Local, National & Global Community Impact
SIROW Impact: Justice
More than 35 projects addressing issues related to justice system involvement conducted 1979 to 2019.
More than $31 million in funding awarded 1997 to 2019 to support SIROW and partners’ projects focused on addressing issues related to justice system involvement.
Thousands of adults and youth positively impacted by SIROW projects focused on addressing issues related to justice system involvement.
SIROW has provided data reports and policy options to help rally stakeholders to advocate for policy changes to address social justice hazards facing youth and families involved in in the juvenile justice system. Read more in the Juvenile Justice Initiative project on our Social Justice & Policy Projects page.
SIROW has conducted interviews with adults involved in the justice system to identify barriers to and solutions for success in reducing incarceration, missed court appointments, and racial and ethnic disparities.
From 1997 to 2019, SIROW conducted more than 20 projects partnering with law enforcement, justice system units, and treatment and service providers to create systems of care to address the needs of people involved in or at risk for involvement in the justice system. SIROW continues this work.
SIROW partnered with the Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network to assess progress in providing training and increasing law enforcement activities to reduce human trafficking.
SIROW’s national cross-site evaluation of juvenile drug courts identified the components of adolescent substance misuse treatment programs that are critical for success in reducing substance use and criminal behavior, and informed current guidelines for best practices in juvenile drug courts. Read more in the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures project on our Social Justice & Policy Projects page.
SIROW Impact: LGBTQ+
Multiple projects focused specifically on addressing social issues affecting LGBTQ+ populations.
More than $10 million in funding awarded 2003 to 2019 to support SIROW and partners’ projects focused on addressing social issues affecting LGBTQ+ populations.
More than 780 individuals involved in SIROW’s LGBTQ+ focused projects 2003 to 2019.
SIROW used community-based participatory action research and participant advisory boards to inform four iterations of projects addressing the needs of homeless and unstably housed LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
SIROW collaborated with more than 11 housing service providers to enhance LGBTQ+ competency and improve LGBTQ+ clients’ access to housing programs and affirming services. Read more in the ANCHOR project on our Gender and LGBTQ+ Equality & Social Inclusion page.
SIROW provided the only queer adult drop-in space in Tucson where 166 participants and others could access community services, engage in prosocial activities, and attend support groups, all while freely expressing themselves in a safe and affirming space. Read more in the ANCHOR project on our Gender and LGBTQ+ Equality & Social Inclusion page.
SIROW developed and adapted two LGBTQ+ inclusive comprehensive sexuality education curricula that have been delivered to more than 275 youth and young adults.
SIROW Impact: Women
More than 50 projects focused specifically on addressing social issues affecting women conducted 1979 to 2019.
More than $33.5 million in funding awarded 1979 to 2019 to support SIROW and partners’ projects focused on addressing social issues affecting women.
Thousands of women involved in and positively impacted by SIROW projects.
The Women’s Memorial Quilt (right) was created by participants in the Community Outreach Project on AIDS in Southern Arizona (COPASA). It honors women who perished from violence or substance misuse and reflects women’s struggles with poverty, sobriety, and violence.
With Sister Jose’s Women's Center, SIROW has developed CREATE to empower chronically homeless women towards self-sufficiency while providing opportunities for personal growth.
For 20 years, 2000 to 2020, Sowing the Seeds promoted the humanities through monthly creative writing and discussions. It resulted in two anthologies of women's writing.
From 1979 to 2019, SIROW provided HIV/STI testing and treatment to more than 1,450 women to reduce unintended pregnancies, HIV, viral Hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
SIROW’s Working Poor Mothers of Minors Project connected over 125 pregnant/postpartum women to substance misuse, prenatal and sexual health, employment, and housing services.
SIROW Impact: Youth
More than 30 projects for or about youth conducted 1998 to 2019.
More than $47 million in funding awarded 1998 to 2019 to support SIROW and partners’ projects for or about youth.
More than 110,000 youth have been involved in SIROW projects 1998-2019.
From 1998 to 2019, SIROW has collaborated with over 20 organizations to conduct evaluations of local, state, and national youth initiatives to inform system and policy change.
From 1998 to 2019, SIROW has partnered with over 15 organizations to provide behavioral and mental health services and SIROW’s age-appropriate, trauma-informed, evidence-based comprehensive sexual health education for youth (HEY) to over 4,000 youth, 1) reducing substance misuse, 2) improving mental health, 3) increasing health-related testing & treatment, & 4) reducing sexual risk.
Through 2019, SIROW has provided education regarding gender-based discrimination and harassment and gender equality issues related to career development and opportunities to more than 100,000 students. Read more about Project CHANGE on our Education & Workforce Development page.
SIROW’s WISE program provides, on a weekly basis, over 750 K-12 students with access to innovative STEM programming, spurring interest in sciences and engineering and connecting youth with female STEM role models.