Career Ready Tempe helps prepare and develop income-eligible high school juniors and seniors for the workforce by connecting them to college and career readiness support and partnering with Tempe businesses to provide paid internships in high-demand fields. Career Ready Tempe is a collaboration between the City of Tempe Human Services Department, Economic Development Department, and the Tempe Chamber Foundation. The program is funded by City of Tempe Innovation Funds and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Career Readiness Lab Grant. The program is strategically designed to align with industry needs and the initiatives of Achieve65Tempe, the City’s goal of 65 percent of Tempe’s adult population attaining a postsecondary certification or degree by 2030.
This program focuses on early literacy skills and provides support to struggling students in partnership with the Tempe Elementary School District. Students in kindergarten through third grade who have tested below benchmark standards in reading for their grade level receive one-on-one tutoring from highly-trained, older adult volunteers twice a week during the school year. Tempe Experience Corps volunteers have helped more than 3,000 at-risk students reach grade-level reading benchmarks since the city’s program was established in 2006.
Mayor Nicholls’s vision to enhance accessibility to higher education culminates in plans for the Yuma Multiversity Campus (YMC). Mayor Nicholls serves as chairman of the YMC’s Governing Board, which includes multidisciplinary industry leaders from throughout the community who are working to develop a centralized campus in Yuma. The YMC will offer a full range of baccalaureate programs, utilizing the academic programs and specialties offered by the state universities and local community colleges.
This City-initiated, community collaborative, led by Mesa Public Schools, provides early learning opportunities for three- and four-year-old children and their parents. Funded through public and private contributions, the program serves about 200 participants each week. The goal is to increase the percentage of Mesa’s preschoolers engaged in quality early learning from 36 percent to the national average of 48 percent. Focused on cognitive development, social-emotional learning, and strong families, the program ensures seamless access to existing resources, enrichment activities, and fun activities at museums, parks, and libraries.
The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is a leadership opportunity where students learn about the community and have opportunities to contribute and give feedback to Town of Gilbert leaders. Participants are asked to volunteer in a variety of capacities as well as assist the Town Council in identifying and finding solutions to complex topics impacting all our residents.
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.