Paradise Valley gym programs match federal guidelines for active children

Professionals at a Paradise Valley gym encourage parents of young children to heed the advice of guidelines recently issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “For parents of preschoolers and young children, the new guidelines may appear to be re-stating the obvious: Young children need to be active,” Gwendolyn Whitfill of The […]

Advocating for Arizona’s children in foster care: Becoming a voice for voiceless children

Summer has come to an end, and children are going back to school. It’s a time of excitement and uncertainty for kids of all ages, but for children in foster care it can be frightening and disorienting. In most cases, foster children have been abused or neglected by their parents or guardians. Whatever the circumstances, […]

Ballet Arizona auditions youth dancers for ‘The Nutcracker’

Ballet Arizona will select 150 children and teens in September who will perform in its holiday production of “The Nutcracker.” Auditions take place 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 9, at Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, and are broken down by age and gender. Children must be between the ages of 9-18 or be in […]

10th annual Ryan House Community Breakfast event raises $275,000

Nearly 1,000 guests attended Ryan House’s 10th Annual Community Breakfast on Thursday, March 8 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, which featured event Honorary Chair and Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Drew Stanton. The event raised $275,000 that will directly support the nonprofit organization which relies 100 percent on community donations and cares for Arizona’s most medically fragile […]

Arizona Helping Hands provides beds, cribs to children in need

For the fifth consecutive year, local charity Arizona Helping Hands has set a new annual record for their service to Arizona’s children in foster care. As of Sept. 30, AHH has provided beds or cribs to 2,204 children, exceeding the 2016 total of 2,003 — with three months left in the year. In 2013, learning […]

Gabriel’s Angels installs dogs in Arizona classrooms strengthening young readers

Gabriel’s Angels, an Arizona nonprofit organization delivering healing pet therapy to at-risk children, has announced an innovative program expansion titled Animals, Books and Children — or ABC. ABC utilizes animal-assisted reading activities to both increase literacy competencies, and work to improve the core behaviors of attachment, affiliation, confidence, empathy, respect, self-regulation and tolerance that Gabriel’s […]

Mother’s Grace holds 8th annual fundraising event

Mother’s Grace, a 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to supporting mothers and children, is hosting its annual champagne brunch in Paradise Valley on May 4. Supporting people who have endured overwhelming life tragedies, Mother’s Grace has helped thousands of women and children get back on their feet, established nearly a dozen nonprofits out of tragedy, and supported numerous community organizations through grants, according to a press release.