The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will hold its first-ever summit between two different regions of the Zip Code Project on Friday, August 17, bringing together the South Phoenix and West Phoenix-Maryvale regions in an effort to assist disconnected youth.
“The Zip Code Project identifies areas with high concentrations of disconnected youth and focuses on bringing community resources together to assist them,” Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said. “Left unaided, these young people will often end up pursuing futures that include crime, welfare or other unacceptable outcomes. 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.”
The Zip Code Project is an ADE initiative dedicated to assisting disconnected youth ages 16-24 that are neither employed nor attending school. The initiative was designed to bring government, community and non-profit organizations together to develop Community Boards of Action in an effort to end youth disconnection.
The purpose of the summit is to pool community resources together to develop a plan of action to complete over the next 10-12 months. A few topics to be discussed will include the following:
ADE also intends to facilitate 2018-19 Zip Code Project Launch events in both Chinle and Ajo. More information on those events will be coming soon. For those interested in attending the 2018 South Phoenix/West Phoenix-Maryvale Zip Code Project Summit, please find the info below: