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For additional information, contact:

Tamela Franks, Executive Director of Opportunities for Youth


Educational Institution Forum invites area educators and community leaders to discuss unique needs of opportunity youth


Opportunities for Youth, a community collaborative, announces their first Educational Institution Forum. This forum will bring area educators and community leaders together to discuss and bring awareness to the unique education needs of the opportunity (disconnected) youth population. This event will host table discussions centered on the following:

  • Awareness
  • Data
  • Community Resources
  • Promising Practices

Additionally, leaders will have the opportunity to provide their expertise in developing a collaborative-wide strategy in the execution of the Educational Momentum Standard, one of six standards introduced during the Reengagment Center Launch October 12th. The standard based on PEPNet Quality Standards, Category 3, reads “Reengagement Centers provide youth connections to educational activities that align to career goals through collaborative partnerships.”

The event will be held inside the American Heart Association Activity Room- 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe AZ from 8AM - 12PM.

About Opportunities for Youth

Opportunities for Youth is a collaborative network of youth-serving provider organizations, higher education professionals, K-12 education professionals, government, philanthropic funders and businesses focused on reducing the number of disconnected youth in Maricopa County. Opportunity (Disconnected) youth are defined as youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and out of work. OFY’s mission is to harness the power of cross-sector collaboration to create a comprehensive system of opportunity that re-engages the valley’s disconnected youth.

Collaborative Goals

  • Serve as the leading resource, convener, connector and advocate for organizations serving opportunity youth region-wide
  • Identify, promote, support, and accelerate programs and services by partner organizations serving opportunity youth.
  • Strengthen our collaborative and its partner organizations through distinct value added services:
    • Data collection and dissemination
    • Awareness-building
    • Advocacy
    • Funding
    • Partnerships with related organizations: national, regional and statewide
    • Research and analyze best practices for replication and scalability and develop strategies to address gaps.
  • Incubate programs, services, and initiatives which add distinct benefit to partners and organizations to achieve collective impact goals.
  • Identify, measure, and evaluate performance of our short- and long-term impact on Opportunity Youth.

About the Educational Momentum Action Team

Educational Momentum is a collective approach to supporting opportunity youth obtain their high school diploma, high school equivalency, and/ or, post-secondary credentials. Educational Momentum seeks to develop and maintain an infrastructure of multiple pathways to graduation and re-entry and support systems to meet the unique needs of the youth throughout these milestones.


Opportunities for Youth

Community Leaders

Community Educators


8 a.m. to Noon 


American Heart Association, Activity Room

2929 S. 48th St. Phoenix AZ 85282

For additional information, contact: 

Tamela Franks, Executive Director of Opportunities for Youth