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February 2011
Volume 5 Issue 2

Kaity’s Way Board


Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA, P.E.A.C.E

Susan is a native of Ajo, AZ Teen Dating Violence Awareness
where she works as the
Lead Behavioral Health
Clinician at Desert Senita
Gains a Month
Community Health Center
(DSCHC). Susan provide
In 2006, the first-ever events planned throughout by teenagers across the
general mental health
National Teen Dating the inaugural month. nation who chose to take a
counseling services,
Violence Awareness Week stand and put a stop to teen
specializing in patient’s
was held, reflecting a new Ironwood High School in dating violence. Initiated in
behavioral changes to
nationwide initiative to Glendale, AZ, will host Live 2004 by the American Bar
compliment their medical
increase public awareness It!, a dance concert to raise Association and now
and education of the awareness about the supported by over fifty
prevalence of teen dating struggles of domestic national, state and local
violence among our nation's violence victims and similar organizations, the call to
Ric Sudberry teens. On December 11, concerns. In suite, Kaity’s end teen dating violence
Board Member 2008, the Senate approved Way will have an exhibit has been formally
S. Res. 710 by unanimous table at the event. recognized in the Senate in
Ric is the father of five and consent, which declares the 2006, 2007, 2008 and now,
spent five years in the US week of February 2 - 6, Kaity’s Way will travel to 2009.
Air Force as a Medical 2009, "National Teen Dating Ajo, AZ February 7th
Technician. Ric works full Violence Awareness and through 9th speaking at Each year, the Senate has
time at Home Depot in Prevention Week." various events from the declared the first full week
sorry AZ. He enjoys
Phoenix, local Ajo High School in February "National Teen
reading, watching football In 2010, United States students to presenting Dating Violence Awareness
(Go Steelers!) and traveling. Senator Mike Crapo-R, Kaity’s Law & story to and Prevention Week." The
joined with the Department patrons of the Ajo Library. crime of teen dating
of Justice to promote a violence, including physical,
Norma Gomez resolution in the Senate Kaity's Way will also share emotional and sexual
designating the month of Kaity's Story with the assault, and harassment via
Board Member February, not just one students of three separate texting, email or Instant
Norma is a mother of three week, as Teen Dating classes at Nogales High Messaging is a cruel reality
and grandmother of nine. Violence Awareness and School in Nogales, AZ for many American
Norma first began her work Prevention Month. The February 15,2011. The teenagers--a reality of
as an advocate about 20 Senate passed that presentation arrangements which many parents are
years ago when she began resolution unanimously, were coordinated by Sandra unaware.
working with the making February 2011 the Anguiano of Mariposa
developmentally disabled first ever Teen Dating Community Health Center in Kaity’s Way is ecstatic that
population. She continues Violence Awareness and conjunction with Mrs. Teen Dating Violence is
her advocate work with the Prevention Month. Susana Abreu, a teacher at gaining the necessary
Pima County Attorneys’ Nogales High School. awareness and support
Office, Victim Services Kaity’s Way, as well as through legislation to help
Division. She enjoys many organizations whose The Teen Dating Violence put an end to violence.
teaching Baile folklórico, primary focus is child Awareness and Prevention
which she has done for the welfare, have a number of Initiative was spearheaded
last 25 years in Ajo.

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of
Calendar of Events Kaity’s Way Returns to Holbrook
Be sure to check our website for
updates and additional current Kaity’s Way hits the road early students who attended the violence.” The same student
events in January when on January forum. She let them know that responded to the question “Do
11, 2011 Bobbi Sudberry of if they find themselves in a you have any suggestions for Kaity’s Way, shared Kaity’s violent relationship or knows the Speaker of Kaity’s Story?”
.php Story with the Freshman of someone in a violent “No, other than keep going,
Health Classes of Holbrook relationship that they are not people need to know about
High School. On January 12, alone. Help is available this outstanding organization.”
When 2011, students in the seventh through school counselors or
through twelfth grades heard just a phone call away.
February 4, 2011 @ 5:00 pm Kaity’s Story at Holbrook
Seventh-Day Adventist Indian
School concluding the two day
Ironwood High School’s Live IT! trip.
Dance Contest to raise awareness
about domestic violence victims. In October 2010, Kaity’s Way
spoke at the North County
Health Cares about Domestic
When Violence event, which From left to right, Bobbi Sudberry,
Arnell Singer (student at HIS),
February 7 – 9, 2011 prompted Marlene John, the
From left to right, Marlene John, Shannon Brown
event’s coordinator, to
Jaquel Moody , Holbrook High
What approach Principal Lance
School Roadrunner, Bobbi This was a team effort
Phaturos of Holbrook High Sudberry, Principal Lance
Kaity's Way will share Kaity's Story School and Vice- Principal between North County Health
with students and faculty of Ajo Phaturos
Shannon Brown of Holbrook Cares, Holbrook High School,
High School, Las Artes GED Seventh-Day Adventist Indian Holbrook Seventh-Day
Program and the LDS Youth Group. Kaity’s Way feels that if just Adventist Indian School,
School to express the need
for their students to hear one individual receives the Navajo County Attorneys
intended message from Office and Kaity’s Way and it
Kaity’s Story. Both agreed and
When Kaity’s Story then they are is only evident that Holbrook
in total there were 101
students at Holbrook High accomplished in their mission. is a community that truly cares
February 15, 2011 School and 39 students from Based on the following the about their young people as
following responses to the well as their future. Thank You
What Holbrook Seventh-Day
Adventist Indian School that question, “What message(s), Holbrook for the wonderful
heard Kaity’s Story on this two if any, did you receive from hospitality and gracious
Kaity's Way will share Kaity's Story
Kaity’s Story?” on the survey acceptance extended to Bobbi
with the students of Nogales High day trip.
the attendees are asked to fill Sudberry. It is greatly
School. out after hearing Kaity’s Story. appreciated and Kaity’s Way
Once the dates were settled
looks forward to collaborating
for these engagements,
Marlene John had a wonderful The response was “you with you again in the future.
When idea to bring in a local helped me see how my
relationship is. Thank you. I
February 26, 2011 Advocate, Jaquel Moody of
the Navajo County Attorney’s am glad you opened my
eyes.” Another student
What Office. Jaquel brought her
responded to say “have fun in
knowledge of the local
AARP Health Fair, Greer Park, resources available to the a relation without the
Youngtown, AZ

