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Nonprofit Corner: Mabery named YBBBS executive director

Erin Mabery

Erin Mabery

Mabery named YBBBS executive director

The board of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters unanimously appointed Erin Mabery as executive director of the agency during its April 16 meeting.

Mabery has been leading in the agency since October 2018 in an interim position and previously served as the agency’s operations director.

She is a native of Cottonwood. Although raised in the Phoenix area, she spent summers and weekends on the banks of the Verde at the family ranch (now the Blazin’ M Ranch Chuckwagon Suppers). Mabery served as the executive director of Buena Vista Children’s Services in the Verde Valley for 15 years. She is currently the chairperson of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

With offices in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters defends the potential in local children by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. The agency has served more than 11,000 children since its creation 48 years ago.

Yavapai College Foundation establishes endowment scholarship

Former president of the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, Ernie Jones Sr., passed away in September. But a new scholarship, established in his name, will continue his advocacy for education in the community.

As an alumnus of Yavapai College and a long-standing member of the Yavapai College Foundation Board of Directors, Jones’ commitment to education spanned decades. To honor his legacy, the Yavapai College Foundation Board of Directors has contributed $25,000 to establish the Ernie Jones Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Yavapai College.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention month

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona encourages people across the state to participate in this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month by sharing their talents and time to help create better, brighter futures for children and families. Even the smallest steps can make a big difference in a child’s life–and a parent’s as well.

In a national survey, 94% of parents said they needed help of some kind; 86% said they would be grateful for services, childcare or other support. However, in a separate study, fewer than 20% of parents said they would actually seek help.

Suggestions from Prevent Child Abuse America to make a difference in a child’s life and help support parents while doing what you love include:

• Volunteer for an after-school reading program or book club—you’ll help kids meet new friends and spark their imaginations, too.

• Give a new mom a break by bringing over dinner, offering to run an errand, or babysitting.

• Coach a youth sports team to teach kids the value of teamwork—they’ll learn how to trust teammates and themselves.

• Host a kid-friendly BBQ or organize a block party so parents can socialize without the stress of finding a sitter—social connections with other parents help to establish a strong support network.

• Contact your elected officials and urge them to support policies and programs that promote safe healthy childhoods.

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Student pizza box design contest will help local schools

Rosa’s Pizzeria, Prescott Unified School District, and PUSD Education Foundation have partnered to raise money for local schools.

The pizzeria is holding a contest for all students of the PUSD school system to design a pizza box. Each school will choose a winning design and that design will be submitted to Rosa’s by April 24. The winning design from each school will be displayed at the pizzeria for about a month. Guests will be able to vote for the overall winning box design by casting a ballot for their favorite.

The name of the student and their school will be on the box for approximately a year. The grand prize, valued at $6,000, goes to the school of the winning student.

All students that are participating will also receive a free 10-inch pepperoni pizza, and each school’s staff will receive a catered lunch by Rosa’s.

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