Faith-Based & Community Connection Commission

August 2020, AzABSE presented a new Commission that was critically needed during the disparaging times of COVID-19 and social unrest. In order to truly impact sustainable change for better educational experiences and outcomes, AzABSE committed to unite with faith based communities, and the Faith Based & Community Support Commission, later changed to Faith Based and Community Connection Commission, was formed.
The function of this commission is directly related to the issues of faith, community support, and involvement in the public schools. The membership is composed of clergy, parents, businesspersons, lay persons, educators, educators, stakeholders, nonprofit organizations, etc.
The Commission focuses on the wellbeing of children, youth and young adults, and collaborates with community partners to provide programs and resources to meet their needs. We are dedicated to improving the social and academic outcomes of children and uplifting communities.

Below are AzABSE vetted resource links for promising youth support and engagement:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Provides positive adult role models to youth ages 6-15 throughout the valley, though youth can stay enrolled until they turn 18 or graduate from high school. Youth and adults are matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships to participate in activities they both enjoy, with the goal of building a positive and trusting friendship.

Opportunities for Youth
OFY provides a cross-sector collaboration to create a comprehensive system of opportunity that reengages the Valley’s disconnected youth.

College Depot
College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Their team of college planning and re-engagement advisors offer one-on-one appointments to assist with all action steps necessary to earn a GED, diploma, college degree or apprenticeship, and host workshops including admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and more.

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