Kaity’s Way In the House

Dating Violence Statistic
On January 18, 2011, Kaity’s On January 25, 2011, Kaity’s Dignity House is making
Way presented Kaity’s Story Way also spoke to an history for women in the state
Of tweens (age 11-14) who have
to the women of Faith House audience at the Dignity House of Arizona by helping women
been in a dating relationship, 62%
Domestic Violence Shelter. in Phoenix, AZ. The Dignity and girls gain A life with self-
say they know peers who have
For almost 35 years, Faith House was created in the esteem and dignity away from
been verbally abused by a dating
House has provided victims Phoenix Durango Jail, born prostitution.
and their families with safe out of frustration with the lack
haven and support while of services for women wanting
helping them gain to move out of the dead end
atingviolence-color.pdf. Liz
independence through self- life of prostitution. In 1995,
Claiborne, Inc/Teen Research
empowerment and education Dignity became a program of
Unlimited (2007, February). Study
located in Maricopa County, Catholic Social Services of
on teen dating abuse.
Arizona. Phoenix.
Help Wanted Kaity’s Way Community and
Kaity’s Way needs volunteers for
the following: Volunteer Support
Celebrities/Heroes Step, Against
Teen Dating Violence II tentatively Kaity’s Way would like to March 26, 2011 -- organizations. This is a
scheduled for the summer of 2011. extend its thanks to: Exhibit table at an event fun way to get together
Monthly meetings are scheduled to hosted by Tumbleweed with your friends and
begin in January 2011. Pam B for the generous at the Sunnyslope support a great cause.
donation of $100. Community Center 7th
Street & Dunlap.. Are you a member of a
Holbrook High School for PTA, PTO, PTSO of any
providing lodging and lunch Celebrities Step Against group or organization
while we were in Holbrook. Teen Dating Violence II that involves the welfare
-- Fundraising event of children? If so,
Wish List Days Inn Holbrook for scheduled for July 23, consider suggesting
giving us a discounted rate 2011. We are in the Kaity's Way speak at
on the second night stay to planning stages and one of the meetings to
RV share Kaity’s Story with could use all the help we bring awareness to
Computer HIS. can get. Teen Dating Violence as
Donna McClung, Debbie well as the need for
Copier Sinohui, Heidi Miller and If you are unable volunteer Education in our
Conference call speaker phone Sasia Miller for attending for one of Kaity’s Way’s schools.
the kick off meeting for our many events, we can use
Two Outdoor Storage Sheds next Celebrities Step your help and support in
Against Teen Dating If you are a Facebook,
6 Foot Folding Table other ways. user, whenever you see
a Kaity's Way posting,
We now have a Spanish Logging survey answers make it a habit to hit the
version of our Brochure. It is into a spreadsheet. SHARE option and
available from Kaity’s Way encourage your
and will be available on our Envelope stuffing for Facebook friends to do
website shortly. mailing.. the same. By doing
Kaity’s Way Contact so you are bringing
awareness to more
Coordinate a Dining to people than Kaity’s Way
Mailing Address: Kaity’s Way needs Donate night with a
P.O. Box 83494 volunteers for several can do alone.
restaurant in your area.
Phoenix, AZ 85071 upcoming events.
Talk about us to anyone
Have a Home Party to and everyone. If you
Email Address: February 26, 2011 -- raise funds for Kaity's would like brochures to Exhibit table at AARP Way. Many businesses,
Health Fair 7:00 am - have on hand, please let
such as, Tupperware, us know and we will get
Phone Number: Greer Park, 112th Ave & Beauticontrol,
W. Alabama Ave, some to you.
(602) 740-2734 Pampered Chef,
Youngtown, AZ. CandleLite, and Cookie Lee have programs to fundraise for non-profit

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