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Tumbleweed Youth Center Provides Support and Programs for Runaway, Homeless and At-Risk Youth in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development for more than four decades has been Maricopa County’s leader, resource, and champion working to alleviate, and ultimately end, youth homelessness in the Valley of the Sun. The Tumbleweed Youth Center is a critical service for youth in the Phoenix area.
Founded in 1972 by the Soroptomist International of Phoenix, to provide community-based shelter for teenage runaways, Tumbleweed remains deeply committed to our founders’ vision to inspire action, create opportunities, and transform lives, in pursuit of its mission, to support homeless and forgotten youth to grow and thrive.
The center at Tumbleweed offers programs for youth 12 -25, which includes Maricopa County’s first homeless shelter for 18 – 25 year olds.
Striving to connect youth with resources, Tumbleweed became the lead local agency for the National Safe Place program in Maricopa County; partnering with local business in the Valley, such as QuikTrip, Valley Metro Light Rail Station, Phoenix Public Libraries and Maricopa Community College District.
The Safe Place program offers a network of resources for youth 12 -17, in any unsafe situation, to access immediate help through local businesses, where trained staff contact Tumbleweed for onsite intervention and transportation to Open Hands, our youth crisis shelter. The primary aim of Open Hands is to provide a safe and engaging environment for children with case plan goals of reunifying, restoring and building healthier family/social relationships.
The Safe Place Coordinator facilitates weekly groups for the youth at Open Hands, utilizing our Runaway Prevention curriculum, Let’s Talk.
The curriculum provides a solid foundation of 14 modules focusing on prevention and covers topics such as communication, self-esteem, self-awareness, responsibility, peers, family roles, and runaway reality. Lessons can be adapted to address specific needs of the youth in care and allow for creativity with activities that reinforce the lesson concepts.
The Let’s Talk curriculum actively seeks to involve youth in the lessons through thoughtful reflection, active listening, and participation.
“I liked the lessons on the drugs, because I got to talk about it. It made me think about it again. It opened different perspectives that I hadn’t thought about. I got to share my experience with others and it was easy to relate to.” Male, age 17
“What I like most about utilizing the curriculum, is that you don’t have to follow any specific order. You know going in, that the topics are relateable and you can incorporate humor in all of the lessons. The youth like to share their experiences if we just give them opportunities, which this curriculum allows for.” Colton Washburn Safe Place Coordinator
The Let’s Talk curriculum provides youth with tools to positively deal with anger and stress as well as recognize and build support systems, plan and set goals and encourages informed decisions, through education. This would be an excellent curriculum to implement in group homes and shelters as well as schools.
Tumbleweed of Phoenix has been recognized nationally as a leader of Safe Place operations and implementation.
To learn more about Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, the Safe Place program, or to make a donation, please visit our web site at www.tumbleweed.org