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Building Bridges to High School

May 8, 2018 Shelby Pedersen, CEO, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth Many parents know that middle school can be a nerve-wracking few years. So much growth and change occur with …

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The Whole Brain Child

February 22, 2018 Shelby Pedersen CEO, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth Ever wonder why a toddler throwing a temper-tantrum simply cannot snap out of it? It’s called an amygdala highjack …

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October is National Substance Abuse Awareness Month

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a great opportunity to focus on equipping our youth and empowering them to navigate one of the greatest …

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The Power of Positivity

September 1, 2017 Shelby Pedersen CEO, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth Positivity can be a very powerful tool with youth. Positive reinforcements are a great way to instill encouraging, optimistic …

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Summer Fun for ICAN Youth

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth wrapped up a summer of fun activities with the close of the summer session on July 21st. ICAN’s summer programming is supported by the Arizona …

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STEM Camp Inspires ICAN Girls

STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and has been a hot topic in education for some time. There is a critical shortage of students entering technical fields nationally, and …

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Arizona Ranks 46th for Kids’ Well-Being, with a Cloudy Future

By Joe Garcia Communication Director ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy June 21, 2017 It’s tough being a kid. For a variety of reasons, that’s especially true in Arizona. Arizona …

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Culture of Volunteerism

by Shelby Pedersen CEO – ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth ICAN wrapped up our Volunteer Appreciation Week a few weeks ago and I was again reminded of how volunteers truly …

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How to Talk to Your Teens about Alcohol

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we are sharing some important information about teens and alcohol, courtesy of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family HOW TO START THE …

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Reducing the Stigma of Drug Abuse to Achieve Great Results

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 …

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