About the Zip Code Project

What is the Zip Code Project?

Vision: All youth will have the ability to stay engaged and on track to succeed in education, career and life.

Mission: We mobilize the power of community collaboration and best practices to help navigate the complex education system for the most at-risk youth in the State.

The Zip Code Project is an initiative by the Arizona Department of Education dedicated to assisting disconnected youth ages 16-24 that are neither employed nor attending school. The goal is to find them opportunities so they can succeed in life. This vulnerable population needs our greatest attention. Unfortunately, the numbers of disconnected youth are increasing. Nationally one in seven youth ages 16-24 are disconnected; while in Arizona that number is a staggering one in five. The negative effects are felt across the economy, society, and the criminal justice system.

The Zip Code Project is developing Community Groups of Action in each target zip code to help these youth find educational or workforce opportunities and resources, provide referrals to important services, and secure grant funding. The Zip Code Project aims to help lead Arizona in the mission to overcome and end youth disconnection; one young person at a time.

“It is impossible for our education system to prepare students to be successful citizens if they are not attending school. All children, regardless of where they live, deserve a chance to pursue the American dream. Our mission with the Zip Code Project is to help these young adults get back on the path to a successful, happy and productive life.” – Superintendent Diane Douglas

Publications

Zip Code Project – Toolkit (PDF)

Zip Code Project – Launch Press Release – April 29, 2017 (PDF)

Media

Cronkite News Feature: February 8, 2017 (YouTube)

ABC15 News Feature: April 26, 2017 (YouTube)

Blog

Click here to visit the Zip Code Project blog!

Upcoming Meetings

Date Zip Code Region Location Time Registration Link
12/04/2018 South Phoenix So. Mt. Comm. College Library 7050 S 24th St, Phx., AZ 85042 2:30pm – 4pm TBD
12/05/2018 Maryvale Cartwright ESD Training Center 4242 N. 51st Ave, Phx., AZ, 85031 2:30pm – 4pm TBD
02/19/2019 South Phoenix So. Mt. Comm. College Library 7050 S 24th St, Phx., AZ 85042 3:30pm – 5pm TBD
02/20/2019 Maryvale Cartwright ESD Training Center 4242 N. 51st Ave, Phx., AZ, 85031 3:30pm – 5pm TBD
05/01/2019 South Phoenix and Maryvale (Combined) ADE – 1535 West Jefferson St. Phx., AZ 85007 3:30pm – 5pm TBD

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Contact Info

 

JoAnne McCoy

Manager of the Zip Code Project

Phone:  602.364.1971

Email:   [email protected]