Sunnyslope Weed & Seed, Phoenix AZ
July 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004
3rd of 5 years of Official Recognition
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed contracted partners remained the same during the measurement
period, with the exception of the Sunnyslope High School Evening Media Center which
terminated its contract with us for the 2004-2005 academic year due to lack of attendance.
Remaining funds were obligated to increase the resources awarded to Sunnyslope High School
Adult Diploma Program and enhance event sponsorship and advertising costs. A budget
modification request outlining these changes and stating revised line items for Royal Palm Middle
School Mentoring Program was submitted on August 17, 2004.
Informal partnerships with Maricopa County Adult Probation and Safe Schools Healthy Students
blossomed during this measurement period. (See Law Enforcement and Prevention, Intervention
and Treatment sections for details.)
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed currently has four fully operational committees:
a. Steering Committee, co-chaired by residents April Jones and Polly Martino
b. Neighborhood Restoration Subcommittee, chaired by resident Bethany Nader
c. And Law Enforcement Subcommittee, co-chaired by resident Donna Wiedoff and
Officer Kevin Watts
d. Prevention Subcommittee, chaired by Debbie Davis
all of which are open to the public.
As of November 2004, Steering committee meetings are to be held every other month.
Elections for 2004-2005 steering committee co-chairs were held in November 2004. April Jones,
resident, and Polly Martino, resident, were elected by the steering committee. Bethany Nader was
elected as 2004-2005 chair of the Neighborhood Restoration subcommittee.
During this measurement period, presentations were made to parent groups at Desert View
Elementary School and Sunnyslope Elementary School, soliciting involvement.
A lapel pin with a new Sunnyslope Weed & Seed logo was designed, created and distributed to
steering committee members.
The Sunnyslope Weed & Seed web site was unveiled at the October steering committee meeting.
The site was announced in two local community newsletters: Neighbor to Neighbor and The
Village Voice. The site’s address is: www.sunnyslopecommunity.org
Currently, the Sunnyslope Weed & Seed Steering Committee consists of 26 voting members, 13
of which are residents. There are 4 open positions on the steering committee.
2. Steering Committee Meetings
The steering committee has met 5 times this period:
a. July 14, 2004
b. July 28, 2004
c. September 8, 2004
d. October 13, 2004
e. November 10, 2004
3. Award Balances
Update – Budget Balances
The balance as of 12/31/04 is $151,466.87
Amount Budgeted Amount Used Amount Left
Personnel $30,716.87 $21,791.58 $8,925.29
Fringe $6,757.71 $2,310.24 $4,447.47
Travel $7,470.00 $576.30 $6,893.70
Contracts $166,972.25 $43,570.65 $123,401.60
Supplies $7,946.17 $216.13 $7,730.04
Equipment $5,103.00 $5,034.23 $68.77
Other $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Total $224,966.00 $73,499.13 $151,466.87
All Weed & Seed funds are currently obligated in accordance with the budget included in the 3
year funding application.
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed has submitted an application for Community Development Block Grant
funds in the amount of $10,000 to help sustain law enforcement efforts currently funded through
Weed & Seed. If awarded, funds would be available for officer overtime during the months of April
and May 2006.
The site coordinator, a law enforcement representative and a representative of the fiscal agent
will be attending the application workshop for the Drug Free Communities grant. Pending
information gathered at this workshop, Sunnyslope Weed & Seed may seek a Drug Free
Communities award to sustain Weed & Seed efforts at the conclusion of its final award (March
A financial oversight task force has been formed to assist in seeking out additional funding
A community needs assessment has been conducted and findings will be revealed at a January
community meeting. The February Sunnyslope Youth & Family Partnership (SYFP) meeting will
be used to develop community strategies to address gaps in service and other community needs
identified through this assessment.
Sunnyslope Youth & Family Partnership (SYFP) is a coalition of representatives from more than
40 schools, neighborhood organizations, hospital departments, social services and governmental
agencies working together on a comprehensive plan to prevent juvenile delinquency and ensure
the well being of children, youth and their families in the Sunnyslope area of north Phoenix,
Arizona. Established in 1995, this group is a key player in ensuring the sustainability of the
prevention, intervention and treatment strategies of Sunnyslope Weed & Seed. The Partnership
meets community needs by:
Facilitating partnerships for improved integration of accessible services
Reducing barriers to services such as transportation, language, geographic, economic
Preventing under-utilization and duplication of programs and resources, and
Providing for expansion of services through collaboration.
Initiatives are reviewed yearly to determine if the SYFP is still meeting the greatest need in the
community. The current initiatives are:
A One-Stop Family Support Center
A Healthy Start in Life for Sunnyslope Children
Better Access to Services for Sunnyslope Youth and Families
Safe, Clean Neighborhoods
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed committee members have been invited to attend.
6. Status of Goals and Objectives
(June 1, 2004 – December 9, 2004)
The Phoenix Police Department continues to enjoy the partnership between the Weed and Seed
committee, community leaders and neighborhoods. The suppression of violent crime, reducing
citizen fears, giving hope back to residents and helping set the stage for community revitalization,
remain a priority.
During the measurement period, personnel from the Desert Horizon Precinct’s Neighborhood
Enforcement Team (61X) of the Phoenix Police Department conducted the following activities
to support focused the goals and objectives for the Sunnyslope Weed and Seed area:
o served 30 Drug related Search Warrants,
o executed 24 Pro-Active Deployments and
o attended no less than 111 separate community events.
