VisionQuest opened its doors in 1973 in Tucson, Arizona. Throughout many years of growth, change, and expansion, programming in Arizona has formed into what it is today. Currently, in Arizona, VisionQuest offers three unique placement types for dependent youth and a school-based program. The following three placement types were created in order to offer individualized programming and support a continuum of care: VQ Community, VQ Semi-Independent, and VQ Sibling.
VQ Community Programs are designed for youth who need a structured environment combined with gender specific programming. VQ Community teaches the foundation of essential life skills for youth to grow into successful and productive adults. VQ Community focuses on encouraging youth to create positive routines and healthy habits in all aspects of their lives.
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VQ Community programs offer gender specific programming to adolescents between the ages of twelve and seventeen. There are currently two houses located on a ranch in Tucson’s foothills which serves 20 males as well as one house located in central Tucson which serves 10 females. The youth attend public school and an emphasis is placed on positive community involvement. The primary objective of the program is family reunification or successful transition into foster care, semi-independent living, or independent living.
Mullaney House located a little outside Tucson serves 10 youth. The youth at the home participate in a variety of vocational activities. Youth learn silk screening by producing t-shirts for different events in the community. Youth also raise chickens and grow vegetables onsite to sell eggs and vegetables in the community.
VQ Semi-Independent programs are designed for older youth who are ready for a gradual transition from the foster care system to independent living. VQ Semi-Independent promotes self-sufficiency and provides youth with information and guidance on available community programs that can support their life transition into successful adulthood.
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VQ Semi-Independent programs offer gender specific services to adolescents between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. There are currently two female and three male homes located in single family houses throughout central Tucson. Each house is made up of only four to five youth which allows for more support and individualized attention. The primary objective of VQ Semi-Independent is the successful transition into an independent living situation.
VQ Sibling programs are designed for children entering care. VQ Sibling focuses on the continuity of sibling relationships which can provide natural support to each other as well as a sense of stability and belonging.
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The VQ Sibling programs are co-ed homes serving sibling groups between the ages of five and seventeen. Placement with their siblings can enhance their sense of safety and well-being as they are not burdened with wondering where their siblings are and whether or not they are safe. Continuity of sibling relationships assists children in maintaining a positive sense of identity and knowledge of their cultural, personal, and family histories. The program objective is successful family reunification or successful transition to kinship or a foster family.
Marana Unified School District
VisionQuest provides Aggression Replacement Training (ART) in five schools in the Marana School District. The facilitators work closely with school counselors and teachers to provide progress notes for each session a student attends. Families are invited to a community meeting at the onset of the program for an overview of ART to help reinforce the skills at home. At the end of the year, families and students come together to celebrate their successes.
All AZ programs are committed to evidence-supported and evidence-based practices and incorporates a number of these components into the daily milieu: