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


Zip Code Project – Toolkit (PDF) 

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


Cronkite News Feature: February 8, 2017 (YouTube) 

ABC15 News Feature: April 26, 2017 (YouTube) 


Click here to visit the Zip Code Project blog! 

Upcoming Meetings

Date Zip Code Region Location Time Registration Link
8/17/2018 South Phoenix and Maryvale (Combined) ADE – 1535 West Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85007 2pm – 4pm
10/16/2018   South Phoenix     TBD (S. Phoenix)   3:30pm – 5pm   TBD  
10/17/2018   Maryvale     TBD (Maryvale)   3:30pm – 5pm   TBD  
12/04/2018   South Phoenix     TBD (S. Phoenix)   2:30pm – 4pm   TBD  
12/05/2018   Maryvale     TBD (Maryvale)   2:30pm – 4pm   TBD  
02/19/2019   South Phoenix     TBD (S. Phoenix)   3:30pm – 5pm   TBD  
02/20/2019   Maryvale     TBD (Maryvale)   3:30pm – 5pm   TBD  
05/01/2019 South Phoenix and Maryvale (Combined) ADE – 1535 West Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85007 3:30pm – 5pm   TBD  


Contact Info

Christopher Dickinson

Director of Community Outreach / Manager of the Zip Code Project

P: 602-542-9411 E: [email protected]

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