These efforts utilized a total of 760.50 hours of overtime.
The Neighborhood Enforcement Team’s concentrated patrols in the Weed and Seed area
o 237 arrests, of these 124 were for illicit drugs.
o 11 stolen vehicles were recovered with an approximate value of $68,300.
o 34 Field Interrogations were conducted.
o 128 citations were issued.
o Three stolen weapons were recovered.
Illegal Drug Activity
The Neighborhood Enforcement Team and other Phoenix Police Department officers have
executed 40 Search warrants in the Weed and Seed area. The total number of warrants
o 30 for illicit drugs,
o 4 for stolen property,
o 2 for forgery,
o a child abuse case,
o a child pornography case,
o a subject with a gun, and
o one for the Department of Corrections.
These warrants resulted in the arrest of 68 individuals.
The Neighborhood Enforcement Team received 55 drug complaints that were followed up on
during this period. These narcotic complaints netted:
o the recovery of 16.5 ounces of Methamphetamine for an estimated street value of
o 13.12 ounces of Cocaine for an estimated street value of $10,496.00,
o 465 pounds of Marijuana for an estimated street value of $69,750.00,
o 10 grams of heroin for an estimated street value of $800.00 and
o 600 prescription pills for an estimated value of $4,500.00.
The following was seized during these efforts:
o 16 firearms and
o 10 vehicles at an estimated value of $79,000.00.
This local crime problem of prostitution has plagued the Sunnyslope community and has assisted
in the neighborhood deterioration. The Neighborhood Enforcement Team arrested 13
individuals for prostitution. The Neighborhood Enforcement Team will continue its efforts to
rid the Sunnyslope community of this blight.
The Sunnyslope Weed & Seed site coordinator sits on the City Prosecutor’s Prostitution Task
Force where the group has been working to request a full cash bond of $1,000 for those
arrested for prostitution and the implementation of a John Diversion Program.
This local crime problem has plagued the Sunnyslope community and has assisted in the area
deterioration. The Neighborhood Enforcement Team, Phoenix Police Gang squads and the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have conducted several sting operations resulting in
the arrest of no less than 25 individuals. The Gangs which have been impacted are:
o Aryan Brotherhood,
o North Side 15 Avenue,
o Wetback Power 8 Street,
o Mexican Brown Pride and
These investigations have directly affected the living conditions of these neighborhoods. The
effort to impact gang activity remains a high priority of the officers that work within the weed and
During this reporting period the Neighborhood Enforcement Team implemented several crime
suppression programs. One of these programs was a two-week auto theft program that
resulted in the arrest of an individual who seemed to be leading a group in the area.
Following this program the number of vehicle thefts in the area dropped drastically.
Additionally several liquor permits and establishments have been closely reviewed.
The team also worked in partnership with Immigrations Customs and Enforcement in
identifying no less than 7 individuals that qualify under Project Safe Neighborhood in the
In an effort to stop the cycle of recidivism, officers apprehended 10 individuals that fit the
criteria of the Repeat Offender Program resulting in the imprisonment of the individuals
for a total of 72.75 years.
In March of 2004, Maricopa County Adult Probation was invited to participate in the Sunnyslope
Weed and Seed program by partnering with the community and Phoenix Police Department. The
goal was to implement all avenues of crime fighting techniques to reduce criminal activity
committed by re-entry offenders thus reducing crime and improving the quality of life within the
Barbara Broderick, Chief Probation Officer, of Maricopa County, has been one of the guest
speakers at a Sunnyslope Weed & Seed law enforcement committee meeting, allowing the
community an opportunity to understand the policies, procedures and responsibilities of Adult
Adult Probation Officer Breht Stavn has been influential in the program. Stavn has attended
the Weed and Seed Law Enforcement meetings on a monthly basis, which has given
community members the ability to exchange information directly with probation. For example,
two registered sex offenders living in close proximity to Sunnyslope schools and/or youth
centers were called to the attention of probation officers which resulted in the offenders
being relocated and decreasing the risk to Sunnyslope youth.
Furthermore, when citizens provide addresses suspected of engaging in criminal activity for the
police to look into, Stavn inputs the information in the probation department’s computer system to
ascertain if any are probationers’ addresses. Stavn works with the police department as a liaison
to further investigate and dissuade criminal activity.
The exchange of information between Stavn and local officers has become a valuable tool.
Information exchanged between the police and probation officers has assisted in the
execution of two drug related search warrants. Stavn and his partner, Probation Officer Mark
Flores, also responded with the police officers to the scene and assisted with the search and
related paperwork resulting in the arrest of several drug dealers.
The effort of the multi-jurisdictional agencies has been felt by the decrease in calls for
service in this area.
The Phoenix Police Department has been using pro-active enforcement in the designated Weed
and Seed area within the Sunnyslope community utilizing both marked and undercover units. This
has resulted in numerous drug and violent criminal arrests. A Neighborhood Enforcement Team
has been dedicated to work in conjunction with other bureaus, prosecutors and other agencies on
problems that affect the Sunnyslope community. The Phoenix Police Department, utilizing
collaborative problem solving efforts with the community, has developed tactics designed to
reduce and suppress crime at the neighborhood level. In a cooperative effort with the community,
the Phoenix Police Department has dedicated officers to meet with the community for the
purpose of determining criminal issues, development Law Enforcement strategies and to make
recommendations concerning Law Enforcement issues relevant to the Weed and Seed area.
