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HealthCorps Teens Support Families in Need in the East Valley and GRIC

Written by: Oana Groza

On Martin Luther King Jr Day, students from the Gila River Indian Community participated in a day of service through HealthCorps’ Teens Make Health Happen (TMHH) club. The club members held a donation drive for families in need in the East Valley and Community. At the moment, there are 6 GRIC students involved with their local TMHH chapter and is one of five in the state. Their work was supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

The students in the club took initiative and contacted local businesses to seek donations. They explained to businesses the importance of the items that they were seeking for families in need. As a result, local businesses across the Valley provided funds to support their donation drive. They also received gift cards from Costco and Targets. As a result of the community contributions, the TMHH members were able to buy critical, high-demand items like socks, personal hygiene products, towels, baby products, and more. 

One of the club’s goal is to develop a health initiative and work on a community project centered around the initiative. Consequently, TMHH students at GRIC looked for local resource centers and identified the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation in Chandler and the GRIC Residential Program for Youth as their focus.

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The purpose of the TMHH club is to provide participants with educational leadership, programming and service learning opportunities based on physical activity, nutrition, mental resilience, and community engagement. 

The TMHH clubs in Arizona are supervised by HealthCorps Coordinator Taneesha Watson and is free to join. If are an Arizona student in grades 6 through 12 and are interested in joining, contact Taneesha at

We want to highlight teen change-makers! If you are interested in participating in projects similar to this one, join the Teens Make Health Happen (TMHH) club on your campus. If you or someone you know is doing great work that you would like to share, contact us today!

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