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



A+ for 'Back 2 School' Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2828Education8/4/2023 8:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2828/Newsroom_YE_001.jpgA+ for 'Back 2 School' Event<div class="ExternalClass2545E302B1B440469F800660881508D5"><html> <div>​The Youth and Education Office teamed up with their Family Resource Centers to host its first ever Back 2 School event and health fair! Nearly 100 families attended this one-stop-shop health and school supply event, which was in collaboration with Back 2 School America and First Things First, helping make sure families and students were ready for the new school year. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Health screenings included general vitals, hearing, vision, speech, and child vaccines. More than 300 books were handed out thanks to the ‘Book Rich Environment’ program by the National Book Foundation, and 227 children received backpacks donated by the Office of Mayor Kate Gallego and Valley of the Sun United Way, as well as school supplies provided by Back 2 School America. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>A special thanks goes out to Phoenix Fire Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Housing Department​​, and Head Start.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This event could not have happened without the support and collaboration of community partners, to include Molina Healthcare, Child Crisis Arizona, Advance Partnering for Health Communities, Make Way for Books, Adelante Healthcare, Monarca, Eyes On Learning, Arizona Burn Foundation, Valle del Sol, PBS KIDS, Rising Families, A.T. Still University, and the National Book Foundation.</div> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p> <br> <br> </p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
City of Phoenix Announces 2023 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Award Winnershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2744Education5/8/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2744/Outstanding_PHX_Youth_Leader_2023_101.jpgCity of Phoenix Announces 2023 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Award Winners<div class="ExternalClassB0BDB90E4B4746C99B7D2CA01E56ADA2"><html> <p>​</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>On Friday, May 5, the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office hosted the 2023 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.</p> <p>Sixteen students that live in Phoenix or attend Phoenix schools were selected from dozens of applicants as the 2023 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.</p> <p> <strong>District Winners</strong> </p> <p> <strong>*Citywide winners are in bold</strong> </p> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>District</strong> </td> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Student Name</strong> </td> <td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>High School</strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">1</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pravneet Chadha</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mountain Ridge High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">1</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Brendan Salisbury</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Barry Goldwater High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">2</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alok Shah</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pinnacle High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">2</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paige Hill</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pinnacle High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">3</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Samuel Benavidez</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">North Phoenix Preparatory Academy</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">3</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Lucas Hernandez</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Sunnyslope High School</strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">4</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Abigail Pearson</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Xavier College Preparatory</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">4</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sonya Colattur</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Xavier College Preparatory</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Jaime Lauriano</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Independence High School</strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Victoria Vences Mendez</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Trevor G. Browne High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">6</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sanya Somani</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Phoenix Country Day School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">6</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Catherine Dunn</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Chaparral High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">7</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spencer Harrison</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Maricopa Institute of Technology</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">7<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Natalie Parra Miguel</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Metropolitan Arts Institute </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">8</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hannah Salaz</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Betty H. Fairfax</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">8</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Viviana York</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Phoenix Coding Academy</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Each student applied for the award by submitting a nomination form, essay, recommendation letter, and took part in selection interviews.​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
Phoenix Teens Can Now Apply to Earn Cash Awards for Outstanding Leadership https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2585Education12/5/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2585/Photo_EDU_2022_Outstanding_Phoenix_Youth_Leaders_1120.jpgPhoenix Teens Can Now Apply to Earn Cash Awards for Outstanding Leadership <div class="ExternalClassD0A202AF2202438FAFA40C9A87832D78"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is now accepting applications for the 2023 </span><a target="_blank" href="/education/outstanding-youth-leader" style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;">Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> awards.</span></p> <p>The awards recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of young people, enhance the perception of youth and raise community awareness of their positive contributions.</p> <p>“The Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader Award has long lasting impacts. Knowing that the money awarded to these amazing teens allows them to further their education and continue to make a difference is why this program is so essential to Phoenix youth," said Youth and Education Director Tim Valencia. </p> <p>“The award helped me pay for my first year of college. To me, this award meant a tremendous accomplishment. It showcased my dedication to my hometown/community through service and leadership" said 2017 overall district winner, Ameerah Battle. She was awarded a total of $2,000 for her leadership in her community. Since then, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and is now pursuing her master's in public health to become a physician and work in health policy. “It allowed me to chase my dreams of graduating from Howard University, become a Fulbright Scholar, and pursue my master's in public health at Brown University. This award was a steppingstone to strive and continue for greatness. I am forever grateful." </p> <p>The program is open to any students currently enrolled in high school in Phoenix or who live within Phoenix city limits. Here's how it works:</p> <ul> <li>Two students will be selected as winners from each City Council district and receive an award of $500.</li> <li>In addition, each district-level winner will be eligible for an additional $1,500 award if they are selected as the citywide winners.</li> </ul> <p>Students interested in applying will need to write an essay and submit a recommendation letter and proof of legal residence in the United States. Finalists will be interviewed by members of the community. District award winners will be invited to a luncheon sponsored by Rotary 100 and Salt River Project (SRP) where the citywide award winners will be announced.</p> <p>Eligible students can apply <a target="_blank" href="/education/outstanding-youth-leader">online</a> before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation


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