Phoenix Indian Center Receives U.S. Department of Education Grant of Over $2 Million

Posted by Joseph Haley on 10/7/2015

The Phoenix Indian Center received a U.S. Department of Education grant of over $2 million for four years, to help Native American youth become college and career-ready.   Phoenix Union students will benefit from the grant. 

Under the new Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP),  the  FINAL program provides intensive career exploration, employer skills, family and youth direct support (navigation services focusing on health, housing and behavioral health), college going skills and visits, and a mentorship component. The program has several partners coming together to link their services to the success of the youth participants.  Partners in the program are Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, Mesa Public Schools, Phoenix Union High School District, Native American Connections and Native Health.

The FINAL program currently provides services to high-school aged American Indian young men, a program responding to the components of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper.  With this new funding, the FINAL program will be adding service to high-school aged American Indian young ladies.