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Re-engagement centers to connect youth with school and work

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  • Tamela Franks/Opportunity for Youth

Opportunities For Youth Initiative

Opportunities for Youth, a community collaborative, is officially announcing the Reengagement Center Quality Standards created by local education leaders to help organizations effectively reengage disconnected youth.

According to the Morrison Institute (2015), Metro Phoenix area is home to an estimated 92,000 young adults disengaged from work and school – nearly 1 in every five.

Re-engagement centers to connect youth with school and work Opportunities-for-Youth-Initiative

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“Reengagement Centers are the gateway for youth opportunity to experience a positive journey to success that empowers them to positively develop themselves with respect to education, career, social, psychological, physical and increased self-esteem that enables them to have a successful life” said Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Don Covey.

The standards ensure every youth has the skills needed to complete education and continue on to success in their career and self-efficiency. The framework sets the foundation of knowledge and skills needed to successfully support Opportunity Youth in meeting their long-term success.

“These standards will ensure the community is coordinating services to effectively reconnect disconnected youth,” said Councilwoman Pastor. “Reengaging youth in education and employment services is key to Phoenix’s future economic prosperity.”

Opportunities for Youth Reengagement Centers provides active outreach to engage youth (16-24) who are out of school and not working and assists them in resuming their education and/or training to become career ready.

These centers, co-located within existing nonprofits and government agencies, have agreed to adopt innovative quality standards that will help to promote consistency throughout agencies and create a strong referral network of providers.

Superintendent Dr. Don Covey
Phoenix Councilwoman Laura Pastor
Andrew Moore, National League of Cities
Thomas Showalter, National Youth Employment Coalition
Community-based Organizations
Community volunteers

11 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Arizona Center for Youth Resources
649 N 6th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

For additional information, please contact: Alejandro Montiel with the City of Phoenix at
602-534-3443 or or Tamela Franks, Executive Director of Opportunities for Youth at 602-506-2294 or