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Challenge


Challenge

According to a Measure of America study, Phoenix had an 18.8 percent rate of disconnection among youth ages 16-24. This compares to a national youth disconnection rate of 14.7 percent. Unemployment in Phoenix for the same group was 20.5 percent. The greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area was ranked number one for having the highest percentage of disconnected youth, out of the top 25 largest metropolitan areas in 2012 (Measure of America). According to a 2015 Morrison Institute Report, over 92,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 in metro Phoenix who are neither working nor in school will have cost taxpayers $27.3 billion over their lifetime and will have a lifetime social burden of $218.5 billion.

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Challenge


Challenge

According to a Measure of America study, Phoenix had an 18.8 percent rate of disconnection among youth ages 16-24. This compares to a national youth disconnection rate of 14.7 percent. Unemployment in Phoenix for the same group was 20.5 percent. The greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area was ranked number one for having the highest percentage of disconnected youth, out of the top 25 largest metropolitan areas in 2012 (Measure of America). According to a 2015 Morrison Institute Report, over 92,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 in metro Phoenix who are neither working nor in school will have cost taxpayers $27.3 billion over their lifetime and will have a lifetime social burden of $218.5 billion.

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Solution


The Solution

 

Opportunities for Youth will address this challenge in the following ways:
 

         1. Build public support to help disconnected (opportunity) youth reengage in school and work.

          2. Build a system of support that ensures all youth-serving organizations serving this population have the principles, standards and processes that will help youth be successful.

           3. Build a system of collaboration and alignment to avoid duplication and to effectively serve as many youth as possible.

Solution


The Solution

 

Opportunities for Youth will address this challenge in the following ways:
 

         1. Build public support to help disconnected (opportunity) youth reengage in school and work.

          2. Build a system of support that ensures all youth-serving organizations serving this population have the principles, standards and processes that will help youth be successful.

           3. Build a system of collaboration and alignment to avoid duplication and to effectively serve as many youth as possible.

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Collective Impact


Collective Impact

Opportunities for Youth is approaching strategies and solutions through adopting the collective impact model. This model consists of cross-sector collaboration to solve challenging problems in the community. No single problem can be addressed in isolation. For large-scale social change to occur, there needs to be a concerted effort of the existing players mobilized to take action. Collective Impact is organized around the following five components:

1. A common agenda, which is the common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for change.

2. Agreed upon shared measurements, which include collecting shared data and measuring results.

3. Mutually reinforcing activities, which consist of coordination and joint planning to reduce duplication and maximize effectiveness.

4. Continuous communication focused on building trust and maintaining consistent and open communication.

5. A backbone entity that will coordinate and guide the collective efforts and provide support, resources and secure funding to help the initiative move forward in a collective manner.

Collective Impact


Collective Impact

Opportunities for Youth is approaching strategies and solutions through adopting the collective impact model. This model consists of cross-sector collaboration to solve challenging problems in the community. No single problem can be addressed in isolation. For large-scale social change to occur, there needs to be a concerted effort of the existing players mobilized to take action. Collective Impact is organized around the following five components:

1. A common agenda, which is the common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for change.

2. Agreed upon shared measurements, which include collecting shared data and measuring results.

3. Mutually reinforcing activities, which consist of coordination and joint planning to reduce duplication and maximize effectiveness.

4. Continuous communication focused on building trust and maintaining consistent and open communication.

5. A backbone entity that will coordinate and guide the collective efforts and provide support, resources and secure funding to help the initiative move forward in a collective manner.

Opportunities for Youth Partners


EDUCATION

ACYR, ARIZONA CALL-A-TEEN

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

ARIZONA CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

ARIZONA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

CORPORATE EDUCATION CONSULTING, INC

FLORENCE CRITTENTON

FRIENDLY HOUSE

GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GENESIS CITY

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

HOPE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS ACADEMY

JOBS FOR ARIZONA'S GRADUATES

MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

RIO SALADO

TUMBLEWEED CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

WEST-MEC

YEAR UP

GOVERNMENT

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY

ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE

CITY OF PHOENIX, OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

CITY OF TEMPE

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE FOR CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILIES

MARICOPA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS

MARICOPA COUNTY

MARICOPA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MARICOPA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

MARICOPA COUNTY EDUCATION SERVICE AGENCY

MARICOPA COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION

PHILANTHROPY

ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

ASPEN INSTITUTE

SCHULTZ FOUNDATION

STARBUCKS 100,000 OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVE

VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITIED WAY

WALMART FOUNDATION

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT/TRADE ASSOCIATIONS/ BUSINESS