The Phoenix Police Department is in the planning stages of developing a community
substation bringing the beat officers closer to the Sunnyslope neighborhoods they serve and
During this reporting period Community Action Officers were successful in creating 3 new block
watch groups bringing the present day total in the Weed and Seed area to 89. (During this
period Officers worked with neighborhood groups bringing some of the Block Watch groups
together forming larger neighborhood organizations. This resulted in a lowering of the total
number of registered Block Watch’s in the area.) Block Watch groups help to bring the
neighborhoods and the police together fighting to preserve their community.
During the measurement period, Community Action Officers supported Sunnyslope
block watch and fight back groups by conducting presentations and attending 94
meetings. During these presentations concerns that were addressed consisted of problem
solving, information and referral assistance along with educational presentations. The
educational presentations covered the areas of crime prevention by environmental design,
stranger danger, personal safety and victim awareness.
Officers assisted neighborhoods in quality of life issues. Neighborhood groups brought forth
their concerns regarding their safety and declining property values. Officers conducted
enhanced patrols in the areas, met with the community groups, City Attorney’s Office and
City Zoning to develop an action plan to address the problems. In addition to these
community and city groups several clean up and educational programs were implemented.
To help maintain the communities’ quality of life, officers are conducting follow up patrols, in
these areas, utilizing marked and un-marked patrol cars, bicycle, and foot patrols.
Working in conjunction with several block watch groups, community action officers arranged
for the Graffiti Paint-Out Program on 10 different occasions to take place in
approximately 14 locations in the Weed and Seed area. This program is on-going as graffiti
is found within the neighborhoods.
Prevention, Intervention and Treatment
A prevention committee was formed in October 2004. The committee has composed some
questions to be included in a school climate survey being presented to the school board for
approval by our partners Safe Schools Healthy Students. The committee is attempting to
identify gaps and barriers to after school programs and is working to ensure Sunnyslope is
a Community of Promise by meeting the five promises set forth by America’s Promise:
1. Caring Adults
2. Safe Places
3. Healthy Start
4. Marketable Skills
5. Opportunities to Serve
As partners, the Sunnyslope Weed & Seed site coordinator participates on Safe Schools Healthy
Students Advisory Board; and Safe Schools Healthy Students staff participate in Sunnyslope
Weed & Seed Safe Haven Round Table and Prevention committees. Through Sunnyslope Weed
& Seed’s informal partnership with Safe Schools Healthy Students, we have:
o Provided an introduction to Street Soldiers, a drug and gang prevention presentation,
who were then hired through Safe Schools Healthy Students to deliver their presentation
to 5 and 6 grade students at Mountain View Elementary School.
o Provided an introduction to Black Canyon CLOUT and community organization serving
the area west of Sunnyslope with similar goals and objectives to that of Sunnyslope
Weed & Seed.
o Coordinated a meeting with Partnership for a Drug Free America to discuss collaboration
and/or partnership opportunities for Safe Schools Healthy Students, Sunnyslope Weed &
Seed and Partnership for a Drug Free America
o Coordinated meeting with representative from Arizona Criminal Justice Commission to
consider implementing the Arizona Youth Survey in partner schools.
o Began working together with the City of Phoenix Latino Institute to assess host an
Information Fair to be held in Sunnyslope in July 2005.
In addition to the efforts of Sunnyslope Youth & Family Partnership and the Sunnyslope Weed &
Seed Prevention committee, Sunnyslope Prevention, Intervention and Treatment initiatives
benefit from Weed & Seed through sub-contracted agencies and safe haven programs. This
provides an opportunity to have a direct and specified impact.
As many of the funded partners operate their programs in accordance with the academic year,
many were on break for the majority of this reporting period.
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed 3 year subcontractors are:
o Sunnyslope High School Adult Diploma Program
o Sunnyslope High School Vikingtown
o Central Arizona Shelter Services Inc. (CASS)
o The Orchard
o Las Salas, Inc.
o Sunnyslope Youth Center
o X-Tattoo Program
o Royal Palm Outreach Project – After School Recreation Program
o Royal Palm Outreach Project – Small Groups
o Royal Palm Mentoring Program
Sunnyslope High School Adult Diploma Program
The Adult Education Program at Sunnyslope High School is in its 3rd year and remains the first
and only free diploma program in the state of Arizona that provides a diploma from GUHSD and
not simply a GED.
Goal and Objective: Providing High School level education opportunities for adults, allowing a
high school diploma versus a GED which is not sufficient for some work opportunities, including
some military posts and nursing programs.
Enrollment: 60 students are currently enrolled (10 males and 50 females)
Breakdown of credit status:
a. Seniors: 16
b. Juniors: 23
c. Sophomores: 17
d. Freshman: 4
Sunnyslope resident status:
a. 49 students have addresses in the Sunnyslope area (82%)
b. 3 work in the Sunnyslope area (5%)
c. 8 students reside outside the Sunnyslope area. (13%)
No students graduated in the fall of 2004.
Registration was held on Thursday, August 19, 2004. Classes began on Monday, August 23,
2004. Classes are held in room 506, from 7 p.m. to 9p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
We will be enrolling new students as we open Monday January 10 , 2005.
