The Marana Cares Mobile navigates the streets of the community, offering nutritious meals, Chromebooks, and literacy activities to students during school breaks and the summer months so that students are better prepared to return to school ready to learn.
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Founded in 2012 by the Flagstaff STEM Consortium, STEM City convenes STEM-orientated businesses and organizations, schools, educators, and parents to develop and deliver engaging activities that strengthen STEM literacy, develop students’ competencies and employability skills, and ensure a Flagstaff workforce poised to succeed in tomorrow’s economy.
Established in 2010 and located in Avondale, Homeless Youth Connection has served more than 2,700 homeless students across the Valley. Staff provide basic necessities, case management, housing, counseling, mentoring, and life skills training to youth, ages 13-21, attending over 100 high schools in 10 districts. These resources help ensure that students have the support necessary to stay in school, earn a diploma, and pursue a brighter future.
In 2017 Mayor Robert Uribe and the Douglas City Council established the first-ever City Youth Council. Council members are students enrolled in public, private, charter, virtual, and home schools, grades eight through 12, who reflect the diversity of the City’s youth. Members review problems facing youth, reach out to the community to collaboratively form potential solutions, and meet with the Mayor and City Council to discuss how to implement the strategies. Members also assist in planning youth and recreation activities in conjunction with the City of Douglas Recreation Department, Public Library, and Youth Activities Fund.
The City of Goodyear established this annual summit in 2009, convening a diverse cross-section of the community — from educators and school leaders to community partners and representatives from city departments — to discuss ideas and opportunities, and provide updates on programs and activities that impact, or have the potential to positively impact, youth. Since its inception, the program has increased the number of School Resource Officers and strengthened communications and relationships between key City departments and District leadership.
In 2017 Nogales launched a distinctive cross-border, afterschool youth development program, in conjunction with the U.S. Tennis Association Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County. The organization provides high-quality tennis instruction and a specialized digital academic curriculum, facilitated by bilingual educators in novel teaching spaces in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Lesson plans include STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, art, math); social-emotional learning; digital storytelling; and personal narrative, as well as collaborative projects and activities tailored to each site.