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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For more information contact:

Adriana Martinez adriana@azyp.org


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Real Stories

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

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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