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 Democratic Club of Quail Creek - 2017
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    January 27th @ 9:00AM DCQC & Sierra Club Border Issues Field Trip
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MONTHLY MEETINGS Our meetings are generally held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the Silver Room of the Madera Clubhouse and followed by a potluck dinner at the home of a Club Member.
DANIELA ZASA OF YOUTH ON THEIR OWN (YOTO), WILL SPEAK AT DCQC DECEMBER 16 MEETING
Daniela   Zasa,   of   YOTO,   will   speak   at   the   Democratic   Club   of   Quail   Creek meeting    on    Saturday,    December    16,    3    pm,    at    the    Kino    Conference Center, Ocotillo Rm The public is welcome to attend. Zasa   graduated   from   the   University   of   Arizona   with   a   Bachelor’s   of Science    in    Molecular    and    Cellular    Biology.    “As    a    science    teacher working   at   Title   I   schools,   “I   worked   with   youth   who   were   experiencing economic   challenges   and   unstable   home   environments.   I   saw   the   lack of   stability   and   support   impacting   my   students’   ability   to   focus   and   do well    in    school,”    she    said.    YOTO    was    there    to    support    some    of    her students   and   she   saw   firsthand   the   impact   that   the   program   can   have on the success of homeless and unaccompanied youth. This   inspired   her   to   leave   her   teaching   career   and   join   YOTO   in   2015   as a   Program   Coordinator.   She   now   is   a   Program   Manager   and   works   to ensure    programs    and    processes    are    the    best    they    can    be    for    the students    the    organization    serves    on    a    daily    basis.    She    is    currently pursuing   her   Master’s   degree   in   Nonprofit   Leadership   and   Management at   Arizona   State   University.   “From   my   teaching   career,   I   tried   to   inspire youth   to   be   excited   about   learning   and   to   understand   the   importance   of education.   I   saw   the   many   challenges   that   these   students   face   every day   and   how   this   impacted   their   success   in   completing   school,”   she said.   “We   are   hoping   to   give   each   of   our   students   one   $25   gift   card (Walmart, Fry’s or Target) and a blanket this year for Christmas.” YOTO,   founded   in   1986   Ann   Young,   is   a   dropout   prevention   program that   supports   the   high   school   graduation   and   continued   success   of homeless,   unaccompanied   youth   in   Pima   County.   Young,   a   guidance counselor   at   Amphitheater   High   School,   became   concerned   about   the increasing   number   of   homeless   students.   Her   initial   idea   was   to   buy   a home    for    a    group    of    homeless    teenage    girls.    She    presented    this proposal   to   a   group   at   St.   Andrew’s   Presbyterian   Church   dedicated   to assisting   Tucson’s   homeless   community.   Soon,   Young   had   an   army   of volunteers and raised $80,000 in a single morning. The   money   funded   a   group   residence   for   homeless   girls,   St.   Andrew’s Friendly   Environment   (SAFE)   House,   it   quickly   became   apparent   that SAFE   House   was   not   large   enough   to   accommodate   all   of   the   students who    needed    services.    An    unexpected    check    from    a    New    York    City charitable   foundation   launched   a   stipend   program   to   increase   the   aid   to homeless    teens.    The    SAFE    House,    which    closed    after    two    years, encouraged   her   to   apply   for   grants:   At   this   point,   it   was   known   as   the Pima    County    Homeless    Teen    Project    —    a    marketing    specialist    later dubbed   it   Youth   on   Their   Own   —   and   Young   then   applied   for   YOTO   to become   a   full-fledged   501(c)(3)   nonprofit   foundation.   YOTO   won   a   grant from   Angel   Charity   for   $100,000   for   the   stipend   program   in   1990.   Since then,    over    16,000    homeless    and    compromised    students    have    been empowered    to    stay    in    school    and    pursue    opportunities    for    self- sufficiency. This   year   we   are   requesting   $25   gift   cards   from   Target,   Wallmart,   or Frys   Each   student   will   get   one   for   Christmas   YOTO   is   also   doing   a blanket   campaign   again.   So   that   each   student   gets   a   blanket   for   the holidays.   If   attending   the   meeting   please   consider   bringing   a   gift   card   or a    blanket,    or    both.    Note    that    if    you    are    donating    blankets    they    are interested in 50 x70 and 50 x 70 inches.
January 20th @ 3:00PM GUEST SPEAKER Andrea Witte - Medicate for All