2018 CDF Awards

ACCEL - Group Supported Employment Program Development Project
ACCEL’s Group Supported Employment Program (GSE Program) is designed specifically to meet the job training needs of adults with severe disabilities.  Funding will leverage matching funds to establish the program designed specifically to meet the job training needs of Phoenix adults with disabilities.  A Work Skills Instructor provides training on general workplace skills such as applying for jobs, interviewing, participating in performance evaluations and interacting appropriately with customers, coworkers and supervisors.  As adults progress through the program, they have the opportunity of transitioning into employment with a cafeteria food service business to secure and maintain employment in the community.

Phoenix City Council District 1 

Catholic Charities Community Services, Inc. - Workforce Development for Homeless Veterans
CCCS’s workforce development is key to helping veterans find stable employment through MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House.  MANA House is a permanent transitional living facility for veterans experiencing homelessness.  Funding will support new workforce development initiatives for homeless veterans living at MANA House.  Veterans will receive educational and workforce development programs, including access to a computer lab to assist with technical skills and competencies, food service training in an expanded kitchen and in a coffee roastery business.  Veterans will also receive wrap-around services of case management, health and wellness, housing, counseling, recovery support and transportation, all designed to give veterans experiencing homelessness the jumpstart they need to lead lives of long-term stability and prosperity.

Phoenix City Council District 4 

The Heard Museum - Second Saturdays at the Heard
The Heard Museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art.  The Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.  Funding will support a series of themed marketplaces to feature 20-30 selling artists.  The series will create opportunities for artists to engage with art-buyers, develop professional skills, and support annual incomes.  Twice during the series, artists will be invited to participate in seminars that offer practical learning in marketing, financial management, and planning.

Phoenix City Council District 4 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Inc. - Real World Job Development – Entrepreneurial Program
Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that provides behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds.  Funding will facilitate the project design and implementation of the Real World Job Development entrepreneurship pilot project.  JFCS will work with youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and out of work over an 18-24 month period to complete the NFTE Venture course, the EDTEC Youth Entrepreneur curriculum, and participate in an internship with local businesses.  The program will track participants’ housing status, progress toward educational goals, and employment retention for a full-year following the completion of the program.

Phoenix City Council District 4 

A Stepping Stone Foundation - LEAF (Literacy Elevates Arizona Families)
LEAF (Literacy Elevates Arizona Families) is a high quality, two-generation, literacy-based program, offering tuition-free preschool to disadvantaged children ages 3-4 with the skills and confidence to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, while preparing their parents to support them throughout their school years.  Funding will provide 40 families with preschool, English and/or GED preparation education, home visits, parenting classes and intergenerational activities attending Westwood Elementary and Bret Tarver Isaac Preschools.  LEAF goals are to prepare preschool-aged children for success in school, promote adult literacy and English language mastery; and provide parenting education so parents can support the developmental growth of their children. 

Phoenix City Council District 4 

Educare - Early Childhood Development Teacher Training & Credentialing Program
The mission of Educare is to ensure vulnerable young children are successful in school and life by providing high quality early learning, family support, and health care and by acting as an unequivocal voice for early childhood practice and policy.  Funding will support Educare’s Child Development Associate Credential program enabling low-income Educare and other Head Start program parents to begin new careers, while improving early childhood education for hundreds of young children. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education.  Collaboration with Phoenix College and Arizona State University provide opportunities for continued education in a supportive environment.

Phoenix City Council District 6

Common Sense Arizona
Common Sense, is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  Common Sense provides ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites based on its learning potential, as well as professional development to help educators enrich student learning using technology.  Funding will assist Common Sense in raising awareness among the state’s parents, teachers, and educators about the impact of media and technology on children and their developing minds; build families and educator’s knowledge, skills, and confidence in how to promote their children’s digital well-being and guide them in using technology safely and responsibly; and empower Arizona’s youth to use technology safely and responsibly.

Phoenix City Council District 6

Stand for Children Leadership Center - Every Child Reads (ECR)
Stand for Children Leadership Center’s mission is to ensure all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education.  Funding will support SFCLC’s Every Child Reads program.  ECR supports parents and guardians in developing a plan to increase, both personally and actively in their school, increase enrollment in quality kindergarten, regular school attendance, reading at home (family literacy), and increase quality English language learning options.  The goal of ECR is to boost enrollment and attendance rates with an overall goal of increasing reading proficiencies across all grade levels within partnering school districts.

