Yassamin Ansari Elected the 2023 Phoenix City Council Vice Mayorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2618City Council District 71/4/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2618/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgYassamin Ansari Elected the 2023 Phoenix City Council Vice Mayor<div class="ExternalClassA79F933422D1481BB48C58198DCF93DB"><html> <div>Phoenix City Council elected District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari as Vice Mayor at the January 4, 2023, Formal Council Meeting. She will serve in the position for one year.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“I want to thank Councilwoman Stark and outgoing Vice Mayor Pastor for their nomination and support. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix is facing a multitude of crises. We need to address homelessness, an affordable housing shortage, dangerous air quality, hiring and retention across our departments, from police to public works, with the urgency it demands. As Vice Mayor, I’m committed to working with all of my colleagues to prioritize these issues and make 2023 our most productive year yet.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>We also have innovative and exciting projects on the horizon: we’re updating our climate action plan, the Super Bowl is coming to town, and a historic $500 million General Obligation Bond will be heading to Phoenix voters. Every corner of our city is set to see new investments in their neighborhoods.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>We have tough but important work ahead of us. And I’m excited to continue advocating for responsible and sustainable growth that better serves all who call Phoenix home,” said Vice Mayor Ansari.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Ansari was sworn in as the District 7 Phoenix City Councilwoman in March of 2021. Her priorities include: expanding affordable housing, keeping neighborhoods safe, bringing in high-quality jobs, and ensuring clean air and water are accessible to all.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>About Vice Mayor Ansari:</strong> </div> <div>Yassamin Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. She represents one of the most diverse districts in the fifth-largest and fastest-growing city in the United States.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Since elected, she has enacted policies around transportation electrification, led the charge to pass Phoenix’s first Climate Action Plan, secured over $100 million in new investments to combat homelessness and passed a Roadway Safety Action Plan with a vision towards zero traffic related deaths.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>She is hyper focused on building a more sustainable and equitable city where everyone can afford to live and thrive.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Prior to serving in elected office, Ansari worked as a senior policy advisor on the climate action teams of both U.N. Secretaries General Ban Ki-Moon and Antonio Guterres, as well as principal advisor to former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres at Mission 2020.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Phoenix Commits to 100% Zero-Emission Bus Fleet by 2040https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2600City Council District 712/14/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2600/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgPhoenix Commits to 100% Zero-Emission Bus Fleet by 2040<div class="ExternalClass8D9203E0DFC248A1A91F01EFC925C5CC"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <em>​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">City Council also approves wage increases for bus drivers and purchase of first electric buses</span></em> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <em> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </em> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Phoenix, Arizona —</strong> Today, Phoenix City Council voted 8-0 to transition 100% of the city’s bus fleet to zero-emission models by 2040. Phase 1 of this transition plan includes a moratorium on purchasing compressed natural gas (CNG) buses after 2024, thereafter purchasing only low- and zero-emission buses, including hybrid-electric, battery-electric, and fuel-cell-electric buses.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This comes almost a year after City Council unanimously approved a $150 million request for proposals (RFP) for low- and zero-emission buses and put significant limits on a contract for (CNG) buses.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Today's votes show just how far we’ve come as a city in the past year when it comes to clean transportation. A year ago, council was presented with a contract that did not even consider low- or zero-emission options. Today, we passed one of the strongest zero emission transition plans in the country,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, who led efforts with Phoenix Public Transit to pass this significant policy.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This transition plan coincides with the City’s 2021 Climate Action Plan and 2022 Transportation Electrification Action Plan, both of which have goals around a more sustainable transportation system and improving air quality. Consumer advocates have also highlighted the long-term cost savings of an all-electric fleet.