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="ExternalClass2211156D8FE14E6B8788257B742B9EAE"><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, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 7 and 21, as well as October 5 and 26.  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
Complete Your FAFSA to Help You Pay for Collegehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2179Education12/20/2021 3:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/MyGkzx2GAPQComplete Your FAFSA to Help You Pay for College<div class="ExternalClassF4487B04859448FFBD865B78C94F200F"><html> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOIKhp7S73E&list=PL22YB12L5NbRm3VtTXnq10fjX8mgC4UKJ&index=4"> <strong>Watch Bilingual Video</strong> </a> </p> <p>Need help paying for college? FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing this online form unlocks money to help you pay for college.</p> <p>Filling out your FAFSA application can change your life and it only takes 20 minutes. It connects you to aid and resources you probably don't even know exist. </p> <p>You can complete your FAFSA today! Reach out to College Depot at Phoenix Public Library for help taking this important step.</p> <p>College Depot can help students graduate 100 percent debt free.</p> <p>So, don't wait… it's free! Get connected with resources to help pay for college. Submit your FAFSA today.​​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideoeducationEducation
Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Program Accepting Applicationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/246Education12/6/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/246/Newsrooom_Eduaction_004.jpgOutstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Program Accepting Applications<div class="ExternalClass7FDCF07173754812BA556307947C2526"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is now accepting applications for the 2022 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year awards.  </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>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> <p>Two students will be selected as winners from each city council district and receive an award of $500.</p> </li> <li> <p>In addition, each district-level winner will be eligible for an additional $1,500 award if they are selected as the citywide winners.</p> </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 sponsored by Rotary 100 and Salt River Project (SRP) where the citywide award winners will be announced.</p> <p>Eligible students can apply <a href="/education/outstanding-youth-leader" target="_blank">online</a> before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationEducation
City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office Invites you to Partner with a Principalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/445Education9/7/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/445/Newsroom_Education_015.JPGCity of Phoenix Youth and Education Office Invites you to Partner with a Principal<div class="ExternalClassC70E478AB81A4E43BA3CD06A4FACC62F"><html> <p>​​Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program, formerly known as Principal for a Day. During the weeks of Oct. 11 through Nov. 5, 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><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">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.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Those interested in participating in the city's Partner with a Principal program, can register online at <a href="/education" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/education​</a>. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 29. All participants must attend a virtual information session also on Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. </span></p>​ <span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationEducation



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