Turning Disconnected Youth into Opportunity Youth

Author: Helios Education Foundation

May 19, 2014

Research recently released from Measure of America indicates that Phoenix ranks fourth among major metropolitan areas in the number of disconnected youth.  These are individuals, ages 16-24, who are not in school and not working.

Through our work with the Arizona Mayor’s Roundtable, Helios Education Foundation is supporting efforts to understand and address the issues facing disconnected youth in our community.  In addition, we are working with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona to bring stakeholders from all sectors of the community to improve education and employment outcomes for disconnected youth. 

Recently, Barbara Ryan Thompson, Helios’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer was featured on KJZZ talking about disconnected youth and how to re-engage them and turn them into “opportunity youth” who can have a higher quality of life and ultimately contribute to the communities in which they live.

Click here to listen to the KJZZ interview.

View a short video about the Mayor's Roundtable here.

Read more about Helios' work to help "Opportunity Youth" in Tucson and Southern Arizona here.   

Category: Postsecondary Success

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