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Over the last several years, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) has released a series of reports noting the financial, air quality, and public health benefits of shifting to electric buses. Diane E. Brown, Executive Director of Arizona PIRG, stated, “Phoenix taxpayers will benefit by the City’s adoption and implementation of a plan to transition to a cleaner transit system. Cleaner buses have lower lifetime maintenance and operating costs, and having a transition plan opens the door for more federal funds. Phoenix residents and visitors will also benefit by improved air quality and public health.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Also approved on Wednesday was a cooperative contract with the State of Washington to purchase low- and zero-emission buses and a raise for the city’s bus drivers, mechanics, and operators.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“When looking forward to a zero-emission transportation system, it’s important that residents are excited to utilize it. Reliability, frequency, and safety also need to be priorities.” Ansari added. “We need more drivers in order to provide that guarantee. That is why Councilwoman Guardado and I requested quick action to raise wages and Vice Mayor Pastor led efforts at Valley Metro – so that we can recruit and retain a talented workforce by paying them a fair wage.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">###</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">ABOUT COUNCILWOMAN YASSAMIN ANSARI</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. Phoenix is the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the United States. Ansari is determined to build sustainable, equitable communities that serve future generations.</span> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari Hosts Inaugural Jolly Jamboree at Maurice C. Cash Elementary on Dec. 15https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2589City Council District 712/7/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2589/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari Hosts Inaugural Jolly Jamboree at Maurice C. Cash Elementary on Dec. 15<div class="ExternalClass85EE5DA313EC454180E2AE1322F91E43"><html> <p>​<br></p> <div style="text-align:center;"> <em>A Holiday Festival & Resource Fair Featuring Free Food, Music, Toys and Access to Job Opportunities</em> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <em> <br> </em> </div> <div>It’s the season of giving, and in order to unite and empower communities across District 7, Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari is hosting the inaugural Jolly Jamboree on Dec. 15, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. This holiday festival will feature a resource fair focused on health, jobs and housing – connecting residents to a multitude of resources and services that the City of Phoenix and local partner organizations have to offer.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We know the holidays add additional pressure on parents and caretakers, so I partnered with local labor unions, businesses, and non-profit partners to give back to our young ones in District 7,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “From hands-on support to navigate city hiring processes to free mental health resources, I want to ensure my residents have access to every critical city service we’ve recently invested in” she added.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Our presenting sponsor, IDM Cares, is integral in ensuring we serve both kids and adults in a way that’s fun, collaborative and encourages future activation in the surrounding neighborhood.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“As we head into the holiday season, we cherish the opportunity to give back to the community and join them in celebration. We are honored to be a part of this remarkable community,” said IDM Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gordon.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Additional Jolly Jamboree Details</strong> </div> <div> <strong>Food & Drink:</strong> Frybread Fanatics will have frybread and Tropical Sno will be offering hot chocolate.</div> <div> <strong>What You’ll Enjoy: </strong>Photos with Santa, Food Trucks, Bouncy Houses, Live Music, gift card and toy giveaways, facepainting and so much more! <br></div> <div> <strong>Who You’ll Be Able to Talk To: </strong> </div> <div> <ul> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Human Services Department with information on rent and utility assistance.</span> </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Community and Economic Development Department will have their Mobile Career Unit and information on job opportunities throughout the City of Phoenix and the ARIZONA WORKS program. We’ll also have staff from the City of Phoenix departments including public transit and public work, among others.</span> </li> <li>Local health care providers such as Mountain Park Health Care and Mercy Care will also be present at the event to provide information on mental health resources accessible to community members, and information on preventative healthcare.</li> </ul> <strong></strong> </div> <div> <strong>Inaugural D7 Jolly Jamboree</strong> </div> <div> <strong>What: </strong>A holiday festival and resource fair focused on connecting residents to a multitude of City of Phoenix resources and services.</div> <div> <strong>Who:</strong> Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari – District 7 and IDM</div> <div> <strong>When:</strong> December 15, 2022 | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.