Problems/Obstacles: Hours were cut from 6 to 9pm to 7 to 9pm to insure we had enough
funding this fall. We have procured a $5000.00 private donation, which will maintain the
program through April 2005. We are continuing to seek funding to add to the Weed and Seed
Grant to maintain the program through the 2005-2006 school year.
As we continue to offer our services to the citizens of the Sunnyslope community we see the
gains made for those who lacked opportunity, self-esteem and often just the means to succeed.
Sunnyslope High School Vikingtown
Vikingtown is Sunnyslope High School’s camp experience in which individuals learn a greater
appreciation of individual and group differences. The camp curriculum is based on the nationally
recognized Anytown model, and developed by the National Conference for Community and
Justice. The goal of the camp is to education youth by creating a greater understanding of
culture, diversity, gender, and religious differences to fight prejudice and discrimination within the
school and within the community. Vikingtown is a prevention program necessary to promote
multicultural harmony and targets the areas of gangs, campus and community violence, dropout
prevention, substance abuse, and teen pregnancies.
The Vikingtown 2004-2005 camp will be held in March 2005. The program begins at camp and
follow-up activities continue throughout the school year. The recruiting of staff members and
students has begun. During the months of October, November and December several meetings
with school administers and Vikingtown coordinators took place to plan for camp. The Vikingtown
applications were updated and modified and will be distributed to students beginning this month.
Recent graduates, and seniors will be recruited as camp counselors and interviews will be
scheduled in January as well.
As Vikingtown will not be held until March 2005, there are no measurements to report at this time.
Central Arizona Shelter Services Inc. (CASS)
The substance abuse classes have been phenomenally successful. The classes, facilitated by
Community Bridges, help our clients maintain their sobriety and reinforce good choices. Case
managers have made classes mandatory for clients who have had abuse issues and have
implemented strict consequences for those who choose not to attend. This has resulted in
attendance increasing from a low of 2 adults in July to an average of 13 adults each class for the
month of September!
The average number of children supervised each session in September was 16. Because
our Weed and Seed grant helps us cover the expenses involved in providing childcare, our clients
can attend the classes knowing that their children are well supervised.
Because attendance increased so dramatically, the program outgrew the only space at Vista
Colina that could accommodate the Substance Abuse class. Phyllis Crawford, Director of the
Sunnyslope Family Services Center, agreed to host the classes at her 914 W. Hatcher site.
Since August 30 the adults have been meeting there.
In October, Community Bridges brought their substance abuse counselor, (Recovery Specialist
Herb Dean), on-site on a full time basis, thereby enhancing the services and support we can offer
our clients to promote their sobriety. He has office space both at the Sunnyslope Family Services
Center and on-site at Vista Colina, increasing opportunities for clients to interact with him and
receive services. He now offers some groups in the morning and others in the afternoons to
accommodate clients’ schedules. Childcare and after school activities are provided so that
parents can participate.
The children continue to be cared for on-site. Strict rules are in place to ensure that the parents
spend a minimal time commuting between sites. The demand for childcare during the classes
has required the use of staff from other areas to provide adequate supervision, especially when
volunteers are unavailable due to vacation schedules. The volunteer coordinator is attempting to
recruit more childcare volunteers to overcome this challenge. Significant positive changes have
resulted and we are looking forward to a new staff member to take over the position on a
permanent basis shortly.
All of the families served through this program reside in Sunnyslope. Approximately 40 families
are served per month, with approximately 40 volunteers staffing the program. 24 two-hour
sessions were offered during the measurement period with an average of 10 adults
attending per session. The Vista Colina occupancy rate was 96% in July, 99% in August, 98%
in September, 104% in October, 110% in November and 105% in December. Because of the
increase in demand for emergency shelter, we began placing two families – single moms with
one small child – in some of our 2-bedroom apartments thus increasing our 30 unit occupancy
numbers above 100%.
Attendance has been consistent and the numbers of clients participating has remained high. We
are very excited that we can address clients’ substance abuse histories in a positive, therapeutic
The Orchard finished up an employment preparation class for the women at Chrysalis. Although
we did not have a great response, ten women attended the class at various times and all
were given an attributes test to help them determine where their strengths lie. Unlike a
skills or IQ test, this test provides insight into the personality and attributes of an individual, i.e.
loyalty, management, organization skills. With this knowledge, even if they have never held a job,
they can take the results of this test and “show and tell” an employer why they would make a
good employee. Linda Baugh, President and owner of American Executives, an executive
employment search company, directed this eight-week class. As one of the best in her field,
Linda encouraged the women and spoke candidly about wages, skills, dress, transportation and
the job search. Unfortunately, only two of the women came on a regular basis, so the original
game plan to build on each class had to be redesigned and each class was then designed as a
The program has helped to build confidence as well. For example, one woman has experience
remodeling a mobile home and made a profit on resale. With class discussion and instructor
guidance, the woman came to realize this experience could be used as an example in an
interview to convey her understanding of budgeting and profit, attention to detail and home
The biggest challenge during this measurement period has been getting the ladies to turn out for
the program. We have averaged three attendees per class plus the advisors. In spite of
continue to promote the class and personal visits to the shelter to encourage a larger turnout, we
were very disappointed with the response from the women at Chrysalis.
