Youth Leadership & Development
Action Team

The Youth Leadership & Development 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

Youth Leadership & Development Partners

Berisha Black, Director of Programs - Trinity Opportunity Alliance

Mark Carr, Youth Workforce Development Supervisor - ARIZONA@WORK - City of Phoenix

Frank Crump, Founder & President - Unified Progress International

Dave Cumming, Wellness Coach - MIKID

Deondra Gray, CURRICULUM Developer & Coordinator- Arizona Facts of Life

Jennica Failer, Crisis Services Associate - TEEN Lifeline

Barbara Garden, Director of Community Relations - Terros Health

Paulet Green, Executive Director - FIBCO Family Services

Laketta Gunn-Roman, Community Liaison - Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Samantha Hansen, Director of Workforce Development & Career Pathways - Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix

Dianna Harrier, Director of Operations - Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG)

Jennifer Lopez, Tay Specialist - MIKID

Veronica Lowe, Mobile Career Center Manager - Dress for Success Phoenix

Ron Mack, Community Awareness Partner - Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona

Genny Malachowski, Social Support Manager - Arizona Center for Youth Resources (ACYR)

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

Ronnie McGuire, Youth Program Business & Workforce Development Division - ARIZONA@WORK - City of Phoenix

Jody McPhearson, Life Skills Consultant - Jody Speaks

Alberto Olivas, Executive Director - Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service

Megan Practor, Director of Student Services, Admissions & Community Partnerships - Year Up

Yolanda Robinson, President & CEO - Arizona Facts of Life

Deborah Thompson, Chief Operations Officer - New Pathways for Youth

Alyssa Tarkington, Executive Director of Student & Family Services - Phoenix Union High School District

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

Cathy Turley, GEP Program Supervisor - Friendly House