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

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 2024 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leaderof the Year Award Winnershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/3096Education5/9/2024 8:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3096/OYPL2024.jpgCity of Phoenix Announces 2024 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leaderof the Year Award Winners<div class="ExternalClassB3B3175D47DB4AF28705B0D14B85C97E"><html> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-family:Calibri;">​The Youth and Education Office hosted the 2024 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader (OPYL) Awards on May 3, at the Phoenix Country Club. This annual event celebrates high school students who have gone above and beyond to serve their community and make a positive impact on society.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">This year 16 students, who either live in Phoenix or attend Phoenix schools, received an award certificate, $1,000 cash prize, and recognized for their community service. Two overall citywide winners were awarded an additional $2,000 and received special recognition for their exceptional commitment to serve the community. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Students apply for the award by submitting a nomination form, essay, recommendation letter, and participate in an interview panel. For those interested in future opportunities to be considered for this award, please email the Youth and Education Office at </span><a href="mailto:mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">.</span> </span></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"> <strong>1</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Brendan Salisbury</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Barry Goldwater High School</strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elena Murrietta</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sandra Day O'Connor High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">2</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eeshaan Varshith Malladi</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paradise Valley High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">2</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Joelle Wecklein</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pinnacle High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">3</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sophia Henao-Piña</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sunnyslope High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">4</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Riya Mehta</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Xavier College Preparatory</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">4</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Maryam Al Qaderi</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Xavier College Preparatory</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lilly Vera</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Apollo High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Vivianna Salais</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> Asu Preparatory Academy</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>6</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>Sneha Jiju</strong> </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>BASIS Ahwatukee</strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">6</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cailinn Allen</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mountain Pointe High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">7</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor Price</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bioscience High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">7<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Charles Mada</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Betty H. Fairfax High School </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">8</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Arionna Smith</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bioscience High School</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">8</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Iris Sihashath</td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paragon Science Academy</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> Honorable Winner<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sarah Bendok </td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">Phoenix Country Day School​<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
Outstanding Youth Leadership Award Application Now Openhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2962Education1/2/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2962/Photo_EDU_Outstanding-Youth-Leader-Awards__5-5-23_087.jpgOutstanding Youth Leadership Award Application Now Open<div class="ExternalClass1DA3E2CC52C04D4E87E9B1609026AFEE"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Are you a high school student striving to make a difference in the community? Or do you know a high school student who goes above and beyond in community service? The City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is now accepting applications for the 2024 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year awards.</span></p> <p>This special awards ceremony recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of young people, enhancing the perception of youth and raising community awareness of their positive contributions.</p> <p> “The Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader Award has long- lasting impact," says Youth and Education director Tim Valencia. “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."</p> <p>Each year, 2 high school students from each of the City's eight Council districts are selected as winners and recognized, along with the teacher who inspired them the most, at an event where each student receives a $500 prize! From those district winners, 2 “overall/city-wide" winners are selected and will be awarded an additional $1,500 (for a total of $2,000 each), along with a scholarship to attend Anytown Leadership Camp (a $600 value) in Prescott, AZ.</p> <p> “The award helped me pay for my first year of college," says Ameerah Battle, a previous top prize award recipient. “To me, this award meant a tremendous accomplishment. It showcased my dedication to my hometown and community through service and leadership."</p> <p>Here's how it works:<br></p> <ul> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The program is open to any student currently enrolled in high school in Phoenix or who lives within Phoenix city limits.</span></li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Students interested in applying will need to write an essay and submit a recommendation letter and proof of U.S. legal residency.</span> </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Finalists will be interviewed by members of the community.</span> </li> </ul> <p></p> <p>Winners from each council district, and the citywide Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leaders of the Year, will be recognized at a luncheon sponsored by Rotary 100 and Salt River Project (SRP), as well as in City publicity materials. District winners will also have an opportunity to participate in future citywide programs and special appearances to promote community initiatives.</p> <p>The application closes Friday, February 23, 2024. </p> <p>For more information, visit: <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a href="/education/outstanding-youth-leader" target="_blank">Outstanding Youth(phoenix​.gov)</a>​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducation
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


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