Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP), was founded in 1990 by a group of concerned Pima County citizens who sought to provide rural communities in the county access to the services available in the Tucson metro area. In 2006, AZYP expanded to serve rural communities across Arizona and seeks to employ a root cause approach to fighting poverty by building healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement.
AZYP Mission & Current Programs AZYP's mission is to partner with communities to cultivate healthy foundations for youth and promote strong families. AZYP's programs utilize a three-pronged approach to accomplish our mission and all of our programs fit into one of the following strategies:
• Cultivating Healthy Foundations for Youth: AZYP provides a combination of relationship education, afterschool programs and youth leadership programs. Our programs equip youth to focus on setting goals and prevent teen pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse and anti-social behaviours. Over the past 20 years, AZYP has grown to serve 28 school districts across 11 counties in Arizona with funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services and Federal grants from the Administration of Children and Families. Our youth programs include the following: Wake UP!™ Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education Program, Healthy Relationship Education using Choosing The Best and Teen Outreach Program curricula funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Classroom and afterschool programs using Botvin's LifeSkills Training and Positive Action curricula, and a 21 day shelter for homeless youth in Kingman funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children
• Promoting Strong Families: AZYP family programs offer practical knowledge, strategies and attitudes for sustaining positive marriage and family life. Our current family programs include the following: Stronger Families Project—funded by the Arizona Parents Commission through the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families, which utilize the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 curriculum, Building Futures for Families—this program is funded by the Office of Family Assistance at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children serves low-income families with an integration of job/career development resources and marriage/relationship/fatherhood education. AZYP offers this program in Pima, Pinal and Gila Counties in collaboration with Interfaith Community Services and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest.
• Mobilizing Communities through Coalitions: Consistent with its mission, AZYP has assisted coalitions to obtain resources and facilitate community-wide change. AZYP has developed eight (8) coalitions and mobilized resources to implement and continue their strategic action plans. AZYP was awarded a federal Drug Free Communities grant in the Mohave County to fund the Young Adult Development Association of Havasu coalition.
• New Strategic Initiatives: Open Doors Community School, Inc is a subsidiary non-profit established by Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) formed for the purpose of applying to open a K-8 charter school in rural Marana, AZ. Open Doors Community School represents an opportunity to integrate AZYP's proven programs into our own small public school environment focused on academic excellence, removing barriers to learning and opening doors of opportunity for our students and their families through the Community School model. In November 2010, as part of a strategic plan to deepen the impact of our programs, the AZYP Board of Directors determined to seek a charter from the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools to open a charter school in rural Marana that integrates an academic success program with our proven prevention programs. Open Doors Community School was awarded a charter by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools on January 23, 2012. The founding of Open Doors Community School in August 2013 fulfils a vision to deliver a quality academic success program in one of our initial communities of focus in Arizona—the Town of Marana.