</div> <div> <strong>Where:</strong> Maurice C Cash Elementary School (Gym and Courtyard) - 3851 W Roeser Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041</div> <div> <strong>RSVP Link:</strong> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/councilwoman-yassamin-ansaris-inaugural-jolly-jamboree-tickets-471234754837</div> <div> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Maria Lopez, District 7 Chief of Staff, 623-703-6830 </div> <div><div style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/district7site/MediaAssets/12.15%20Jolly%20Jamboree.png" style="margin:5px;width:501px;" /> </div> </div> <div> <strong>ABOUT COUNCILWOMAN YASSAMIN ANSARI</strong> </div> <div>Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. Phoenix is the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the United States. Ansari is determined to build sustainable, equitable communities that serve future generations.</div> <div> <br> <br> </div> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari to Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2558City Council District 711/7/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2558/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari to Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt <div class="ExternalClass1FA45D1858A5406D8A4CFE8C0868BB95"><html> <div> <strong>​Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt —</strong> One year after attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari will be traveling to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt as the sole representative of the City of Phoenix as part of the U.S. Department of State delegation. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Since her inauguration on April 19, 2021, Ansari has led on the passage of Phoenix’s Climate Action Plan, chaired the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Electric Vehicles, and unanimously passed the city’s Transportation Electrification Action Plan (TEAP). During that time, Phoenix also established the world’s first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, hired the city’s first Public Health Advisor, and unanimously approved a $150 million request for proposals for zero-emission buses. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Ansari will be speaking on these accomplishments on behalf of the city while attending COP27. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“As one of the largest desert cities in the world on the front lines of extreme heat and drought, we need to set an example on how we address these crises, share our successes, and speak directly with other cities and governments to learn more about what has worked in their countries,” said Ansari. </div> <div>Meeting with government leaders is not Ansari’s only goal for her trip. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“COP27 will not only bring governments together, but also NGOs, corporate and industry leaders, and activists. I am working with Phoenix’s Community and Economic Development office to set up meetings with executives in the industries of clean energy, public health, and innovation and invite them to bring their high-paying, green jobs to Phoenix.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>She will be participating in panel discussions on the topics of climate migration, the nexus of extreme heat and homelessness, and water scarcity. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>What:</strong> The 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly known as the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) </div> <div> <strong>Who:</strong> Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari </div> <div> <strong>When:</strong> November 11-18, 2022 <br></div> <div> <strong>Where:</strong> Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt </div> <div> <strong>Information Link:</strong> <a href="https://cop27.eg/#/%20%20" target="_blank">https://cop27.eg/#/  </a><br></div> <div> <strong>Media Contact: </strong>Maria Lopez, District 7 Chief of Staff, 623-703-6830<br> </div> <div><br></div><div>### <br><br></div> <div>ABOUT COUNCILWOMAN YASSAMIN ANSARI <br></div> <div>Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. Phoenix is the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the United States. Ansari is determined to build sustainable, equitable communities that serve future generations. <br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari's Statement on Private Security Contract for Phoenix Parkshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2551City Council District 711/3/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2551/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari's Statement on Private Security Contract for Phoenix Parks<div class="ExternalClassF1015D694D7B4FC69AB41CE02F2F6E9A"><html> <div>"Today, I voted no on an $800,000 contract to outsource private security for parks. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>I want to make something very clear: safety at our parks is a critical issue we have to address and it is a top priority for me – but this proposal does not do that. And frankly, it’s a fake blanket of security some councilmembers are trying to sell to our residents.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Private security cannot cite anyone — they have no authority and all they can do is call police. Our park rangers are well trained professionals, they have the power to cite and enforce trespassing laws (and quickly call police), and we must invest in them. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Starting hourly rate for a park ranger is $15.91 after pension deductions — this is abysmal. Instead of privatizing and outsourcing core city functions, we need to increase wages and hire people who are accountable to our city and can deliver the services our residents deserve.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This proposal was rushed and it was fiscally irresponsible to move forward with it. I look forward to more robust conversations in both the Public Safety and the Community and Cultural Investment subcommittees to propose more thoughtful solutions that will genuinely enhance the safety of our parks and communities."