New Pathways for Youth

Posted on February 25, 2016 • Category: Community Involvement

By Zackary Moran-Norris

When Leon Peralta walked into the New Pathways for Youth center for the first time in 1989, he had no idea that his life would be transformed the way it was.

Peralta, who graduated from the program when he was 16, came from a low-income family and struggled with living in a community where violence was an everyday occurrence.

“I was in an environment where there was a lot of drugs and gangs,” he…

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AZ CEOs See Schools as Key Weakness

Posted on February 18, 2016 • Category: High School Graduation

A survey of business executives in Arizona has found that nearly three-quarters of the survey’s respondents saw improving K-12 as the most important task for local governments, and 56 percent saw boosting K-12 funding as the state’s biggest job. Similarly, many of the executives wanted better-trained workers and more funds for higher education without abandoning pro-business tax policies.

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Photo: Nick Oza, The Republic

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Kindergarten Bootcamp

Posted on February 15, 2016 • Category: Preschool Enrollment

By Nicholas Latona

Innumerable research shows that a child’s brain is over 90 percent developed by the time he or she reaches 5 years old. “A child’s brain is like a sponge” may be a tired metaphor, but the truth behind it cannot be understated.

Unfortunately, only 37 percent of Arizona’s 3 and 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschool, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means a large majority of children will potentially enter kindergarten at…

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