Three Collaborative Strategies Launch to Re-Engage Opportunity Youth

On February 12th, members of the Youth on the Rise Change Network and members of the United Youth Leadership Council attended the quarterly meeting. The impact that Youth on the Rise has on Pima County Opportunity Youth continues to grow, as reflected in data presented during the YOTR quarterly meeting this week.

Since 2014, the number of Opportunity Youth in Pima County has steadily decreased and it is at its lowest number recorded since 2014. The number of Opportunity Youth, 16-24-year olds not connected to school or work, in Pima County has shown a small, but consistent, decrease over the last five years and is at its lowest since 2015. As of 2018, there are 16,148 Opportunity Youth, a decrease to 10.9%.  As a result of this network identifying the needs of Opportunity Youth in Pima County and listening to partners within the network, C2C has facilitated the development of a Mobile Re-Engagement app which is set to launch in May and is supported with funding from Freeport McMoRan. Additionally, YOTR's Voter Mobilization Project, engaging Opportunity Youth in civic involvement, will begin to host tabling events to increase awareness and voter registrations at the end of this month, and a second re-engagement center, located at Goodwill's Silverlake office, will have its grand opening in March. Through these efforts, the network seeks to reduce the number of Opportunity Youth even further throughout Pima County.

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