CDF Awards Fiscal Year 2014

In FY 2013-2014, the Phoenix IDA, awarded $174,650 to programs in Education and Economic/Community Development.  Following are the award recipients:

Great Hearts Academies
Education.  Hosted by Maryvale Preparatory and Teleos Preparatory Academies, the Teach For America Summer Institute (the “Institute”) was an intensive five-week training program that prepared Teach For America (TFA) corps members for their teaching experience.  Funding supported the Institute by providing a summer educational enrichment program to the traditionally underserved students of Maryvale and Teleos Prep Academies as well as surrounding Phoenix schools while providing training and mentorship for TFA corps members who teach summer school to help their students master critical content for the fall.  Coursework is designed to help corps members establish a bold vision for summer school, and learn essential teaching frameworks curricula and lesson planning skills, while building relationships within their school and community.  Corps members also work with experienced teachers who observe and coach them to improve their skills quickly throughout the summer.  By the end of the Institute, corps members have developed a foundation of knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to be effective beginning teachers, make an immediate impact on students, and build relationships that will support them through their corps experience.

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Phoenix Public Library
Education.  The first annual Jerome E. Miller "JEM" Summer Leadership Academy held from June 23-27, 2014 included 25 high school students from across the city of Phoenix.  The students were from diverse backgrounds, the majority of which were low-income and first-generation.  Funding provided the students selected to participate an opportunity to experience two college campuses and earn college credit.  During this five-day program, students were exposed to city leaders and careers via a day-long job shadowing experience.  Throughout this academy, the students learned college planning and civic engagement.  The students earned one college credit by completing MGT105 Leadership for Citizenship, during Day 2 on the Phoenix College campus.

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Phoenix Youth and Education STEAM Fund
Education.  The Youth and Education Office introduced a STEAM mini-grant program targeting K-12th grade Phoenix area schools that are Title 1 with a diverse student population and that have a high percentage of students on the free and reduced lunch program.  Funding supported mini-grants to be offered through the Youth and Education Office to Phoenix area schools.  The mini-grants provided needed supplies for teachers to effectively deliver instruction to encourage discovery and exploratory learning and to help students actively engage in experimentation and problem solving to reach a solution.

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Arizona Community Foundation
Economic/Community Development.  The PlanPHX Project was a collaboration with residents about the future of Phoenix.  As a result of more than 13,000 ideas from more than 150 meetings and from the project’s interactive website (, a new vision and blueprint was built around the promise of creating a Connected Oasis.  This project was intended to serve as the foundation for Phoenix’s future and be the guiding principle in the update of the Phoenix General Plan.  Funding supported the PlanPHX Community Summit and the Village Collaboration and Training effort.

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Discovery Triangle Development
Economic/Community Development.  The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (DTDC) launched and operates a mobile fresh produce market.  “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” sells fresh, affordable, and high-quality fruits and vegetables from a retrofitted Valley Metro bus.  Funding assisted the pilot program which began in late February 2014 in the Balsz neighborhood with the mobile market operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Route stops were made at local schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other key community gathering places in this neighborhood.  In addition to the produce available for purchase (which is sold at cost), community health resources are available to residents to include, nutrition education, healthy food demonstrations and health screenings.  

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Brunson-Lee Elementary School 
Education.  Brunson-Lee Elementary School (“BLES”) is located within the Balsz Elementary School District #31 (“BESD”).  The goal of the project was to build a lighted youth baseball field on the BLES campus.  A secondary goal was to serve the 571 BESD students living within the BLES attendance zone, as well as the Camelback East Little League, older youth and adult community members.  Over the past several years, parents, students and residents had voiced their concerns that there were not enough meaningful, safe and structured activities for youth outside of school, and that there were not enough green spaces for children to play and people to connect.  The build-out of this field is a symbol to the community that multiple stakeholders heard their voices and are invested in making a difference.

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Phoenix Parks Foundation 
Economic/Community Development.  The Phoenix Parks Foundation was established in 1979 to assist the City of Phoenix by enhancing and maintaining an engaging, well-equipped, safe park and preserve system for all to enjoy.  Funding to the Parks Foundation supported two projects:  the Cesar Chavez Dog Park Improvement Fund and the Baseline Corridor Forestry Maintenance, Replacement and Removal Fund.  The Cesar Chavez Dog Park Improvement Fund provided an opportunity for residents and other funders to augment the City of Phoenix investment in the park.  The Baseline Corridor Forestry Maintenance, Replacement and Removal Fund expedited the repair and replacement of mature shade trees in the Baseline Corridor and served as a pilot program to identify innovations, efficiencies and partnerships that can be translated to other parts of the City.

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Economic/Community Development.  SEED SPOT believes in supporting entrepreneurs that are launching innovative ideas that improve lives, make communities stronger, and create positive social change.  Funding supported SEED SPOT’s full-time 4-month program that helps provide selected recruits with office space, education through a 14-month curriculum, mentorship, access to a network of successful local entrepreneurs, resources, tools, templates, and opportunity to secure capital.

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