Reengagement in Phoenix

According to 2015 data, nearly 1 in 5 young adults, age 16 to 24, in the Phoenix Metro area are engaged in neither work nor school. 

The ReEngage Phoenix program, launched in August 2014 inside College Depot at the Burton Barr Central Library, helps reengage young people back into school. ReEngage Phoenix staff help to connect students to GED preparation sites throughout the Phoenix Valley as well as to alternative high schools, online high schools, and ELL programs.

 “The business and education community, as well as local governments, must work together to solve the issue of disconnected youth”

-Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix

Promising Practices

  • The ReEngage Phoenix Center collaborates with the Phoenix Union High School District, charter schools, and other agencies that serve opportunity youth. These organizations provide referrals to the ReEngage Phoenix for youth who have dropped out of their programs to help connect youth to the best-fit education programming to earn their diploma or the equivalent.
  • ReEngage Phoenix maintains partnerships with local organizations to provide youth coming in to their center with additional non-academic services. This includes two local shelters (one for men and one for women), an agency that serves homeless youth, a local women’s shelter for young women who may require additional services, and a local library branch that focuses on workforce assistance for young adults.
  • Once youth are connected to an educational program, they receive follow-up appointments to discover career options and create a career plan that includes both short and long-term goals based on individual interests (trades, certificates, degrees, etc.).
  • As youth approach completion of their diploma or equivalent programs, they come in for appointments to get assistance filling out the FAFSA and enrolling in a college, trade school or some type of post-diploma program.
  • In 2017 ReEngage Phoenix became a part of Opportunities for Youth, a local initiative to create a network of collaboration among organizations serving Opportunity Youth. The goal of this collaboration is to connect youth to education and employment opportunities in addition to other wrap-around services necessary to their long-term success. Video of this initiative:

 

2015-2016 Activity

  • The Phoenix Re-Engagement Center reached out to 1440 youth during 2015-2016 and engaged over 100 individuals during this time.