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.
Driven by the philosophy that all students may achieve their postsecondary ambitions, the City of Mesa, Mesa Community College, and Mesa Public Schools formed the Mesa Counts on College partnership to ensure that low-income students are aware of postsecondary options, and then support them with follow-through to enroll, persist, and attain degrees.
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.
College Connect Tempe is a community collaboration designed to increase access to postsecondary opportunities. This free workshop series enlists mentors who provide resources, financial guidance, and support for low-income and first-generation students at critical points in the college application and admissions process.
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.