Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
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Opportunities for Youth (OFY), an initiative of ASU’s Watts College of Public Service, is a network of 80+ public, private, and non-profit partners using a collective impact approach to reduce the rate of disconnected youth in Maricopa County—youth aged 16-24 who are not in school and not working. This group is often referred to as “opportunity youth” (OY) because of the opportunities they represent for the local economy and communities.
To address this challenge, OFY:
In 2021 alone, OFY Reengagement Centers conducted outreach to 12,447 opportunity youth, connected a total of 4,152 opportunity youth to services of some kind, and connected 3,668 youth to education and/or employment.
Across 15 Centers, 1,843 youth were reengaged in educational pathways (44%) and 1,825 youth were reengaged in career pathways (44%). The remainder (484 or 12%) were connected to other services.
Over the past 5 years (2017-2021), OFY has reengaged 13,945 youth in career and educational pathway programs. 100% of your donation goes to OFY and helps us to:
Read more about OFY on our website: www.oppforyouth.org
For more information about OFY and how you can get involved, contact Maritza Valenzuela, Program Director, at MaritzaV@asu.edu.