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.
Each summer for one week, the Goodyear Police Department hosts its annual Teen Police Academy for high school students, ages 14 to 18. The Academy provides an inside look at law enforcement and is geared toward teens with an interest in criminal justice. Training is conducted by members of the Goodyear Police Department. Several topics are addressed during the four-day academy, including: processing mock crime scenes, firearms safety, criminal street gangs, drug awareness, K9, and SWAT/SAU.
The Fire Cadet mentoring program is committed to partnering with volunteers to meet the needs of the department and community. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license. During the program cadets complete EMT certification, work 18 hours/month (10 ride-along and 8 service), and attend monthly hands-on drill sessions with mentors.
- Experience real life fire fighter shift work
- Assist with patient care
- Hands-on training in firefighting skills, Haz-Mat, Ladder Operations, and EMS
- Job testing skills (interviews, application/resume review, firefighter philosophy, etc.)
The council provides leadership opportunities for students to learn about the community and become involved in projects and initiatives in the Town of Superior.
Steps 2 Success helps students obtain their high school diplomas from Gilbert Public Schools Alternative High School campus — Canyon Valley School. Teachers personalize education to meet the unique needs of the Town’s diverse students. Through individualized relationships, small class sizes, flexible schedules, and accelerated courses, Canyon Valley educators assist students in achieving their own success. Promoting self-worth, goal-setting, job readiness, and lifelong learning is at the core of the Steps 2 Success mission.
The Steps to Success Initiative is a partnership between Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Office of the Mayor to seek out and retrieve students who have dropped out of Tucson Unified School District. Through home visits, this partnership has allowed educational staff, city officials, and community members to visit with students and their families and encourage them to return and complete their high school education.