We will be working with the management of Chrysalis to encourage the women to attend our next
group of classes and to see the value of self-improvement to help their current situation.
Our computer classes will be starting up in late February. We had anticipated the classes
starting much earlier, but due to illnesses, travel and hospital stays, the volunteers who will be
serving as teachers and lab techs were unable to get this class together in a timely manner. We
have been provided with a dozen used computers. At the present time, the computers are being
checked to see if they are compatible with the software that was donated. We anticipate having
five or six useable computers, which will allow us to teach 10 to 12 individuals. The
computer room has been rewired to accommodate the computers. The furniture and hard-drive
security locks necessary for this class are being purchased. There will be one teaching class per
week and two labs per week and the volunteers have signed up to help with this class. We have
also discussed having the students from the computer class at Sunnyslope High School, who
need volunteer hours, help teach or assist with the lab. We have been asked by DES to notify
them when these classes are available. They are aware that our grant money has Sunnyslope
restrictions and are willing to work with that. As soon as we have a start date, we will notify DES.
Las Salas, Inc.
Las Salas After School, a free five-day program from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,
during school year, resumed programming on September 20, 2004. The late start day was a
result of staffing and space issues. Never the less, on the first day, 27 students were in
attendance, and average daily attendance has averaged 27 to 31 students. As of
September, 50 students were enrolled in the After School program. Half of the students were
in grades 1 – 4 and the remainder was in grades 5 – 8, with the majority being 7 and 8 graders.
Ethnicity is approximately 90% Hispanic, 2-4% American Indian, 2-4% Asian.
The staffing issue was resolved when former qualified After School students called and asked for
the open positions. After School program staff proudly includes former After School students,
three of which are in high school and one from Glendale Community College. The certified
English tutor is a retired Vice President of the American Cancer Society. The Las Salas executive
director is filling the program director position, until a qualified candidate is found.
On a daily basis, the children have choices of sports/games, arts/crafts, literacy training,
mentoring by staff and a nutritional snack. The choice to volunteer and to be achievers also in
reading and attendance is available every day.
The BRAVE program, a 10-week prevention, decision-making and character development
program, was discontinued after the first week, as the instructor realized many of the participants
had been through the program at Mountain View within the last year. The loss of the BRAVE
program was not anticipated. Alternative prevention programming is being investigated to support
and expand the values of previously addressed by the BRAVE program.
Fortunately, The After School program received free tickets to see a performance of The Year of
Toad and Frog, by Childsplay Theater. The Sunnyslope Youth Center assisted with
transportation. Five staff supervised 18 children at this event.
In October and November, Mad Science came in as part of special activities. There were
chances for hands-on activities such as learning how to make their own polymers and how to get
electricity to jump from one place to another. Special art projects included a great rock-painting
project. After all the rocks were used, they brought broken bricks to paint.
Holiday crafts, especially Christmas art projects, were also popular. Everything from small painted
ornaments to large bells to hang on the After School tree were painted and glittered. With the
help of Desert Mission Food Bank’s Agency Day, the children were able to gift their family
members at the holidays with articles picked up at the Food Bank. They were very excited to be
“givers.” Each child wrapped his/her gifts with help from staff. All children on the After School
Angel Tree at Trinity Lutheran had their names chosen and most wishes came true.
Eighteen students and the staff started the holiday season by attending “Christmas at
First” which is the Dickens Christmas and Bethlehem stories at First Christian Church. This
included crafts activities, food, a ventriloquist, and a lot to see.
Besides all this, Childsplay Theater invited the After School to a free showing of the
Velveteen Rabbit for the holidays.
Transportation has been a challenge. Sunnyslope Youth Center has been a willing partner, but
has only one van available. Additional transportation partners are being sought; however,
because of lack of transportation, not everyone that wanted to go was able to attend. The
younger children were chosen first for “The Rabbit” because the older kids had first choice on
“Christmas at First.”
So far, this school year has been very busy with a lot of positive activities and events for the
children. It is important for them to get out of their neighborhood and to see and learn behaviors
that are acceptable away from home.
The space occupied by the After School for the past 6 years has been reduced, requiring an
overflow area, which is only accessible when not in use by other programs or events. While this
has been helpful when available, exploration of prefab building is in the beginning stages.
Sunnyslope Youth Center
The Sunnyslope Youth Center has been moving full speed ahead with both funded programs.
The dance program, Chilitos Bravos, has grown with leaps and bounds and now includes a
modern Mexican swing dance program. The program has been averaging 36 participants at
practice, all of which are Sunnyslope residents.
The dance program has performed in several events throughout the city including performances
at two retirement homes. During this last period the program has also lead two social potlucks to
bring in parents and additional participants.
The Sunnyslope Youth Center soccer program has also been doing quite well. 19 boys are
registered to participate. All are Sunnyslope residents. Currently the Sunnyslope Youth Center
soccer teams are playing in their new uniforms and have switched to a new soccer league that is
more competitive. The soccer team has also meet at the Sunnyslope Youth Center for several
social gatherings to further bond the team as a close unit.
Goal: Provide reduced cost tattoo removal treatment for residents in the Sunnyslope Community.
Retain existing Sunnyslope residents in the X-Tattoo Program.
Hold tattoo treatments at the Sunnyslope Youth Center for the 2003-2004 grant year.
Recruit residents from the Sunnyslope Community to participate in the X-Tattoo Program.
Foster increased employment opportunities for existing Sunnyslope residents in the X-
Provide educational and life skills workshops through X-Tattoo Program.
During this reporting period, the X-Tattoo staff had contact with 24 current Sunnyslope
participants, at nine treatments, three orientations, via telephone, mail, and e-mail
correspondence. In addition, three educational workshops were delivered during the
Each treatment participant received approximately $1000.00 value of medical service and
professional training at a greatly reduced fee. The average cost of tattoo removal service with a
licensed plastic surgeon is approximately $1000.00 per hour, while the average cost to an X-
TATTOO: Tattoo Removal Program participant is $55.00.
All nine treatments were held the Sunnyslope Youth Center. The treatments were performed by
volunteer plastic surgeons in the X-Tattoo Program. After treatment, volunteer nurse and fire
fighters immediately administered wound-care to participants. 179 participants were
successfully treated at Sunnyslope Youth Center. 25% are residents of the Sunnyslope
During this period, staff from X-Tattoo program presented at the Sunnyslope Youth Center using
both formal and informal presentation techniques. The expansion of the tattoo prevention
component is on going due to an X-Tattoo Staff member being permanently placed at
Sunnyslope Youth Center during center hours, advocating and recruiting for X-Tattoo Program.
Forty to eighty participants visit the Sunnyslope Youth center daily and are given more exposure
to the tattoo prevention content.
Presentations consist of interactive PowerPoint presentation or a focus group discussion with an
opportunity for questions and answers, interaction by audience members. This presentation
averages one hour in length and featured sections on attitudes about tattoos, trends in tattooing,
newspaper clippings about tattooing, social and medical consequences, options for removal, and
detailed information about the X-Tattoo Program. Sunnyslope Youth Center presentations were
given during programming groups for girls, following dance instruction, and during casual
conversations with site participants. An additional hour-long educational workshop featured
sections on business etiquette and included prevailing attitudes about tattoos in a professional
environment. This lead to a discussion about trends in tattooing social and medical
consequences, options for removal, and detailed information about the X-Tattoo Program.
Three program orientations were held during the reporting period. The program orientation
is an informational session for prospective new applicants seeking to enter the X-TATTOO:
Tattoo Removal Program. During a PowerPoint presentation attendees are given an overview of
the program including: program history, explanation of the laser and how it works with the body’s
natural processes to remove tattoos, and program requirements. All attendees of the orientation
receive a one-on-one assessment with an X-Tattoo staff member. The meeting is an opportunity
for the individual to ask questions and reveal the nature of their tattoos.
Although staffing continued to be a problem during this reporting period, the problem was
alleviated with the addition of two new regular part-time staff members at the end of
Treatments and educational workshops are being implemented as scheduled on the 2004 X-
Tattoo Treatment Calendar.
July 24, 2004 20 participants treated at Sunnyslope Youth Center.
July 24, 2004 Program Orientation for prospective new participants. 11
August 7, 2004 24 participants treated at Sunnyslope Youth Center
August 7, 2004 Educational Workshop – I Am Somebody: Improving self esteem
and avoid the pitfalls of peer pressure. 7 participants attended.
August 21, 2004 24 participants treated at Sunnyslope Youth Center
August 21, 2004 Educational Workshop – I Am Somebody: Improving self esteem
and avoid the pitfalls of peer pressure. 6 participants attended.
September 20, 2004 2 new part-time staff members joined the X-Tattoo team!
September 25, 2004 14 participants treated at Sunnyslope Youth Center
September 25, 2004 Program Orientation for prospective new participants. 19
October 9, 2004 17 participants treated at Sunnyslope PAL; 5 are Sunnyslope
October 23, 2004 24 participants treated at Sunnyslope PAL; 4 are Sunnyslope
October 30, 2004 2 X-Tattoo program staff and 4 X-Tattoo Program volunteers
worked at the Sunnyslope Community Picnic
November 20, 2004 21 participants treated at Sunnyslope PAL; 5 are Sunnyslope
November 20, 2004 Program Orientation for prospective new participants. 6
November 29, 2004 Business Etiquette Presentation given to 15 Recreation Internship
Program participants at Sunnyslope Community Center. All
attendees are Sunnyslope residents
December 4, 2004 10 participants treated at Sunnyslope PAL; 6 are Sunnyslope
December 11, 2004 25 participants treated at Sunnyslope PAL; 4 are Sunnyslope
Royal Palm Outreach Project – After School Recreation Program
The after school recreation program offers a variety of after school activities to Royal Palm Middle
School students including board games, basketball, soccer, flag football, sand volleyball, hip-hop
dance, and an art class. The activities alternate throughout the year, running from 3:10 p.m. -
4:10 p.m., and late buses are available for transportation. Activities are available to all Royal
Palm students at no cost and the program has a “no-cut” policy so that all of the youth that
choose to participate will have the opportunity to do so. There is also no limit to the number of
activities in which a student can participate.
The 2004-2005 after school recreation program began the third week of October with board
games, basketball, hip-hop dance, and an art class.
Board games meets twice a week allowing the teacher/coach to divide activities and better
manage the large number of participants (approximately 60 plus students). Students are given
the opportunity to participate in organized Pokemon, YU-GI-OH, and Hero-Clix tournaments and
trading, in addition to playing various board games and computer games. This activity, which
allows for socialization and fosters teamwork, will continue through the spring semester.
Boys’ Basketball met four days a week for approximately 5 weeks concluding 12/13/04.
Attendance was high (an average of 20 participants each day) and consistent (with the majority
of students participating on a regular bases). Participants completed anonymous satisfaction
surveys, which yielded positive feedback, and an expressed interest in continued participation.
Responses to “What did you like best about the intramural?” included:
o “That I play against other people”
o “You get to learn how to play”
o “That I actually was doing something fun and something I liked after school instead of just
o “That I have something to do after school and to have fun.”
o “It gave me something better to do after school.”
Responses to “What improvements would you like to see in this intramural?” included:
o “The intramural should be longer.”
o “Play inside.”
o “All year.”
o “Nothing really. It’s just really good.”
30 of the 37 students participating in the Boys’ Basketball activity reside in the
Sunnyslope community (81%). (Note: This information is not yet available for other activities, as
the programs are ongoing. They are expected to be included in the final report.)
A hip-hop dance class and an art class, both the product of collaboration with the City of Phoenix
Sunnyslope Youth Center, are being offered once a week at Royal Palm Middle School. The
dance class has had approximately 15 students participating regularly and is in the process
of scheduling public performances (i.e. basketball games, school talent show). The art class has
had a smaller turn out (4 students) which allows the instructor to work closely with each student,
one-on-one. The students are currently working on a “form and figure sculpture”. Supplies (i.e.
sketch pads, sculpting clay) were purchased courtesy of a $500 grant from Sunnyslope Kiwanis.
These classes will also continue through the spring.
Additional activities will be offered during the spring including Girls’ Basketball, soccer, flag
football, and sand volleyball. Again, board games, hip-hop dance, and art will continue to be
Royal Palm Outreach Project – Small Groups
Small Groups also began meeting in October (10/26/04). There was a slight delay in starting
groups due to time spent obtaining parental consent and completing a brief needs assessment.
During the needs assessment, students were asked a series of questions to determine the
student’s service need/interest. In response to this identified and/or expressed need, six
“Positive Action” (Anger Management) groups and one “Grief and Loss” group were
created. The groups meet once a week for approximately one-hour and attendance has been
high with active participation.
56 students participated in small groups during this measurement period. 95% of the
students reside in the Sunnyslope community.
Groups will continue in the spring semester with an emphasis on specific student issues (i.e.
family conflict, parental substance abuse, goal setting). Anonymous satisfaction surveys will be
completed by participants at the conclusion of the group. However, a holiday card received from a
group participant indicates that groups are effective and well received. The card said, “Thank you
for being a wonderful counselor. You’ve saved me from some bad choices I could have made.
Have a Holly-jolly Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Thanx for everything. You rock!”
Data and analysis pertaining to discipline referrals will be provided at the conclusion of the
Royal Palm Mentoring Program
The program goals and objectives are to provide a caring adult for each child who needs or
desires one, increase academic achievement, reduce absenteeism and reduce the number of
School was not in session until late August and the Mentoring Program began placing students
and mentors in early September. 46 students and mentors have been matched, and 30
students are awaiting a mentor.
Presently there are 27 students and 8 mentors in the two after school programs funded by
Weed & Seed, the Wednesday Night Group and Leadership Rap. The grant has furnished
weekly suppers to the Wednesday Night Group and snacks and drinks to Leadership Rap. The
students involved are showing increased achievement and fewer absences than before the
program. In addition, they are exhibiting noticeable good citizenship on campus.
All students are in the Sunnyslope area.
One of the Leadership Rap participants was selected to attend a Western Region Leadership
Conference in Utah, based on her attendance, participation and exhibited leadership skills. It was
noted by conference coordinators that she had exemplary behavior and leadership skills.
As community involvement projects the students have begun a project to furnish cards for
patients at the two John C. Lincoln Hospitals plus the Senior Day Care center and Senior
Living Center. This project has proved to be so interesting that the entire school has adopted
it and at this time over 1,200 cards have been made and delivered to the hospitals. The
second volunteer project was done in November when 17 of the mentored youth went to
Desert Mission Food Bank and filled over 800 food sacks. Because of the popularity of this
project we will be going again on Jan 27.
The biggest challenge has been coordinating purchases within the parameters of district
guidelines. A new financial plan has been implemented and is being evaluated for further
Data for statistical evaluation are not available at this time, as this year’s program has only been
active for one month during the measurement period.
In July, the Housing Committee’s name was officially changed to Neighborhood Restoration,
in an effort to use the same language set forth by Office of Weed & Seed.
Sunnyslope Weed & Seed successfully opposed the request for two liquor licenses in the
area. One was a strip club and the other was a smoke shop that sells drug paraphernalia. The
position was based on a belief that the addition of alcohol to the merchandise/services available
at the existing businesses would exacerbate high risk behaviors and increase the demand on law
enforcement resources and criminal activity (i.e. drug sales) while negatively impacting quality of
life in our area.
The Neighborhood Restoration committee has set its sights on addressing a trash-related blight
issue in the community. A representative from Public Works has been invited to present at the
January meeting. Once Public Works has educated the subcommittee on trash pick up, pros/cons
of private cans and closing alleys the committee will determine if there is a message to be
communicated through outreach efforts to residents, law enforcement and/or landlords.
