​​​​​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: 602-256-3248
Email: mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov

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

What's Going On



Deadline Extended for Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/246Education2/25/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/246/Newsrooom_Eduaction_004.jpgDeadline Extended for Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year Program<div class="ExternalClass57C33B0A4BE040CDB1C0D7A7EEACD099"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is now accepting applications for the 2021 Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman (OYMYW) of the Year awards.  </p><p>The OYMYW of the Year program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of young people, enhances the perception of youth and raises community awareness of the positive contributions of youth.This awards program is open to any students currently enrolled in high school in Phoenix or live within Phoenix city limits. Here's how it works:</p><ul><li>One young man and one young woman 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, 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 or virtual program sponsored by Rotary 100, Arizona Public Service (APS), and Salt River Project (SRP) where the citywide award winners will be announced.</p><p>Eligible students can apply through the online application form located at <a target="_blank" href="/education/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/education</span></a> before 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZpJcpArJQI&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank"><strong>Video: PHXTV Virtual Reporting </strong></a></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
Phoenix Distributes Thousands of Laptops to Local Schoolshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/1715Education1/20/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1715/Newsroom_Education_013.jpgPhoenix Distributes Thousands of Laptops to Local Schools<div class="ExternalClass44A6C10A341A40788A6D64D862FAA45C"><html> <p>To keep students connected and ready for distance learning, the city of Phoenix and School Connect have partnered to provide internet-enabled laptops to assist local schools in closing the technology gap. </p> <p>"The digital divide has only been amplified by the current COVID-19 crisis. It is more crucial than ever to provide our students, families and educators with the tools they need to continue learning, despite interruptions to traditional in-person schooling," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "With the distribution of approximately 10,000 devices, I'm proud the city has stepped up to make distanced learning more manageable, accessible and equitable."</p> <p>As the pandemic continues, the digital divide has become even more challenging for local school districts. One issue is that devices and laptops are often returned to schools damaged. The laptops provided by this partnership will help schools achieve and maintain a 1:1 student-to-device ratio for grades K-12. </p> <p>"School Connect and Scottsdale Bible Church are grateful to partner with the city to make it possible for students to have equitable access to online resources," said Tracey Beal, Executive Director, School Connect. "Every laptop purchased will enable the students to achieve academic success using the technology they need."  </p> <p>The Phoenix City Council approved $2 million in CARES Act funding and School Connect received a $1 million donation from Scottsdale Bible Church to purchase the devices. The laptops will become the property of the school districts who will be responsible for creating guidelines for issuing, maintaining and monitoring the student devices. </p> <p>Phoenix has implemented a variety of measures to help address the local digital divide, from providing <a href="/newsroom/housing/1406" target="_blank"><span lang="EN">devices to families and seniors</span></a> in local housing facilities to expanding <a href="/newsroom/information-technology-services/1551" target="_blank"><span lang="EN">mobile Wi-Fi access</span></a> in the community. <br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​PHXTV Classroom | City of Phoenix Distributes Personal Protective Equipment to Schoolshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/1534Education9/25/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/xtdvedWjPJc​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​PHXTV Classroom | City of Phoenix Distributes Personal Protective Equipment to Schools<div class="ExternalClassC7A8A661BA4E4BECB504F64FF6242363"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>More than one million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (#PPE ) have been ordered to help #Phoenix #schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Cloth masks with clear windows for visible expressions were a priority for teachers who have students with hearing impairments, a disability, learning English as a second language, or learning to read. </p> <p>Regular cloth masks were also ordered to allow for continued use throughout the school year. As Phoenix school districts begin to transition to in-class instruction, the city understands the importance each school is placing on the health and safety of their students, staff, and educators.  School districts will be receiving supplies to distribute to schools.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideoeducation


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