Scottsdale Charros fund MASK program in elementary schools

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Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids conducted a year long peer-to-peer program in several Valley elementary schools thanks to a charitable grant from the Scottsdale Charros.

Several Valley-wide schools were able to benefit from MASK’s E3 (Engage, Educate and Empower) i.m.POWER peer-to-peer mentor program.

During this peer-to-peer approach to prevention, Arizona State University students deliver the awareness program to elementary-age students. The program engages, educates and empowers students which ultimately leads to healthy decision-making, according to a press release.

MASK’s school-based program aims to build social and emotional skills in children while helping the school create a positive climate and atmosphere in a manner that meets also helps teachers and school administrators meet educational standards. A school-wide approach on positive social-emotional skills creates an education environment that prepares children to be “ready to learn.”

This customized programming is based on contemporary trends as it relates to the challenges faced by today’s youth and their families. MASK’s goal and aim is to improve school climate, build healthy children, and strengthen parent-child bonds through psycho-educational information, classroom-based activities, practical tips on helping parents understand their child’s experiences, and education on current trending topics through MASK the Magazine and the MASK E3 school program.

MASK’s E3 program approach recommends three assembly workshops per year conducted by i.m.Power mentors, followed by two climate-building reinforcement activities implemented during two consecutive months following the assembly.

Since the Scottsdale Charros’ were formed, the group continues to remind longtime and new residents that Scottsdale has a rich and diverse Western heritage that should be preserved and celebrated.  Just as the humble farmers and ranchers of early Scottsdale shared whatever they had with their neighbors, the Charros have shared their time, talent and resources with their community. And today the elementary students of Scottsdale are direct beneficiaries of their generous resources.

To learn more about the Scottsdale Charros visit

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