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Zip Code Project Updates
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that provides immediate crisis intervention and shelter to youth ages 12-17. In Maricopa County, UMOM New Day Centers is the local Safe Place agency, and since 2005 Safe Place has served thousands of homeless and vulnerable youth throughout the valley.
The Safe Place program is only possible because of our generous and committed community partners. Companies such as QuikTrip and Valley Metro provide sites for youth to request help, allowing UMOM the appropriate time and public setting to transport a youth to safety. Safe Place is currently looking to expand by onboarding new Safe Place partner sites to serve youth in their communities.
If your organization/business is interested in increasing their engagement with the community by becoming a Safe Place site, please contact the Outreach Assistant for more information:
On February 27th, the ADE Zip Code Project organized a group of 30 community members from organizations such as the US Army, Year Up, Black Mother’s Forum, Koi Education, Grad Solutions and more! This group has begun developing an action plan to assist disconnected youth in South Phoenix break down barriers and find pathways to success. This group will meet again in six weeks.
On February 8th, Christopher Dickinson had the opportunity to speak in front of the Arizona Senate Education Committee about the Zip Code Project. The presentation is linked below and goes for the first ~16 minutes of the video.
Opportunity from the start!
The Arizona Department of Education and Phoenix Union High School District to host a Zip Code Project Community Meeting from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at South Mountain High School (5401 S 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040). The meeting is free and open to the public.
School, community, business, and tribal members are invited to join to address the unique challenges facing 85040 and surrounding communities regarding disconnected youth ages 16-to-24-year-olds who are not working and not in school.
Phoenix area youth face a myriad of challenges in overcoming disconnection, though its through no shortage of resources. Community, school, and business leaders in previous meetings have commented on several areas these youth seem to struggle with, but we continue to work on narrowing our focus into specific areas that can be addressed in a timely manner.
With a lot of wonderful organizations working toward bettering the youth of South Phoenix, we continue to invite new members to join us in empowering our young adults and getting them set on a productive track back toward a successful life.
Starting 2018 with Opportunity!
The Arizona Department of Education and Ajo Unified School District to host a Zip Code Project Education Community Meeting from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Ajo Unfied School District Governing Board Room (111 N Well Rd, Ajo AZ 85321). The meeting is free and open to the public.
School, community, business, and tribal members are invited to join to address the unique challenges facing 85321 and surrounding communities regarding disconnected youth ages 16-to-24-year-olds who are not working and not in school.
ADE recognizes the unique challenges facing Ajo, and we know of the 16-to-24-year-olds in the region that 55% are not in school, and 65% are unemployed. (More about Ajo challenges here.) Yet there is hope in the organizations already working to alleviate the pressures on those youth. Some of the organizations already providing amazing outreach and support to disconnected youth are the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, the Las Artes School, the Pima Community Action Agency, Youth on the Rise, Ajo Unified School District and the United Way of Tucson and Southern AZ.
Even with so many great partners at the table, we have room for more. Only by gaining the unique insight others are able to provide can we get the necessary resources to the youth of Pima County and surrounding communities to get them back on the road to successful, productive lives. Join us!
Kayla Becton, a reporter with Cronkite News, recently did a comprehensive piece on the Ajo region with a focus on the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) and the Zip Code Project. Please see the link below:
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas kicked off the Phoenix launch of the Zip Code Project. At the press conference on Thursday April 27th, integral members of the education community spoke to the continued development of the Zip Code Project in Phoenix neighborhoods, in addition to the work already accomplished in other parts of the state.
“It is impossible for our education system to prepare students to be successful citizens if they are not attending school,” Superintendent Douglas said. “Our mission with the Zip Code Project is to help these young adults get back on track to a fulfilling, happy and productive life. Our job is to give them every opportunity to get a first-class education, as well as a chance to pursue their hopes and dreams.”
The event was hosted in the South Phoenix at South Mountain High School, which along with Maryvale, are the two communities that were launched in the Phoenix area. Chinle and Ajo are the other two zip codes that have integrated the program into their communities.
Starting from the ground floor in 2015 with limited funding, Zip Code Manager Christopher Dickinson has collaborated and partnered with local clergy, community organizations, cities, neighborhoods, parole and probation officers, alternative high schools, as well as education and business leaders to assist these youth.
“The Zip Code Project leverages public-private partnerships to identify and implement solutions and resources to prevent to assist with dropout prevention and support alternative paths to success,” Dickinson said. “This is not an easy issue to combat, but I am grateful to all of the communities for their continuous support and dedication. I look forward to even further expansion of this program to more zip codes throughout the state in the near future.”
These are the speakers from the event – Click on image to go to their site: