The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) is a group of local agencies that has been working to promote and improve adolescent wellness services through collaboration, education, and advocacy since 2007. The current partner organizations are Mariposa Community Health Center, the lead and fiscal agent, along with Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, Community Intervention Associates, Pinal Hispanic Council, Circles of Peace, and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County. The Arizona State Office of Rural Health provides Technical Assistance.
See our Members and Funders pages for more information. The SCCAWN is a place for partners to collaborate and share resources to identify and respond to adolescent wellness needs. See Success Stories and our blog for examples of our latest work. Our goals include supporting school and community organizations through trainings and connections to resources, serving as an information clearinghouse for adolescent wellness topics, integrating health and wellness services for adolescents, promoting healthy environments for adolescent development, and supporting youth leadership opportunities.
To promote adolescent wellness through advocacy, education and collaboration with youth,
schools, and community organizations serving youth, ages 12-25.
To be the collaborative voice and catalyst for adolescent wellness in Santa Cruz County.
The dandelion communicates growth, community, and sharing knowledge. From a single flower grows individual seeds that carry the same message as the original source. The dandelion replicates itself and is carried by the wind to spread to new ground. It is adaptable, robust, and reminiscent of youth. The dandelion sends down a deep taproot, bringing nutrients to the surface that other plants cannot access. The network chose this logo to represent our values of sharing knowledge and resources and to remind us of the joys and opportunities for growth in youth.