Educational momentum action team

The Educational Momentum Action Team is a collaborative, community response to the increasing number of local youth disconnected from school. Educational institutions across the valley have dedicated themselves to the Opportunities for Youth Initiative. Our network of educational institutions offer a wide variety of educational options to meet the needs of the diverse population in Phoenix. 


Reconnect opportunity youth annually back into the appropriate educational program


Building a tiered approach for reconnecting youth into school and providing supports for educational completion

Educational Momentum Partners

Cesar Aguilar, Alumni Outreach - Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

Michelle Alcantar, Director of Community And Business Partnerships - Glendale Community College

Megan Baker, Adult Education Program & Workforce Development Specialist - Arizona Department of Education

Ashley Berg, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development- Educational OPtions Foundation

Patrick Brown, Director of Education - Arizona Center for Youth RESOURCES (ACYR)

Elizabeth Cole, Director of Outreach & Community Partnerships - Rio Salado College

Nicholas DelSordi, Adult Education Program & Workforce Development Specialist - Arizona Department of Education

Christopher Dickinson, Director of Community Relations- Grad Solutions

GreG Donovan, Superintendent - Western Maricopa Education Center (West-Mec)

Luis Enriquez, Development Director - Neighborhood Ministries

Shaquana Fernandez, Executive Director - TLC Child Enrichment

SaM Garman, Bridging Success Project Coordinator - Maricopa County Community College District

Dr. Philip Geiger, Regional Director of Education - Southwest Leadership Academy

Michelle Harris, Guidance Counselor - Southwest Leadership Academy

Sheryl Hart, Deputy Associate Superintendent - Arizona Department of Education

Dr. Osaro Ighodaro, Vice President of Student Development - South Mountain Community College

Gabriela Jimenez, Program Director - First Star ASU Academy

Binky Michelle Jones, President - Ombudsman Educational Services

Nicole Kelsheimer, Director of Academic Support and Compliance - Arizona Department of Education

Rosemary Liversedge, Americorps Program Director - Northern Arizona University Civic Service Institute

Jose Martinez, Program Coordinator - Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

Gaspar Mata, Recruitment and College Outreach Manager - Year Up, Inc.

Michael Matos, Director of Outreach, Recruitment & Retention - Phoenix College

Joanne McCoy, Manager - Zip Code Project, Arizona Department of Education

Elaine R. Penn, Principal - Arizona Preparatory Academy

Jacqueline Preciado, Recreation Coordinator II - City of Phoenix

Blair Schweiger, Academic Programs Director - Genesis City

Kristopher Seydel, Assistant Director - College Depot

Matthew Sotelo, Success ADVISER & Workforce Development Coordinator - College Success Arizona

Marissa Soza, Call Center Representative - Ombudsman educational services

Stephanie StreeteR, Assistant Principal & Instruction - Phoenix Union High School District

Cynthia Tercero, Dropout Programs Developer - Phoenix Union High School District

Shana Tompa, Director of Development - Genesis City

Jessica Vensel, Principal - Canyon State Academy

Olivia Zelaya, Program Director - Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

Where Are Our Educational Momentum Partners Located?