<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Media Contact: </strong>Maria Lopez, District 7 Chief of Staff, 623-703-6830<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari, Mercy Care Present the 2nd Annual Pride on the Block on Oct. 23, 2022 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2498City Council District 79/28/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2498/Newsroom_Council_News_07-3.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari, Mercy Care Present the 2nd Annual Pride on the Block on Oct. 23, 2022 <div class="ExternalClass36ACC541BE304A1DA28FCF0FE3E7B9A7"><html> <p></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);margin-bottom:11px;"></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);margin-bottom:11px;">Join Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari and presenting sponsor Mercy Care for their second annual Pride on the Block, a LGBTQIA+ block party, taking place on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:00pm-8:00pm at Portland Parkway in Downtown Phoenix.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">Pride on the Block is a collaborative, hyper-local event started to support and spotlight our diverse queer communities.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">“After shameful attacks at the state level targeting our LGBTQIA+ youth and trans community, we’re making Pride on the Block bigger and brighter than ever to show Phoenix is a city that prides itself in being a welcoming place where anyone can thrive," said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">New elements you can look forward to this year: Rainbow Bike Ride hosted by Downtown Phoenix Inc, a Live and Silent Auction, runway contest and more. This year’s POTB will also be hosted by the LEGENDARY Barbra Seville and will have live music by DJ Lezbein.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">The event will feature drag performances, superstar LGBTQIA+ choir – Voices of the Desert, a live band, interactive activities, face painting, a resource fair and more. Pride on the Block will raise visibility for local LGBTQIA+ non-profits and organizations dedicated to offering critical resources such as quality healthcare, mental health resources, housing, advocacy and more.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">“Mercy Care provides a variety of services to the LGBTQIA+ community. We deliver access to behavioral health care including gender identity and gender dysphoria counseling and behavioral health services are available via 400 schools in Maricopa County. Our members have access to hormone replacement therapy and members living with HIV can get access to PrEP without prior authorization, which means they can get treatment right away. Supporting youth and adults in the LGBTQIA+ community is an important way that we help our members live their healthiest lives and achieve their full potential," said Blythe FitzHarris, Mercy Care chief clinical officer.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thank you to our Pride sponsors: Mercy Care, True North Studio, the Pemberton, Visit Phoenix, Valley Metro, Waymo and Walter Productions.​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Pride on the Block</strong> </p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>What:</strong> Hyper-local block party spotlighting local businesses, nonprofits and artists</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Who:</strong> Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari – District 7 and Mercy Care</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>When:</strong> October 23, 2022 | 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Where:</strong> Portland Parkway Park</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">10 West Portland Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (Central Avenue & Portland Street)</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>RSVP Link:</strong> <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-on-the-block-2022-tickets-400971024127" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-on-the-block-2022-tickets-400971024127">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-on-the-block-2022-tickets-400971024127</a></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Donation Link:</strong> <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.swcenter.org/donatetoday" href="http://www.swcenter.org/donatetoday">www.swcenter.org/donatetoday</a><br></p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Photo Link:</strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.213286244224947&type=3" target="_blank">Inaugural Pride ​on the Block</a><br></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong style="font-size:10pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Additional Pride on the Block Details:</span></strong><br></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);margin-bottom:11px;">*First 500 attendees will receive a free commemorative Pride on the Block reusable cup.</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);margin-bottom:11px;"><strong style="font-size:10pt;">Performing Drag Queens:</strong><span style="font-size:10pt;"> Kim Etiquette, Amaya Pickles, Aimee V Justice, Sir Nate, Frankie Fahrenheit, and more!</span></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Additional Entertainment:</strong> Voices of the Desert (an unconventional, theatrical LGBTQIA+ choir), a live rock band, Walters Where?House dancers, and more!