residents more than $10 million in less than three years.  Anyone can use this free card at almost any pharmacy as many times as needed. It gives customers an average discount of 65 percent off the retail price.  No application or personal information is required to get a prescription drug discount card. Also it can help people with dental, visual, hearing, and pet prescriptions, and more. The city of Phoenix is not spending any money on the program - it actually generates revenue for city programs and services.  
“Our students and families are very appreciative of this resource and several of them have returned to obtain additional cards for other family members or to seek assistance in finding additional discounted services,” said Cyndi Tercero, dropout programs developer, Phoenix Union High School District, where prescription discount cards have already been distributed.  “The discounts in dental care also are a blessing in helping families find discounted services with a trusted dentist.” Several local school districts are distributing cards through school offices, nurses and social workers.
Additional information can be found at and free cards can be printed at If you are interested in receiving and distributing prescription drug discount cards, contact Natalia Cuneo at 602-534-0115 or email with the following information: Contact name, name of the school, mailing address (no PO Boxes), and phone number.

Phoenix Public Library in introducing a new STEM-based story time for preschoolers!  DiscoveryTime is an early literacy program that includes informational text as well as math and science concepts designed for 3-5 year olds accompanied by a caregiver. Curriculum is aligned to Arizona Common Core standards for Kindergarten.

Phoenix Public Library offers a reading screening the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. The 30-minute screening for K-3rd graders is provided free of charge by specially-trained staff who will determine the child's reading level. If a child is not reading on grade level, staff will offer suggestions, activities, and materials for caregivers to use with the child. Referral information will be made available to those families whose child may need professional assistance. The last appointment starts at 1:00 p.m. In addition, each library has books organized by beginning reading level and handouts available full of tips for parents to help children become better readers. For more information call (602) 262-4636. This free screening is provided by the Arizona Literacy & Learning Center.