2019 CDF Awards

Arizona Center for Youth Resources - Building Self-Sufficiency through Pathways to Career Success
Funding will support Arizona Center for Youth Resource’s Pathways to Career Success – a 12-month program that creates a skilled, well-educated, demand-driven workforce. The program will identify and provide opportunities for 240 economically-disadvantaged youth in order to gain the knowledge and skills required to enter higher-wage career pathways in one of four innovative collaborative middle-skill career paths:  Barista, Security Guard, A+ Training and Customer Service.

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. - Health Careers Pathways Initiatives
Funding will be used to implement a Healthcare Careers Pathways Initiative, a partnership with Maricopa Community College District and other post-secondary providers, offering short-term entry solutions into several healthcare career tracks.  The initiative will serve approximately 240 participants who will learn about opportunities in the healthcare sector and then, if academically ready, are given the opportunity to complete the short-term training necessary for entry-level employment in their chosen career track.

Centerpoint for Hope - Trauma Informed Vehicle
Funding will support a 12-month program across Phoenix in partnership with Community Bridges, Terros Health and first responders across Phoenix to better assist those in need.  Centerpoint’s Trauma Informed Vehicle works alongside Police, Fire, Red Cross, FEMA and community health providers to provide on-site connections to local psychological resources/support, and the technological linkages to enable connections for family and friends in times of crisis, and access to mobile health services. Their vehicle also serves as an onsite hub for triage, planning, and trauma-informed care.

Desert Botanical Garden - Spaces of Opportunity
Funding will support the further development of one of the nation’s largest urban farms, a 19-acre farm, garden and market on a piece of vacant land owned by the Roosevelt School District.  The past three years have been spent on designing the site with input and support from residents, adding nutrients to the soil and building the farm, community garden and basic infrastructure.  The first farmers market was launched in the winter of 2017 with plans to hold these on an ongoing basis.  Local youth will be engaged in the business of farming and selling produce at farmer’s markets and guiding them through the business of selling at farmers markets.

Girl Scouts-AZ Cactus-Pine Council - STEM Programming
Funding will support the delivery, program creation and materials for 75 STEM programs that will serve approximately 3,000 girls in underserved areas and girls who might not otherwise participate in Girl Scout programs.  Throughout the year, and including the summer months, STEM programs are offered to K-12 girls living within the Council’s jurisdiction.  GS is collaborating with ASU and professors to bring engineering badge programs, a video game design series, coding workshops and overnight chemist experiences for hundreds of girls in the state.

HonorHealth Foundation - HonorHealth Bridge to Success in Healthcare Careers
Funding will be used to develop and launch the HonorHealth Bridge to Success in Healthcare Careers program.  The program is two-fold, it seeks to address the challenge of meeting the community’s healthcare needs by preparing candidates for the growing number of healthcare positions and creating a viable pathway for working-poor individuals out of poverty and into jobs earning a livable wage with career advancement opportunities.  HonorHealth will work in collaboration with their nonprofit community assistance subsidiary, Desert Mission, to seek candidates for the pilot program enrolling a total of 80 individuals over a one-year period.

Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. - STEM and Career Literacy Education for Low-Income Phoenix Students
Funding will support JA’s, You’re Hired program and STEM workshops for 464 primarily low-income high school students in Phoenix area schools.  The You’re Hired program prepares students for the workplace, specifically teaching critical STEM and workforce readiness skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to achieve success as adults and attain the careers of the future.  The program combines 5-7 volunteer-led, in-classroom lessons that focus on STEM and workforce readiness concepts.  21st Century Skills such as collaboration and teamwork in the workplace, and how to solve problems creatively are provided by JA to all students as part of the in-classroom lessons.  The program serves approximately 1,300 students per year – 560 of whom come from Phoenix area high schools, 50% are low-income and 57% are ethnic minorities.

Live and Learn - Live and Learn Program
Funding will support Live and Learn’s women education empowerment training program for 180 women.  Program components include career guidance, job training, mentoring and financial assistance.  Live and Learn also assist women with educational costs, emergency assistance, and many other benefits on an as-needed basis.  They provide structured, individualized support focused on the five crucial aspects needed to reach economic independence:  education, career training, psycho-social support, life-skills development, and financial literacy.  Many of their clients are the first in their families to earn a high school diploma, the first to attain a secondary degree, and the first to pursue a professional career.

Native American Connections, Inc. - NAC Youth Workforce Development Initiative
Funding will support NAC in implementing a workforce development program to connect homeless youth with employment opportunities in the local hospitality and restaurant industries along with ongoing support services.  NAC is partnering with the Opportunities for Youth (OFY) Initiative at the ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.  OFY is a coalition of governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, colleges/universities, and employers who collectively create and implement career and educational pathway programs.  This initiative will combine NAC’s experience in homeless services with OFY’s interest in training youth in marketable and transferable workforce skills and identifying sustainable pathways to local industry positions.  NAC anticipates serving 120 youth who will benefit from this program once all training partners are in place.

Neighborhood Ministries, Inc. - Building Pathways to Economic Mobility
Funding will support Neighbors at Work in assisting 140 youth (ages 16-24 who are disconnected or at-risk of becoming disconnected from school and work) transition from poverty to economic self-sufficiency by empowering them to advance their education and career skills, secure/maintain employment, and earn a livable wage.  This will be accomplished by promoting academic attainment, helping youth develop essential life skills, equipping youth to succeed in the workforce, and increasing financial literacy.  The program helps participants advance into higher wage jobs by providing assistance to enroll in and pay for advanced occupational certificate and degree programs.  Their workforce development program ensures all participants have access to the comprehensive services they need to be stable, contributing members of the community.

Rehoboth Community Development Corp. - Financial Opportunity Center & Urban Stimulus Initiative
Funding will support Rehoboth CDC in launching the Financial Opportunity Center & Urban Stimulus Initiative to create economic empowerment opportunities for under-served low to moderate income people within Canyon Corridor Neighborhoods and urban Phoenix.  The goals of the program are to impact 75 individuals/families out of the 500 VITA participants working with Rehoboth and to provide integrated or “bundled” services which include the LISC tenets of financial sustainability:  job counseling together with financial coaching that lead to personal upward mobility.

Seed Spot - Empowering Low-to-Moderate Income Entrepreneurs
Funding will support SEED SPOT in serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) early-stage entrepreneurs who earn $49,999 (or less) and face significant barriers in accessing entrepreneurial opportunity.  With funding, SEED SPOT will offer two signature programs targeting 25 LMI entrepreneurs; the 2-Day Launch Camp and Impact Accelerator to help these entrepreneurs launch and accelerate ventures with social impact. SEED SPOT’s program curriculum includes specific units on raising capital, team formation, and leadership.  The 2DLC provides 22 hours of educational content and the Impact Accelerator is 80 hours of education content facilitated over eight weeks to help coach entrepreneurs that already have some early traction on their idea but looking to scale up operations.

UMOM New Day Centers - UMOM Workforce Development, Vocational Training & Education
Funding will support UMOM in supporting their current workforce development efforts and their on-site Workforce Development/Employment Center.  UMOM is investing resources into the center that will assist all the populations they serve.  The Center will offer a computer lab, training rooms for one-on-one and group meetings, work readiness items (tools, uniforms, bus passes, etc.) and connections to community resources.  Objectives of UMOM’s workforce development and vocational training are to secure 350 jobs for UMOM clients and engage 60 clients in homegrown training.  This center not only serves as a place to help individuals get jobs, but a single stop for getting the resources needed to retain employment.