- Community name: Scottsdale
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- Population: 213,788
- Graduation rate: 89.0%
- Youth poverty rate: 6.2%
America's Promise Alliance named Scottsdale one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People for the fifth time because the community continues to broaden and strengthen its support for young people. The City of Scottsdale’s Department of Human Services’ Five Year Plan serves as a strategic approach to identify and address the needs of the community. Recently, the plan was modified to recognize youth as a priority and incorporate after-school programs, prevention services and education efforts with the intent to improve student achievement and encourage students to excel. Scottsdale is committed to ensuring more children and families have access to health care through the city’s NOAH Clinic, which served 1,385 children with primary care services and 550 routine well child care visits last year. Scottsdale’s Service-Learning Program and Teen Employment Program (STEP) provide students with leadership, career exploration and volunteer opportunities. Youth engagement is a priority in Scottsdale where more than a third of students serve on the the Scottsdale Library Teen Advisory Board The city’s hard work is reflected in its 89 percent graduation rate.
- Scottsdale Library Teen Advisory Boards create opportunities for teens to assist in the original design of the Teen Centers.
- The Scottsdale School's Service Learning Program requires participant students create and lead one project a semester as well as complete eighty hours of community service.
- The Scottsdale Neighborhoods in Action group is led by Scottsdale Prevention Institute's Centro de la Familia, which works with the Boys and Girls Club, local police, City Recreation and Human Services to provide education about drugs, alcohol, curfew and crime prevention.
- Scottsdale Healthcare NOAH Clinic has provided medical care to 1.385 children and dental care to almost two thousand.
- Project CORE operates a program for ninth grades who are identified as high risk to provide them with more attention in smaller classes, with the same teachers and support groups.
- Scottsdale's Teen Employment Program (STEP) offers advice to teens about writing resumes, job searching and interviewing to prepare them for the post-academic world.
Sports teams, Boy Scouts and community events like the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot and Fourth of July festivities played a huge role in helping me break out of my comfort zone when I was younger and helped set me up for greater school and community involvement later in life.
Learning has always been exciting because of the way Scottsdale teachers have presented their subjects. My caring teachers offer stimulating lessons and push me to do my best. They are the reason that I am enrolled in all Honors and AP classes.