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The 5C’s of Positive Youth Development

August 29, 2018 Over the summer at ICAN, we spent a lot of time analyzing the program curriculum we are offering our youth members. We have to keep a careful …

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Dad’s tragic loss inspired Chandler opioid help

From San Tan Sun News June 16, 2018 By Wayne Schutsky Opiate Addiction Opiate addiction is a nationwide epidemic that claimed over 40,000 lives in 2016, and Gilbert father Randy …

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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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