Phoenix City Council District 7

Armory UP, LLC - The Armory Incubator Veteran Entrepreneur Workforce Development Project
The Armory Incubator helps high-potential military veterans launch and scale business startups.  Based in downtown Phoenix, the Armory aims to establish Arizona as the national epicenter of veteran entrepreneurship.  Funding will assist the Armory to scale to 40 founding teams of high-potential veteran entrepreneurs and provide entrepreneur workforce development tools and support to help veterans launch and scale startups.  The Armory provides co-working space, applied instruction in lean startup methodologies, networking, training events, mentorship, selected back office business services, and introductions to capital sources for local military veterans seeking to become entrepreneurs.

Phoenix City Council District 8

The Arizona Science Center - CREATE U After School Challenge
The Arizona Science Center’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science.  Since its inception, ASC has been known for offering hands-on interactive experiences.  ASC programs are designed in accordance with studies that prove that learning by doing helps students perform better in science.  Funding will support ASC’s CREATE U After School Challenge program.  The CREATE U After School Challenge program is a unique model in the community, exposing students to career opportunities through hands-on maker-learning, stewarded by skilled mentors.  This structured 13 week after school experience introduces students in grades 6-10 from under-resourced schools to concepts and tools for creative engineering and applied problem-solving and to career opportunities they may not otherwise be aware of. 

Phoenix City Council District 8

Local First Arizona Foundation - Fuerza Local Business Accelerator in South Phoenix
The mission of Local First Arizona Foundation is to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating citizens about entrepreneurship, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship, and collaboration.  Funding will assist Fuerza Local in expanding their programming to serve 48 entrepreneurs/businesses over the next 12 months, targeting South Phoenix.  Fuerza Local is a 6-month business accelerator program, serving Latino microentrepreneurs with structured business curriculum that provides businesses with access to fair market capital. 

Phoenix City Council District 8

Southwest Human Development - Early Language and Literacy: An Investment in the Future
The mission of Southwest Human Development is to strengthen the foundation of Arizona’s children.  SWD strives to help children establish a healthy foundation by preventing problems before they rise, or, when they already exist, to intervene as early and effectively as possible.  Funding will assist in expanding early language and literacy outcomes for low income children/families in Phoenix.  Programs include Raising A Reader, Reach Out and Read, and Tell Me a Story.  The programs will serve 21,200 children, parents, caregivers, and distribute 8,300 books (to be matched dollar-for-dollar by Reading is Fundamental).

Phoenix City Council District 8

Year Up Inc. - Year Up Arizona Summer/Fall 2018 Cohort

Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  Funding will support the delivery of Year Up’s innovative workforce development program to 120 underserved young adults in the greater Phoenix area.  The program will provide the marketable, in-demand skills needed to secure financial independence and mobility and build successful pathways toward higher education.  Students are eligible to earn up to 30 college credits and a weekly educational stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, social services staff, and a network of community-based partners.

Phoenix City Council District 8

Trellis – Homeownership Center

Trellis’ Homeownership Center provides families throughout Maricopa County with homebuyer education, housing counseling, new construction and/or acquisition rehabilitation services, realty services and access to mortgage loan programs.  Funding will enable Trellis to continue its work in building healthier communities and increasing homeownership for hundreds of families in Phoenix.

Phoenix City Council District  8

City of Phoenix Citywide Service Plan

The Volunteer Phoenix Service Plan was developed to  coordinate volunteer and service efforts across all City departments, including partnerships  with non-profit organizations, businesses and neighborhood groups.  The overall goal of the Service Plan is to ensure that all service efforts support key citywide priorities identified through community engagement efforts and by the mayor, City Council, city manager and the executive team.  Funding will support the three key priorities: Love Your Block PHX, Resilient PHX and PHX C.A.R.E.S.  The three initiatives are designed to improve and retain skills and knowledge needed to support low-incomed communities, focusing on blight reduction, access to healthy foods, youth engagement, senior support, and economic development.

Phoenix City Council District 8

Vista College Prep
Vista College was founded in 2013 as a flagship elementary school in central Phoenix serving a primarily low-income Latino population.  VCP is a free character school with a longer school day, small class sizes, and teachers who firmly believe that all students can achieve academic success if they have access to a high-quality education.  VCP operates a K-5 campus in downtown Phoenix and has opened their second campus in Maryvale.  Funding will specifically support VCP as they add a sixth grade at their VCP-Hadley campus and grow from K-2 to K-3 at their Maryvale campus.

Phoenix City Council District 4 and 6


For more information, please contact Lydia Lee at (602) 534-9655 or 
llee@phoenixida.com.