​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Youth and Education Office

​​​​​Smarter Summers. Brighter Futures. Read On Phoenix.

The Mission

The city of Phoenix goal is to build connections between city services, community resources, and public schools to ensure Phoenix students succeed in school, life and career. ​​ While the city of Phoenix does not deliver K-12 education services, the support it provides to students and families can make the difference between academic failure and success.

Youth and Education Commission

A primary duty of the Youth and Education Office is to staff the Youth and Education Commission which consists of community members dedicated to improving education in the Phoenix community. The commission provides policy guidance, develops educational initiatives, and identifies resources for school readiness, high school transition to post-secondary education, career readiness, and governs the education access channel.​

Find out more or apply to the Youth and Education Commission.



Contact the Youth and Education Office

Phone: 602-262-6941

TTY: 711

Email: mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov

Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington St., 12 floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003​

What's Going On



City of Phoenix Announces 2022 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Award Winners https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2344Education5/9/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2344/Photos_Edu_0014.jpgCity of Phoenix Announces 2022 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Award Winners <div class="ExternalClass98101234143F450B9108AD5A3971B998"><html> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">   ​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">O</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">n May 6, the City o</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">f Phoenix Youth and Education Office hosted the 2022 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader (OPYL) of the Year Awards at the Phoenix Country Club celebrating high school students for their outstanding achievements and positive contributions to society.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">   Sixteen students that live in Phoenix or attend Phoenix schools were selected from dozens of applicants as the 2022 OPYL of the year. Two students from each council district received $500 and were eligible to become the citywide winner. The two overall winners were awarded an additional $1,500. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">District Winners</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">*Citywide winners are in bold</strong> </span></p> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">District</strong> </span></td> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">Student Name</strong> </span></td> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">High School</strong> </span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">1<br style=""></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Aparna Chandrasekar</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">BASIS Peoria </span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">1<br style=""></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Maya Kozareva</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Barry Goldwater High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">2</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Alexander Kurz</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Paradise Valley High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">2</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Ella Garcia</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Barry Goldwater High School </span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">3</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Jack Miller</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">North Phoenix Preparatory Academy</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">3</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Moksha Dalal</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">BASIS Phoenix</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">4</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Nikhil Johnson</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">North High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">4</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Bridget Van Wie</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">St. Mary's Catholic High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">5</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Adrianna Garcia</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Trevor G. Browne</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">5</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">MaggieMae Dethlefsen</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Xavier College Preparatory</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">6</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Claira Chong</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Xavier College Preparatory</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">6</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Katie Ritchie</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Desert Vista High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">7</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Rosy Flores</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Bioscience High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">7</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">Karasi Colter</strong> </span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">Betty H. Fairfax High School</strong> </span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">8</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mimi Harris</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mountain Pointe High School</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">8</span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">Lauren Salaz</strong> </span></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">Betty H. Fairfax High School</strong> </span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">   Each student applied for the award by submitting a nomination form, essay, recommendation letter, and took part in selection interviews. ​<br style=""><br style=""></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style=""> </span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
City of Phoenix Becomes a Finalist for All-America City Awardhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2341Education5/5/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2341/Newsroom_Education_AACFinalist (1).pngCity of Phoenix Becomes a Finalist for All-America City Award<div class="ExternalClass38DC11F7282C4EBEAC1B22D985F95122"><html> <p>​​The City of Phoenix made learning a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. That critical decision-making is the reason the <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/" target="_blank">National Civic League​</a> and the <a href="https://gradelevelreading.net/" target="_blank">C​​​ampaign for Grade-Level Reading</a> has named the City of Phoenix as a finalist for the <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2022-finalists/" target="_blank">2022 All-America City Award​</a>. This year's theme is “Housing as a Platform to Promote Early School Success and Equita​ble Learning Recovery."</p> <p> <br>The City's dedication to improving digital equity and transforming non-school places and spaces into learning-rich environments secured Phoenix a spot on the coveted finalist list. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Phoenix committed to providing resources to community members in underinvested areas and public housing communities, and ensuring educational and digital needs were supported at a high level. <br><br>Through a variety of partnerships, the city distributed more than 12,000 laptops to 15 public school districts, many of which serve families in public housing communities. In addition, 1,600 tablets were distributed directly to families in public housing for at-home learning, and to seniors to assist them with telemedicine and more.<br><br>“We were confronted with a stark reality: only 31-percent of households in these communities had broadband access," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "We knew we could play a powerful role in helping students continue their studies despite difficult circumstances. By equipping them with the right tools and devices, we helped kids adjust to a challenging new at-home learning environment." <br><br>These efforts to mitigate the digital divide are built upon a strong foundation. In 2017, Phoenix was selected as a ConnectHome community through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a ConnectHome community, Phoenix has been working to connect families in public housing with affordable internet service, devices, and digital skills training. During the pandemic, the percentage of Phoenix students passing their third grade reading exam declined to 25 percent, which is the lowest score in seven years. In response to declining literacy rates during the pandemic, Phoenix accelerated efforts to ensure students remained connected to essential education resources. These efforts, including equipping Read On Phoenix tutors with devices and digital skills to allow them to continue working with students, earned Phoenix recognition as a Bright Spot Community by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2020. <br><br>"The City of Phoenix takes pride in serving its residents. I am proud of our employees and their dedication to assisting Phoenix families during the pandemic," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Transitioning to an online learning environment had its difficulties, but City staff made it possible for residents to receive the tools needed to aid Phoenix students in being successful."<br><br>The winners of the 2022 All-America City Award will be announced during a virtual event July 18-22, in conjunction with Grade Level Reading week. <br><br>Phoenix has been honored with the All-America City designation five times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989 and 2009.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
Phoenix Residents Needed to Respond to Literacy Crisishttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2295Education3/30/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2295/Photo 1.jpgPhoenix Residents Needed to Respond to Literacy Crisis<div class="ExternalClass2211156D8FE14E6B8788257B742B9EAE"><html> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">During the p</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">andemic, the number of Phoenix students passing their third grade reading assessment declined to 25 percent –the lowest score in seven years. Approximately 13,000 Phoenix third graders are not reading at grade level. The pandemic has led to a “COVID-19 slide" learning loss, further widening the gap between student achievement and grade level standards in literacy, particularly in low-income communities. </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Experience Corps Phoenix in partnership with AARP Foundation ​Experience Corps ​trains volunteer tutors aged 50 and older to help children become proficient readers by the time they finish third grade. The program taps into the experience and passion of older Arizonians to ensure that every child has a chance to succeed in school and in life. And it's working. Ninety-seven percent of the students who receive one-to-one coaching with the City of Phoenix AARP Foundation Experience Corps Phoenix have shown gains in critical literacy skills.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">In 2019, 114 volunteers served in 13 local Phoenix schools. But we need more. To learn about volunteering with the City of Phoenix AARP Foundation Experience Corps program, residents are encouraged to sign up for one of these upcoming virtual information sessions. All sessions are on  on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the following dates: April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 7 and 21, as well as October 5 and 26.  Please visit </span><a target="_blank" href="/education/experience"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">phoenix.gov/education/experience</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> or email </span><a target="_blank" href="mailto:ecphx@phoenix.gov"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">ecphx@phoenix.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> for more information. </span>​<br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation


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