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/educationNewseducationEducation
Applications Open for Partner With a Principal Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2436Education8/5/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/qef0h3DIgJIApplications Open for Partner With a Principal Program<div class="ExternalClassD7259CFFD8184EC6B2C91F23334F529B"><html> <p></p> <p>Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program. During the weeks of Sept. 19 through Oct. 14, local corporate executives and community leaders will work alongside Phoenix public, charter and private school principals to actively participate in the school's administration for one day. </p> <p>After experiencing the life of a school principal for a day, the principals and their executive counterparts will discuss how local businesses, community leaders and schools can form lasting partnerships to improve the quality of education, workplace readiness and leadership development programs in Phoenix.<br></p> <p>Last year, 29 businesses partnered with 10 Phoenix school districts and three charter schools. Local businesses invested in Phoenix schools and provided resources to students such as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) opportunities. <br></p> <p>Those interested in participating in the Partner with a Principal program, can register online at <a href="/education" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/education</a>. Applications open on Aug. 8 and the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 2. All participants must attend a virtual information session also on Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. ​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideoeducationEducation
Phoenix Named an All-America City 2022 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2421Education7/22/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2421/03.24.21 Tablet distibution at Aeroterra.JPGPhoenix Named an All-America City 2022 <div class="ExternalClass0565F123DC5B4F77B15567AD45285F54"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named the City of Phoenix as a ​winner of the 2022 All-America City Award (AAC). This year's theme was, “Housing as a Platform to Promote Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery." <br><br>The City's commitment to improving digital equity and collaborating with Phoenix residents in underinvested areas and public housing communities landed the City a winning spot. Phoenix was one of 20 finalist cities across the nation and is one of 10 communities to be recognized this year. <br><br>“COVID-19 caused a profound shift in traditional learning. As students transitioned to an online learning environment, we knew too many families were missing the basic tools needed to navigate this new way of learning," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “City staff put forth a tremendous effort to close this digital divide, especially for our most vulnerable kids. I'm proud of what we've accomplished, and equally proud the City of Phoenix has been honored with the All-America City Award for the sixth time." <br><br>During the pandemic, the City mobilized community partnerships to distribute more than 12,000 laptops to 15 school districts in underserved areas within public housing communities. Additionally, the City provided 1,600 tablets and Wi-Fi connectivity to families and seniors for at-home learning, telemedicine and more. <br><br>Providing digital devices was one of many steps the City took to support its residents. As the literacy rate for Phoenix students passing the third grade reading assessment declined to 25%, Phoenix co-created literacy and tutoring programs with students, parents and educators to reverse the trend.<br><br>“As someone who grew up in public housing during my childhood, I understand the impact these programs have on our residents. It takes a village to aid in the success of our youth and I am proud to lead a city that takes initiative to make a positive impact on its residents," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Congratulations, Phoenix, on a well-deserved win!"<br> <br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">​The City of Phoenix is one of the most honored cities in the Country, winning the All-America City designation six times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989, 2009 and 2022.<div style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></div><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">###</span><br></div></div><div style="text-align:center;"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>About the National Civic League​ </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The National Civic League advances inclusive civic engagement through our community assistance programs, including tools, trainings and facilitation services, our award and recognition programs, and nationally recognized research and publications. We promote efforts that seek to listen to, and to learn from residents in ongoing conversations and leverage those insights to help reshape communities so they will thrive.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The All-America City Award is made possible through the support of Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CGI Digital, MissionSquare Retirement, HealthONE, and Womble Bond Dickinson.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/america-city-award/" target="_blank">Click here to learn more about the National Civic League's All-America City Awards.</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty and ensure more hopeful futures for children of economically challenged, fragile and otherwise marginalized communities. We support community-driven initiatives to improve the likelihood that these children will grasp the first rung of the success sequence ladder – graduation from high school. Since its launch in 2012, the GLR Communities Network has grown to include more than 350 communities, representing 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two Canadian provinces — sponsored by 5,200+ local organizations, institutions and agencies and supported by 500+ state and local funders, including 200+ United Ways.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://gradelevelreading.net/" target="_blank">Learn more about the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading</a><br></p><br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationEducation
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/educationNewseducationEducation
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/educationNewseducationEducation
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="ExternalClass75D562003E444784BCCE4B285D418647"><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, as well as Aug. 10 and 24.  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/educationNewseducationEducation
Virtual Workshop Offers Tips for Applying for Annual Award https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2210Education1/24/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2210/Newsroom_Education_004.jpgVirtual Workshop Offers Tips for Applying for Annual Award <div class="ExternalClass5E5C72F204DE44B5A2DAA3E75B0A4071"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to host a virtual workshop providing Phoenix high school students with information on the 2022 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year awards.</span></p> <p>Alberto Olivas, Executive Director of the ASU Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service, will facilitate the workshop offering insight on securing a letter of recommendation and writing a personal statement.</p> <p>The Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year program recognizes the outstanding achievements of high school students. Two award recipients will be selected from each city council district to receive $500.  In addition, each district-level winner will be eligible to receive an additional $1,500 award.</p> <p>Eligible students can apply <a target="_blank" href="/education/outstanding-youth-leader/award-application">online</a> before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. </p> <p>Students can join the virtual workshop on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. on the city of Phoenix <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/j.php?MTID=m7d042c356b4801ba5aa3cfeaf6d84f48">Education page</a>. Registration is not required. A recorded copy of the event will also be available on the city of Phoenix <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofphoenixaz/videos">YouTube</a> page. <br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationEducation
Get the Money You Need for College by Texting Benjihttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2176Education12/20/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/GXGNvYvC8KUGet the Money You Need for College by Texting Benji<div class="ExternalClassF89A1D45731A46DA80D720CE005472CA"><html> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYBsVoXjpkE&list=PL22YB12L5NbRm3VtTXnq10fjX8mgC4UKJ&index=5"><strong>Watch Bilingual Video</strong></a></p><p>Did you know that answers to your questions about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are only a text message away? You can just ask Benji, Arizona's digital FAFSA assistant. Benji can help you get the money you need for college.</p><p>Text Benji, and he will respond right away! He is available 24/7 to answer all of your questions about FAFSA. </p><p>Last year, students in Arizona left behind more than $65 million dollars in grants to go to college. Don't get left out! Ask Benji by texting 602-786-8171 today and get your FAFSA questions answered.​</p><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideoeducationEducation



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