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StandUP AJ promotes healthy choices that contribute to positive outcomes, spreading hope and positivity.  We will be highlighting local youth in our beloved community of Apache Junction that are shining role models for our future. making positive healthy life choices.  We are looking for those special youth that set good examples for their peers in AJ that experience or practice spreading hope and/or making positive healthy life choices.  

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Current Spotlight

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Hope represented StandUP AJ at Youth Day at the Capitol and is ready to get involved with Teens With a Voice, the youth component of our coalition!  She is attending school online and keeps herself on task, on track, and organized.  She is just as quick to help her family as Crickett is to help the coalition.  She provides a wonderful example for those around her, making very careful healthy food choices and hitting the gym on a regular basis.

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Eli Day

Eli was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000, at 15 months old. He is 22 years old now and doing great! However, while growing up, he suffered low blood sugar seizures. It is scary to be a child and have a medical emergency. Eli fondly remembers one time when a medic gave him a small teddy bear and it made his experience less frightening.

Eli and his mother Laura now help kids in similar situations by creating ElisHugBugs! Their goal is to arm first responders with hugbugs so when they are called out to assist children in medical emergencies or domestic violence situations, they have hugbugs in their vehicle to give a child for comfort! When the initial hugbugs are finished, they will be contacting local fire/police departments so they can distribute the hugbugs to children in crisis, at no cost to them!

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Past Spotlights

Past Spotlights

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Youth Spotlight Nomination form

To nominate a youth that promotes positivity and hope  in the community  please fill out the form below. 

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