ABEC, ARIZONA BUSINESS & EDUCATION COALITION

APS

ARIZONA AT WORK, CITY OF PHOENIX

ARIZONA AT WORK, MARICOPA COUNTY

ARIZONA CAREER PATHWAYS

ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

AMERICAN HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION

ARIZONA LODGING AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION

ARIZONA MANUFACTURING PARTNERSHIP

ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT

BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DOMINOS

EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

GOOGLE

GREATER PHOENIX ECONOMIC COUNCIL

HMS HOST

LEGAL SHIELD

LINKEDIN

MARICOPA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES

MARICOPA SKILL CENTER

NORDSTROM

R AND R CONSULTING

SOUTHWEST WEALTH

STARBUCKS

TCI SOLUTIONS

WALMART

YOUTHBUILD USA

YOUTH PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES

ACYR, ARIZONA CALL-A-TEEN

ARIZONA CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION

ARIZONA COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK

ARIZONA REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

ARIZONA SAINTS

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF METRO PHOENIX

COLLEGE DEPOT

EXPECT MORE ARIZONA

FLORENCE CRITTENTON

FRIENDLY HOUSE

GLOBAL PATHWAYS INSTITUTE

GREATER PHOENIX URBAN LEAGUE

JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES

JOBS FOR ARIZONA'S GRADUATES

JOBS FOR THE FUTURE

KIDS AT HOPE

MAGGIE'S PLACE

MERCY MARICOPA INTEGRATED CARE

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS

NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRIES

NEW PATHWAYS FOR YOUTH

PBS 8

PUBLIC ALLIES ARIZONA

SOUTHWEST HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY FAMILIES

TEEN AA

THRIVING TOGETHER

TRINITY OPPORTUNITY ALLIANCE

TRI CAUCUS

TUCSON YOUTH ON THE RISE

TUMBLEWEED CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY

WORTHY INSTITUTE

YMCA

INITIATIVES

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

OPPORTUNITY YOUTH UNITED

STARBUCKS 100,000 OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVE


Scope and Purpose of Backbone

The backbone team is a full-time dedicated staff employed in support of Opportunities for Youth. It functions to coordinate the collective efforts and provide support, resources, and secure funding to help the initiative move forward. The backbone is composed of the Executive Director, Action Team Director, Special Project Manager, and a Research Fellow, Data Analyst Fellow, and an Outreach Fellow from Public Allies.


Action Teams

Reengagement Center Action Team

Tim Valencia, Chair

Sharlet Barnett, Co-Chair

Re-Engagement Centers act as one-stop locations throughout the valley where youth can receive holistic supports and guidance to support their reconnection to school, work, and to the appropriate wrap-around services. These centers can come in the form of schools, non-profits, community centers, and more. Aspects of these centers include connecting youth to resources, conducting assessments, creating individualized plans, and conducting outreach to reach opportunity youth.

Educational Momentum Action Team

Ernest Rose, Chair

Greg Donovan, Co-Chair

Educational Momentum is a collective approach to supporting opportunity youth obtain their high school diploma, high school equivalency, and/or, post-secondary credentials. Educational Momentum seeks to develop and maintain an infrastructure of multiple pathways to graduation and re-entry and support systems to meet the unique needs of the youth throughout these milestones.

Career Connections Action Team

Dick Foreman, Chair

Career Connections is a collaboration made up of industry, business, and education partners working to: Increase employer awareness of OY barriers and the OFY initiative; create work sector pathway models tailored to the needs of opportunity youth; and develop partnerships with employers and industries willing to incorporate an opportunity youth hiring strategy.

Positive Youth Development Action Team

Donna McHenry, Chair

Raul Daniels, Co-Chair

Positive Youth Development ensures all systems touching youths' lives have policies, processes, and standards supporting opportunity youth in successfully pursuing educational and careeer opportunities.


 

Leadership Council

Leadership Council

Hon. Laura Pastor, Chair

Sheryl Hart, Co-chair

Dr. Deb Duvall, Immediate Past Chair

Rick Miller, Secretary

Raul Daniels, At-Large

Donna McHenry, At-large/ Chair Positive Youth Development

Randy Kimmens, Chair Career Connections

Ernest Rose, Chair Educational Momentum

Sharlet Barnett, Co-chair Reengagement Centers

Tim Valencia, Co-chair Reengagement Centers

Dr. Don Covey, Sector Rep

Harry Garewal, Sector Rep

Jonathan Koppell, Sector Rep

Kristine Morris, Sector Rep

Dr. Althe Allen

Meghan Arrigo

Kerwin Brown

Judge Craig Blakey

Hon. Heather Carter

Jaime Casap

Christopher Dickinson

Greg Donovan

Dr. Bob England

Julia Estrada

Kimberly Flack

Dick Foreman

Hon. Steve Gallardo

Helen Gandara

Graciela Garcia Candia

Steven Gonzales

Janice Grandy

Sang Hee Kim

Heather Krueger

Brad Kuluris

Irma Leyendecker

Kim Owens

Marie Raymond

Beth Rosenberg

Cynthia Schuler

MaryEllen Sheppard

Eileen Sigmund

Cynthia Spell Tweh

Mayor Greg Stanton

Dr. Carolyn Warner

Steve Watson

Terri Wogan-Calderon

Corey Woods

Executive Committee

Hon. Laura Pastor, Chair

Sheryl Hart, Co-chair

Dr. Deb Duvall, Immediate Past Chair

Rick Miller, Secretary

Raul Daniels, At-Large

Donna McHenry, At-large/ Chair Positive Youth Development

Randy Kimmens, Chair Career Connections

Ernest Rose, Chair Educational Momentum

Sharlet Barnett, Co-chair Reengagement Centers

Tim Valencia, Co-chair Reengagement Centers

Dr. Don Covey, Sector Rep

Harry Garewal, Sector Rep

Jonathan Koppell, Sector Rep

Kristine Morris, Sector Rep

Officers

Hon. Laura Pastor, Chair

Sheryl Hart, Co-Chair

Rick Miller, Secretary