Opportunity Youth Change Network

Our Work

Youth on the Rise (YOTR) is the Opportunity Youth Change Network for the Cradle to Career Partnership, focusing on the re-engagement of 16 to 24-year-olds not connected to school or work.

YOTR aims to provide educational and career pathways to all Opportunity Youth in Pima County. We have prioritized the creation of a safe place with caring adults where youth can receive support reconnecting to resources. Through the leadership of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, METRO Youth Program offer re-engagement services.

Aspiration: Every youth who is not in school or work reconnects to education and career pathways

Indicator: Percent of 16- to 24-year olds NOT connected to school or work

Data Dashboard


Ensuring youth in Pima County obtain a high school diploma or GED and attain a post-secondary credential that leads to livable wages has widespread economic and social benefits for those youth, as well as our community. Opportunity Youth are telling us that caring adults, additional supports provided, and intentional referrals to external partners are crucial to successful re-engagement.


Current Projects:

  • Supporting the leadership of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona to offer multiple physical re-engagement spaces
  • Active implemented strategies with the Pima County Juvenile Justice Collaborative
  • Co-designing solutions for Opportunity Youth in the partnership with the United Youth Leadership Council



Dani Carrillo
YOTR Co-Chair

Nandi Muhammed
YOTR Co-Chair


United Youth Leadership Council
Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona
Pima County Juvenile Court Center
Arizona Serve at Prescott College - AmeriCorps
Fostering Success - University of Arizona
Youth On Their Own
Pima County Community & Workforce Development Department
Pima County Health Department - Youth Violence Prevention Coalition
Grad Solutions
ACE High School
Tucson Youth Development
Tucson Urban League
Pima County JTED
Tucson Unified School District
Sunnyside Unified School District
NAMI Alliance
City of Tucson Housing and Community Development
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Pima Community College
Arizona Children's Association
Community Prevention Coalition
Our Family Services
El Rio Community Health
Amphi Public Schools
Greater Arizona eLearning Association

Backbone Staff Contact:

Caroline Lewis
Change Network Facilitator
[email protected]

Cradle to Career Partnership