SpeakOut AZ sits squarely at the intersection of the Center’s work on education and civic health. We believe that schools are a powerful vehicle to engage Arizonans in civic life. And when our communities are more connected and engaged, our schools and students will thrive.
Arizonans agree that education must be a top priority. Schools need our help, however the full contributions of Arizona’s citizens remain untapped. Research shows that civically-engaged communities tend to be stronger, healthier and more connected overall. Furthermore, evidence suggests that high-quality community engagement efforts in schools lead to better educational outcomes for students.
Imagine if we all discovered our role and did our part to support schools by tutoring students, volunteering in our schools, running for school board, advocating for education or making our teachers feel valued. We need the contributions of every Arizonan to create a world-class education system.