Other tasks being considered by the Neighborhood Restoration committee are:
Identity theft education to residents
Code violation awareness campaign
Engaging landlords, possibly providing “seminar”
Consider paving alleys, facilitating bike patrols.
In Cooperation with the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department and the
community, the Phoenix Police Department has created an abatement program to identify
and coordinate efforts to hold property owners accountable for the criminal activity on their
property. As a result, several properties in the Sunnyslope community have been identified
by utilizing the resources of community members, City of Phoenix Zoning and the direct
criminal enforcement conducted by the Phoenix Police Department. The following is a list of
those properties identified and the action taken through the abatement program to hold the
property owners accountable:
9411 N. 13 Avenue (23 units)
This property was voted onto the Maricopa County Attorney’s Slumlord task Force list on
4/7/2004. This property has zoning violations and crime issues. There have been numerous
search warrants served at these apartments for illegal drug activity. Enforcement efforts have
been stepped up as noted below with the following results:
06/09/04 to 12/20/04 03/01/04 to 06/09/04 12/01/03 to 02/29/04
0- Arrests 1-Arrests 12 - Arrests
3- Reports (No Drug 0-Field Interrogations 0 - Field Interrogations
Reports) 1-Reports 13 – Reports
(No Drug Related Reports) (13 Drug Related Reports)
10305 N. 15 Avenue
This property was voted onto the Maricopa County Attorney’s Slumlord task Force list on
11/10/2004. This property has zoning violations and crime issues. There have been numerous
search warrants served at this apartment complex for illegal drug activity. The property is
scheduled for a complete inspection in January 2005. Enforcement efforts have been stepped
up. The crime statistics noted below are for 6 months only.
06/01/04 to 12/20/04
2 Field Interrogations
21 Reports (of the 21 reports -15 are drug related, 1 shooting, 1 Aggravated Assault, and
some property crime reports)
1712 W. Vogel Ave Apartment Complex (6 units)
This property has been nominated for Maricopa County Slumlord Task Force. The property
is scheduled for inspection in January 2005. Several drug related search warrants have been
severed related to this property and complaints of on going criminal activity. Contact was made
with property owner to clean up property. Location will be on-going complaint.
10015 N. 13 St. Apartment Complex (9 Units)
Owner contacted reference drug related search warrant/s served on property. The owner did
evictions and will be joining the Crime Free Multi Housing Program. Property will be
monitored for any continued criminal activity.
9431 N. Cave Creek (70 Units)
The Mountain Ridge Apartments (formerly known as Canyon Club Apartments) came into
compliance and has become a certified CFMH property. Statistics show a major decline in
Recent Troubled 6 months
06/9/04 to 12/20/04 12/4/03 to 06/09/04 06/5/01 to 12/18/01
10-Arrests 0-Arrests 53-Arrests
3-Field Interrogations 0-Field Interrogations 46-Field Interrogations
16-Reports (1 4-Reports 73-Reports
816 E. Orchid
12/2004: Property is being research for abatement action; recent drug search warrants have
been severed at this location.
11735 N. 19 Ave
August 31, 2004 manager was contacted and provided information reference dangerous drug
1420 W. Peoria Ave
This location had numerous zoning violations and problems with drug activity in the past. The
owner owned several other locations to include 1520 W. Peoria that also had zoning violations
and problems with drug activity. The owner ended up going through foreclosure and the City
of Phoenix purchased the property and rehabbed the property. Dunlap & Magee are
currently managing the property.
06/09/04 to 12/20/04 12/04/03 to6/9/04
0 Arrests 0- Arrests
2- Field Interrogations 0-Field Interrogations
2- Reports 0-Reports
1520 W. Peoria Ave
This location had numerous zoning violations and problems with drug activity in the past. The
owner owned several other locations to include 1420 W. Peoria that also had zoning violations
and problems with drug activity. The owner ended up going through foreclosure and the City
of Phoenix purchased the property and rehabbed the property. Dunlap & Magee are
currently managing the property.
06/09/04 to 12/20/04 12/04/03 to 6/9/04
3- Arrests 0- Arrests
0- Field Interrogations 0-Field Interrogations
9- Reports 1-Report
These statistics are for 1420 & 1520 W. Peoria together from the prior owner -same
1/1/98 to 12/31/98
Total Units =116
117-Field Interrogations 220
Reports (57-Drugs) 3- Homicides
This complex located at 1420 W. Peoria and 1520 W. Peoria Ave has seen a 98% drop in
arrests and an 80% drop in police reports since the new owner has taken over.
Crime Free Multi-Housing
The Phoenix Police Department has dedicated an officer within each precinct to meet with
property owners, inspect and qualify multi-housing properties within the Crime Free Multi Housing
program. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Officer has aggressively contacted property owners and
conducted numerous meetings with multi-housing properties within the Weed and Seed area.
During this reporting period one new property chose to participate in the Crime Free Multi-
Housing program. To date 8 applicants have completed the Crime Free Multi-Housing
program and are in good standing at this time. A total of 938 rental units now are certified
as Crime Free Multi-Housing properties within the Weed and Seed area. Currently there
are 17 applicants in the Weed and Seed area that are in the process of completing their
certification. These 17 applicants represent a total of 1,100 units. The Crime Free Multi-
Housing Officer is in constant contact with both the properties and the patrol officers to ensure the
quality of life within the Sunnyslope community.