Sat, Dec. 07

Teen Summit set for April 17
Goal to help homeless teenagers in Verde Valley

The goal is to develop a Transitional Living Program for homeless teenagers in the Verde Valley. The method is Project Self Reliance, a non-profit founded with a focus on youth-at-risk.

The daylong Teen Summit will be held in the Old Town Center for the Arts at the corner of Main and 5th streets in Cottonwood. Teen Summit will bring together a group of stakeholders in the child welfare system, such as Catholic Charities, Child Protective Services and the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic.

Developing a program of continuous care and providing a safety net for youth ages 16 to 21 - those at-risk young people who are aging out of other programs such as foster care - is the mission of Project Self Reliance. It will be the focus of Teen Summit.

Guest speaker at the workshop will be Mark Kroner, former director of Independent Living Services for Lighthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kroner is currently director of that organization's training institute.

Teen Summit will be the first organized effort to bring together individuals and organizations to brainstorm and trouble shoot what it will take to develop such a program in the Verde Valley.

The summit will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Walk-in attendees are welcome, but reservations are encouraged to help with planning for lunch.

Please RSVP to Belle Starr at (928) 649-8180 or Leave name, affiliation, title, address, phone number and email address.

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