Ajo Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coalition (SAPE)

Funded by Arizona Complete Health, Ajo Substance abuse Prevention and Education coalition seeks to educate, empower and ensure that all youth and their families are provided the tools and resources needed to help them lead safe, productive and addiction free lives. The coalition works to identify existing programs in Ajo to address youth and family issues and to provide the community with tools to protect against risky and unhealthy behaviors such as underage drinking, youth use of marijuana and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications.  

With many partners including the Pima County Sherriff’s department, Ajo Unified School District, and several others, SAPE is able to reach a broad scope of youth in Ajo, Arizona. 

Our Mission: To educate, Empower, and Ensure that all youth and their families are provided the tools and resources needed to help them lead Safe, Productive, and Addiction-free lives.

Our Vision: To Foster a Trauma-informed community by showing respect for all, no matter what their social, emotional, physical or legal status- in order to both address and prevent substance use disorders.

Ajo Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coalition (SAPE)

Community members making a difference in Ajo
  • Community members report seeing an increase of messaging around substance abuse in the community
  • Coalition members report that they feel more impactful as part of a coalition than they would alone


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National Prevention Week May 9-15, 2021

09 May

Happy National Prevention Week and thank you for participating in our virtual walk! We are walking away from substances and encourage you to do the same. This walk can be…

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12 May

Trauma Informed Care Training- Ajo

3:00pm Virtual meeting

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21 Apr

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

5:00pm Virtual meeting

FREE Online Suicide Prevention Training Q.P.R. stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people…

Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

Illicit Fentanyl (non-prescription NOT manufactured in a legal pharmaceutical facility) abuse is on the rise on Arizona, in epidemic proportions.  It is extremely dangerous and much more powerful than other drugs.  Pills are being found in our communities across Arizona and there is no way to tell by looking at them what they contain.  Fentanyl is being added to other street drugs to increase their potency and drive addiction.  Agencies…

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- Illicit Fentanyl Pills Circulating in Arizona

IMPACT MOHAVE COUNTY Description: IMPACT (In Mohave Prevention Action Collaboration Team) is using a county-wide approach to increase access to effective, evidence-based substance use prevention services across the critically high-need, rural tri-city area of Mohave County, Arizona.  It is working with current community substance abuse coalitions: in Lake Havasu City YADAH (Young Adult Development Association of Havasu), in Kingman the Meth Coalition and MSTEPP (Mohave Substance Abuse Treatment and Education Prevention Partnership),…

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- Community Coalitions

As part of Prevention Week (May 15-20,2020)  several of our Coalition staff are interviewing people in the community regarding youth substance abuse.    Today, Leo Ventresca,  Prevention Coordinator in Bullhead City, AZ speaks with Ronny Jones, a Peer Support Specialist.  Ronny shared with Leo his story of drug abuse at a young age, and the things he feels may help youth stay away from substance abuse in the future.   For…

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- Prevention Week Story #2

As part of Prevention Week, the communities team has been interviewing members of the community to hear how substance abuse has affected them. Here is one families story. https://youtu.be/dvHUW1w4NQQ

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- Prevention Week Stories

Community Support for Response to Opioid Misuse Arizona Youth Partnership’s (AZYP) is pleased to announce new funding for a local program in Ajo, AZ called Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. This program, funded by the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Familieswill target adults who are parents/caregivers of youth in this rural community. The goal of Stronger Families, Stronger Communities is to address opioid use, overdose risk and prevention of opioid…

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- Arizona Youth Partnership responds to Opioid crisis in Western Pima County/Ajo area Julie Glass

The Ajo SAPE (Substance Abuse Prevention & Education) is hosting the Ajo Copper Boxing Club. This FREE program takes place every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5-6 pm at the Arizona Youth Partnerhip, SAPE office at 400 Vanada Ave in Ajo. Ajo teens participate in Ajo Copper Boxing Club The SAPE Coalition is made up of members who represent a wide range of community sectors including: business, media, law enforcement,…

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- SAPE Coalition partners with Sheriff’s Department volunteers for Boxing Club
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