Find out about educational events & training opportunities.

Here you’ll find a listing of our Events and Training Sessions as well as important Alliance Resources. Be sure to check back each week for new Events and Training Sessions.

Maricopa Family Support Alliance (MFSA) was so pleased to welcome AZ Agency leaders—Marcus Johnson (Deputy Director/Community Engagement & Regulatory Affairs, AHCCCS); David Lujan (Director, Dept of Child Safety); and Angie Rodgers (Director, Dept of Economic Security)—who shared about agency plans and updates with 75+ organizations that serve AZ children and families at our All Member Meeting on August 25, 2023. Piper Trust CEO Steve Zabilski expressed appreciation for the critical work carried out by these leaders and human services orgs.

Upcoming Events & Training

Jun 20-20
Conference

AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series

Imagining and Rehearsing for our Dream World is an introduction to abolition and transformative justice. We’ll practice stretching our imaginations to think about a world without prisons and policing and the types of shifts materially and culturally that would be necessary for an abolitionist future. We’ll also spend time discussing how to be in alignment with abolitionist principles, especially for conflict resolution within our organizations.

This will feature Denee Jackson of …& Liberation LLC and is part of the AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series.

More about Denée

Beginning in college, I found myself deeply and urgently immersed in racial justice equity work, which informed all of my career choices and a lot of how I spend my time and live my life. I identify as an abolitionist, transformative justice practitioner, and birthworker and I really try to ground in truth and love in everything that I do. Recently I’ve spent time organizing with Jewish Voice for Peace, Black Lives Matter LA, Queers for Palestine LA, and the Tempest Collective. I lean into this work imperfectly: I believe in a vulnerable and brave commitment to centering the most marginalized communities which requires the space to learn from mistakes and collaboratively remain accountable to them. My approach is gentle, direct, and always with care.

When

Thursday, June 20, 2024 – Thursday, June 20, 2024
6/20/24 10:00 am – 6/20/24 11:30 am

Where

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Aug 19-19
Conference

AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series

In Foundations of Equitable Youth Engagement, participants will explore the essential ingredients of authentic youth engagement, using the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s four pillars of youth engagement (youth-adult partnerships, preparation, opportunities, and support) including the levels of youth engagement and holding a youth engagement perspective that is informed by adolescent brain science and racial equity and inclusion.

This will feature Antoinette Rucker & Meghan Arrigo and is part of the AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series.

Antoinette Rucker is a child welfare consultant based out of Atlanta and is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at Clayton State University. Antoinette is the founder of Fostering Through College (FTC), a comprehensive support program that strives to empower foster youth transitioning into post-secondary education at Albany State University. She strives to empower agencies and organizations to rethink the ways in which they service young people impacted by the child welfare system. Antoinette has served as a Jim Casey Young Fellow for six years and in 2018, she was selected as a participant for the first round of the Results Count Leadership training hosted by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Results Count leadership program was born out of a conviction that results-driven leaders are vital to achieving measurable and lasting improvements for kids and families. Antoinette has also served as a member of the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council and as a board member for a girls empowerment initiative out of Atlanta called G.E.M.S (Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed). Antoinette believes that giving back is a universal opportunity regardless of a person’s background and she holds that anyone who cares has the capacity to create change.

Meghan Arrigo is an activist, coach, and consultant. She has spent the last twenty years coaching and collaborating with young people, community members and system leaders to re-imagine communities centered in justice, equity and inclusion. Meghan is the founder of Arrigo Consulting LLC where she has a private coaching practice focused on holding space for people to design a future rooted in their values, freedom, peace and possibilities. She also currently partners as a Senior Youth Engagement Consultant with Cetera Inc. Cetrea is a proud partner to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Initiative focused on supporting authentic youth engagement efforts in communities across the country. The Initiative works to ensure young people who have experienced foster care have equitable access to resources, relationships and opportunities they need to achieve positive wellbeing in adulthood. Meghan works in collaboration to support these results and partners with young leaders with lived experience in the foster care system to inform policy and practice change at federal, state and local levels.

Meghan is a graduate of Leading for Change; holds a degree in International Relations and Social Policy. She is certified in Positive Youth Development and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coactive Training Institute. She is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Most importantly Meghan is a mother, sister, wife, daughter and friend. She grew up in Midwest, and most recently after living in the desert for 17 years, she now resides with her husband, son and mother in the Pacific Northwest. Meghan loves to cook, hike, explore, and most of all laugh.

When

Monday, August 19, 2024 – Monday, August 19, 2024
8/19/24 10:00 am – 8/24/24 11:30 am

Where

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Oct 23-23
Conference

AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series

Advancing Equity Internally: Fostering Cultures of Collective Care and BelongingHas the internal work of your organization often felt disconnected from the external equity and justice work you are seeking to advance? Does your culture feel draining with constant spaces of conflict, disconnection, and burn out? Does it feel like you are seeking more depth to your shared purpose? In this workshop, we will support you to reimagine what is possible when we create spaces of collective care and belonging. Rooted in liberatory design and practice, we will uplift key components of liberatory cultures that center shared dignity, relational trust, learning, healing, and deep courage as foundational in sustaining the people and the work of REJB toward greater impact.

Learning takeaways:

  • Participants will deepen their understanding of how liberatory values and practices can support organizational cultures
  • Participants will walk away with practical tools to apply in their organization, as well as considerations on how to hold accountability towards their equity, belonging, and justice goals

This will feature Elena Mireles-Hill and Sara A. Farooqi and is part of the AZ Emerging Leaders’ Network 2024 JEDI Learning Series.

When

Wednesday, October 23, 2024 – Wednesday, October 23, 2024
10/23/24 10:00 am – 10/23/24 11:30 am

Where

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