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First Things First Seeks Volunteers for Yavapai Regional Council

03 June 2011   Claire Louge

Yavapai Community members are encouraged to apply for the regional council vacancies.

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Arizona (June 2, 2011) – If you are a Yavapai County community member interested in helping our youngest children arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed, the First Things First Yavapai Regional Partnership Council needs you!

Approved by Arizona voters, First Things First works to expand and enhance early childhood development and health services for children from birth through age 5.

“This is a way to do real work to help families with young children,” said Anne Babinsky Rawlings, Chair of the Yavapai Regional Partnership Council. Prior to her work on the council, Rawlings was the founder of both the Early Childhood Education Department and the Del E Webb Family Enrichment Center at Yavapai College.

The Yavapai regional council has direct responsibility to: collect information on the strengths and needs of the Yavapai community; prioritize the specific needs of children from birth through age 5; plan how to address those needs; choose who to partner and collaborate with to ensure success for the children in their area; and, make funding decisions necessary to carry out their plan.

Regional Council members also participate in community outreach to educate community leaders, public policymakers and the general public about FTF and the importance of investing in early childhood.

Two positions are currently vacant on the regional council: one must be filled by a school administrator and the other seat by a community member. Individuals wishing to serve on the regional council should possess a passion for ensuring every child has every opportunity possible to succeed; the commitment to excellence in creating healthy, safe and developmentally appropriate environments for young children; a belief in the strength of parents; and a belief in the value of community collaboration.

Applicants are required to live or work in Yavapai County or Sedona and must be willing to serve a four year term on the regional council. The position will require a commitment of at least ten hours per month. Previous experience on local decision-making boards is a plus.

Individuals interested in applying should visit www.azftf.gov/yavapai to review the position description and obtain the online application.

Claire Louge
Community Outreach Coordinator
Yavapai Regional Partnership Council