</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Participating Businesses:</strong> Fez, Match Market & Bar, Valley Coffee Company, Fair Trade Café</p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>Food Trucks: </strong>Random AF, Flavors Plant-Based, What the Crepe, Lala’s Lemonades and Mocktails</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Resource Fair Featuring:</strong> Arizona State University, Aunt Rita’s, Can Community Health, Downtown Phoenix Inc, Dress for Success, GLSEN Arizona, Greater Phoenix Equality Chamber of Commerce, LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance, one•n•ten, One Community, PGFFL, Plumaje, Mercy Care, Southwest Center, Valley Metro, Visit Phoenix</p> <hr style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <strong>ABOUT COUNCILWOMAN YASSAMIN ANSARI</strong> <br>Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. Phoenix is the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the United States. Ansari is determined to build sustainable, equitable communities that serve future generations.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari Hosts First-ever Maryvale Unidoshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2468City Council District 79/2/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/DzZdunuLLA4Councilwoman Ansari Hosts First-ever Maryvale Unidos<div class="ExternalClass94E695126AA04E8AAC10D4C9EEB0CB27"><html> <p> ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Hundreds of kids and their families turned out to the Desert West Community Center for the first-ever Maryvale Unidos, hosted by District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. The free resource fair connected community members to City of Phoenix resources including Human Services, Neighborhood Services, Phoenix Fire, Street Transportation, and Parks & Recreation. “People really want these events, and want to know what resources we offer," said Councilwoman Ansari. “There are so many incredible programs that the City has and I just want to make sure that people know about them, and that again, they're offered in English and in Spanish, which is really important to our District 7 community." In addition to all the partners present, resource fair attendees were able to grab free dinner from El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, plus snag some backpacks filled with supplies, bus passes, fresh food bags, and more.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Videodistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Pastor, Councilwoman Ansari and Aliento Launch New Phoenix Promise Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2464City Council District 78/31/2022 11:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2464/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Pastor, Councilwoman Ansari and Aliento Launch New Phoenix Promise Program <div class="ExternalClassEB37E31D373C45BEAC6678E6F9840225"><html> <p> The Phoenix City Council today unanimously approved a contract with the Maricopa County Community College District Foundation to implement the Phoenix Promise Program, a tuition assistance program for eligible Phoenix residents attending Maricopa County Community College District schools. On June 7, 2022, City Council approved a budget of $5 million from the City's second allocation of ARPA funds to launch a tuition assistance program for two- and four-year degrees. The goal of the program is to support approximately 400 Phoenix residents who qualify for Arizona resident tuition and are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Maricopa Community College for a two- or four-year degree. </p> <p>“Long before I was councilwoman or vice mayor, education was fundamentally important to me,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor. “Having served in roles from teacher to school board member, I have a first-hand perspective on the importance of every person’s access to affordable education. I am thrilled to see our Phoenix City Council pass this Phoenix Promise Program – offering tuition assistance to Phoenix residents attending Maricopa County Community College District schools.” </p> <p>“As a daughter of immigrants who heavily emphasized access to education as a pathway to personal and generational resiliency, I want to equip every young person in my district with the opportunity to pursue any level of education that could benefit their future and our entire city,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “More importantly, I’m going to push for an aggressive outreach campaign that reaches young adults who might have lost that opportunity during the pandemic. With this major investment, Phoenix is showing we’re focused on proactively addressing inequalities in education attainment and building strong, sustainable pathways for economic vitality,” she added.​​​​​​</p> <p>Eligible individuals include those qualified for Federal Pell Grants or another acceptable income verified program. The Foundation will use a subcontractor to implement digital and in-person outreach campaigns to enroll students from underrepresented communities into the Phoenix Promise Program. The program will also provide student support stipends and wraparound academic support to boost enrollment and degree completion. This funding is anticipated to provide scholarships and stipends to eligible students starting in the Fall 2022 semester and concluding with the Spring 2025 semester.</p> <p>“I want to thank Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, and the Phoenix City Council for making a $5 million transformational investment for Phoenix students.  The Phoenix Promise Program will ensure that historically marginalized students have access to higher education without worrying about cost and wraparound support,” said Reyna Montoya, CEO & Founder of Aliento Education Fund. ​​​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari



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