Learn more about what Opportunities for Youth is doing in your community!
Shaping the Narrative: Community Stories of Effective Practice and Impact Across the OYF Network, lifts up the stories from Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) communities working on the ground to improve policies and programs to support opportunity youth, who are 16- to 24-year-olds out of work and school. The OYF began as a group of 21 community collaboratives and has grown to a network of more than two-dozen urban, rural, and tribal communities. Roughly one-quarter (about 1.2 million) of all opportunity youth in the United States reside in or near OYF communities.
Brandon Estrada is a recent Graduate of the GateWay Community College Manufacturing Training Program. Brandon was able to use the Opportunities for Youth full-ride scholarship, to complete the program for FREE, receive a certification, continue his education at GateWay Community College (for free), AND get a promotion at work!
Educational Momentum Update
As the executive director of Opportunities for Youth, I wanted to update you on a number of milestones we have attained. Many of you attended our Educational Momentum Breakfast the end of November where we spent time discussing and prioritizing the challenges you are facing today as educators. The top three challenges that surfaced were Services, Engagement and Sustainability.
Referring a Youth to OFY Partner Services
The Educational Momentum Referral System came about because our Educational Partners realized that in order to truly assist their youth break down the barriers they may have and keep them in school, they needed to give them an opportunity to receive services that their educational institutions couldn’t provide. To bridge this gap, we created a referral system that would allow our Educational Partners to refer to our Reengagement Center Partners. One of the benefits to being a part of this action team, is that our Educational Partners are able to access a password protected Google Form on the Educational Momentum Action Team webpage on our website.
Highlighting Our Educational Momentum Partners
Our Educational Partners across the valley have dedicated themselves to the Opportunities for Youth Initiative with the goal to reconnect opportunity youth annually back into the appropriate educational program. To ensure that our partners and the community at large are aware of what our Educational Partners offer, the team has developed an Educational Momentum Asset Map Survey.
Opportunities for Youth accomplished great things in 2018!
We invite you to view our 2018 Annual Report. This document will outline the organizations history, accomplishments, and goals in moving forward.
Thank you for your interest in learning more about Opportunities for Youth, and discovering how you can help us build the "Pathways to a Brighter Future" for youth across the Greater Phoenix Area!
Opportunities for Youth partner, Starbucks and Arizona State University have partnered establish the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which gives partners (employees) the opportunity to earn a college degree at Arizona State University with full tuition coverage.
Felix Moran, 25, walks through his old Phoenix neighborhood where he was a disconnected youth. When he was 17 he was sent to prison for burglary and when he was released he struggled to find employment. He is now joining Opportunities for Youth to do outreach to young people facing challenges like he did.
At her Y-Achievers GED graduation on April 27th, 2019, Jewel Shidler shared the story of how she discovered her “Pathway to a Brighter Future”! Read Her Story, here!