AZYP – Programs to Build Healthy Youth Behaviors Expanded and Strengthened

(Tucson, AZ) Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) is integrating into its operations Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS) program offerings throughout Arizona that promote healthy teen behaviors. AZYP is a recognized leader in Arizona since 1990 for its expertise in providing prevention and community building resources to help youth grow up to be healthy, self-sufficient adults. By integrating the TOPS programs into its current operations, AZYP will offer a continuum of care for youth and families to prevent risky behavior and to add services to intervene and help youth and families out of crisis.

AZYP offers a wide range of programming to assist youth of all ages in school-based, after-school and shelter settings. AZYP also helps the communities it serves to identify and solve, key youth problems through community coalitions. Programming includes how to build healthy relationships, strengthen families and avoidsubstance abuse. The overriding goal of AZYP’s services is to help youth prevent risky behavior and grow up to be healthy, self-sufficient adults.

TOPS’ core program, Starting Out Right, has served pregnant and parenting teens helping teen moms have a healthy pregnancy and be prepared to parent their child. TOPS, with offices in Tucson, Glendale and Mesa, also provided home-visiting services to families involved in the Department of Child Safety system and education to parents of children ages 0-5 to Gila County from their office based in Globe. These programs and operations will be integrated into AZYP as of the end of the year, continuing to serve those communities.

“The integration of TOPS programs into AZYP creates a powerful new force to reach communities across the state of Arizona with life-changing programs to support youth and families,” said Lori Malangone, CEO of AZYP. “We have a proven track record of success with TOPS and with the integration and rebranding of Starting Out Right, TOPS’ core program for pregnant and parenting teens, AZYP will expand its ability to provide hope and positive change for teens and their families.”

Laura Pedersen, RN, TOPS CEO, noted, “Children of single mothers are five times more likely to be raised in poverty than those raised by two parents. This integration enables the continued work on breaking the cycle of poverty for more Arizona families by empowering single mothers to graduate from high school and better their own lives and those of their children. We couldn’t be more excited that AZYP will be utilizing these programs developed by TOPS to continue the efforts to create long-term positive impact on communities we serve.” Ms. Pedersen will now serve as Arizona Youth Partnership’s Chief Initiatives Officer focusing her time on curriculum and program development.

A formal announcement on the integration will be made at the upcoming AZYP Open House on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 4:30pm-6pm to present AZYP’s new administrative offices located at 7575 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Suite 165 Tucson, AZ 85743. To join us, please RSVP to or 520-744-9595.
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