Hosted by Maricopa County Community College District. Interactive Forum led by the Educational Momentum Action Team of  the Opportunities for Youth Initiative. Continental Breakfast Provided.

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 American Heart Association Activity Center & Halle Heart Children’s Museum: 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282


We need your input on how to connect the 94,000+ disengaged, under-educated, and unemployed youth affecting your schools and our communities. We also need your input on addressing the 8th grade dropout crisis. As a community of dedicated educators, we can make a difference in the lives of these youth, our schools, and our neighborhoods. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn how your school and community are affected by this challenge, and can benefit from this collaboration.


Our Challenge

The greater Phoenix area has an opportunity youth (aka disconnected youth) rate of 18.8%, versus the national rate, 14.7% (Measure of America, 2012). This equates to 91,000+ individuals 16-24 who are out of school and out of work. Lifetime aggregate social loss of these youth exceeds $127 billion (Arizona Mayors Roundtable, 2012).

Who We Are

Opportunities for Youth (OFY) is a collaborative network of youth-serving provider organizations, higher education professionals, K-12 education professionals, government, philanthropic funders and businesses focused on reducing the very high incidence of Opportunity Youth in Maricopa County, AZ. The OFY Vision is that ALL youth will be engaged and on track for success in education, career, and life.

Collaborative Impact

To help achieve this vision, the OFY initiative led by Executive Director, Tamela Franks, MSW, has created four pathways or Action Teams.  The Educational Momentum Action Team is co-chaired by Ernest Rose, Superintendent Maricopa Regional School District and Greg Donovan, Superintendent, West-Mec. This Action Team is focused on dropout intervention.

The Educational Momentum Action Team has identified your educational institution as one located in a primary focus zip code area. This Action Team needs to host this Forum in order to gain better perspective and hear firsthand the challenges affecting schools and communities most impacted.  This Forum will provide a platform for ensuring the challenge is identified correctly and assist in developing a network of relationships bridging educational organizations with community resources, best practices and other activities and processes that can lead to educational success. 

Questions or clarifications, please contact one of the following

Tamela Franks, OFY Executive Director at 602-506-2294 (ofc) or email

Dr. Robin Hollis, OFY Action Teams Director 480.242.7178 or  email