Chandler, Arizona

 

  • Community name: Chandler, Ariz.
  • Community or city website
  • Population: 242,522 people
  • Graduation rate: 92.0 percent
  • Youth poverty rate: 6.6 percent 

Overview

America's Promise Alliance named Chandler one of America's 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2011 because of Chandler’s consistent commitment to successfully identifying issues within the community and actively implementing programs to improve the overall quality of life, education and health care for its children. Through peer-led programs such as ICAN and Destination College, Chandler offers unique opportunities for children to work closely with mentors and community role models. The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse experienced great success in its efforts to curb teen alcohol and drug consumption. In the past five years, there has been a 72.2 percent decrease in adults willing to purchase alcohol for a minor. By cutting through organizational red tape, Chandler makes youth a community priority and graduates an impressive 92 percent of students from secondary education. Its 2011 recognition marks the fifth win for Chandler in the competition.

Community Programs

  • ICAN focuses on substance abuse and gang prevention for high-risk youth ages 5 to 18 in the Chandler Redevelopment Area, and is implemented by Peer Leaders in the community.
  • Chandler CARE Center  provides free medical treatment including well-child checkups, immunizations,  sports physicals and free eye examinations to children of families with little or no income.
  • The Chandler Education Foundation realizes college is attainable for every child in the district and provides summer and intersession learning programs for children in Title I schools, designed to prevent learning loss during school breaks.
  • Destination College program sends Chandler's sixth graders to CGCC college for three weeks during the summer to experience college life, in the anticipation students will become excited about pursuing their own graduate-level degree.  

Youth Voices

I began high school thinking 100 hours of community service for Vision College Bound (VCB) was too overwhelming and a far reach just for a few dollars towards college. As a current graduating senior, my dedication to receive those hours has developed me into a lifelong community service volunteer seeking a medical degree to continue my volunteer efforts.

 —Kyle

My community Chandler is very special to me. For one, the school provides a D.A.R.E program which teaches us why it’s bad to smoke or drink when you’re older or underage. I love this because it showed me that my community cares about my friends and me.

—Taylor