GRC-U is an opportunity for young adults to give back to their communities while gaining experience that prepares them for the workforce. Participants volunteer in various capacities in order to experience a well-rounded breadth of knowledge and capabilities. In addition to earning volunteer hours, participants engage in career readiness workshops. This program enables young adults to gain experience before entering the workforce and/or applying to college.
The Youth Commission is a unique opportunity for teens to experience how a local government operates. Participants develop leadership skills through engagement with city officials and departments. The format helps students to express their voices on a variety of youth-related issues such as recreation opportunities, special events, and youth programming. The Youth Commission meets monthly and is open to entering and current high school students in Goodyear.
The Town will continue our Fountain Hills Cares Series with “Social Media and Mental Health Issues,” featuring experts on how social media platforms affect youth and how parents can stay in touch with their children. According to the Pew Research Center, 81% of American teens use social media, putting a large population at an increased risk of feeling anxious, depressed, or ill over social media use, thus affecting all aspects of their lives. Partners for this event include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Salt River Schools.
Triple P — a highly effective parenting program — provides free classes to Tempe residents facilitated by accredited practitioners. Classes help parents develop the skills needed to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships. The program also helps parents prevent and manage misbehavior. Parents may customize the program to meet their needs by choosing from options such as one-time discussion groups, short series seminars, in-depth group courses, and individual sessions.
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.