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Our Goals

Three goals drive our work of improving the lives of young people across Southern Arizona.

Thriving Futures

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Our mission of preparing every child for success in school and life, ensuring the economic vitality of our community, depends on ensuring that all young people have access to education and career pathways that best suit their needs. These pathways are unique, whether it includes learning a trade, attending community college or university, or access to additional help and resources to become reconnected to these paths.

Our community partners are creating innovative solutions to address our community’s needs in the areas of high school graduation, post-secondary education, and re-engagement of Opportunity Youth.

Recent Updates from Thriving Futures

C2C Attends Aspen Opportunity Youth Forum Convening

Representatives from C2C and Youth on the Rise attended the Aspen Opportunity Youth Forum Convening in Austin, TX.

Check Out Photos from the Goodwill REC Opening

More photos from the Youth on the Rise partner Open House.

United Way Donates $200,000 to Goodwill Metro for Youth Reengagement Centers

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona donates $200,000 to support Goodwill Metro’s Reengagement Center expansion.

C2C Attends National Youth Employment Coalition Forum

C2C’s Caroline Lewis attends national conference on youth employment.

United Way’s Young Leaders United Supports Opportunity Youth

Young Leaders United is committed to supporting Opportunity Youth in Pima County.

Young Leaders United Sponsors Opportunity Youth Art Show

Young Leaders United hosted an art show featuring Opportunity Youth artists.

C2C Releases Guide for Supporting Youth Engagement

C2C releases a guide and reflection on fostering authentic youth engagement.

Collaboration and Community Outreach to Promote Youth Resource Platform

C2C attended the AVID Community Night and presented to Pima Community College staff.

“Do You Hear Me Now?”: Opportunity Youth and Civic Engagement

United Youth Leadership Council changes the conversation around civic engagement.

C2C Announces the Launch of Youth Resource Platform

Digital tool is designed as a resource hub for young people in Southern Arizona.

Leaders in Literacy

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Literacy is essential for success in school and skill building. We address this foundational skill by working directly with educators, school districts, and early childcare providers, providing them with opportunities to co-develop strategies and solutions to help all students achieve, equitably. By making small changes within classrooms, we can make a large impact.

We facilitate conversations among our seven district partners, allowing them to learn from each other, implement similar solutions, and replicate successes across Pima County.

Recent Updates from Leaders in Literacy

Leadership Council Connecting our Community

Sometimes amazing things happen from chance conversations. One of our goals at Cradle to Career is to help our leaders connect so that they can collaborate to achieve our shared goals, and we saw this happen with two of our members recently.

Data from Leaders in Literacy Illustrates Program’s Impact

Student and teacher data from partner districts shows a major impact from C2C’s Leaders in Literacy program.

C2C Celebrates the End of the School Year with Marana Early Grade Literacy Teams

Thirty educators from the Marana Unified School District celebrated the end of the school year and their work with Cradle to Career.

C2C Attends National Youth Employment Coalition Forum

C2C’s Caroline Lewis attends national conference on youth employment.

United Way’s Young Leaders United Supports Opportunity Youth

Young Leaders United is committed to supporting Opportunity Youth in Pima County.

Three Educators Honored at United Way’s Business Breakfast

Three area educators honored as Literacy Champions at 18th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast.

Amber Schlak on Love of Reading Week

C2C’s Amber Schlak shares why Love of Reading Week is so important.

Progress and Updates in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math

Partners in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math share updates from the start of the school year.

C2C Receives $70,000 to Support School Partnerships

United Way of Tucson invests in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math.

Middle School Math Change Network: Continuous Improvement

Updates and successes from the Middle School Math Change Network during the 2021-22 school year.

Empowering STEM Innovators

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Developing young minds to learn and apply math skills is a major step toward success in high school, post-secondary education, and their career.

Working with community partners, we are ensuring that every child has a pathway for success and advancement in math and science, allowing them to explore and follow their curiosity along the way.

Recent Updates from Empowering STEM Innovators

Progress and Updates in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math

Partners in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math share updates from the start of the school year.

C2C Receives $70,000 to Support School Partnerships

United Way of Tucson invests in Early Grade Literacy and Middle School Math.

Middle School Math Change Network: Continuous Improvement

Updates and successes from the Middle School Math Change Network during the 2021-22 school year.

Collaboration Promoting Equitable Grading Strategies in Math

The Cradle to Career Partnership and Tucson Regional Educators Collaborative (TREC) are promoting an equitable grading approach.

Middle School Math Change Network Meets to Share Findings from Marana Learning Cohort

The Middle School Math Change Network had their first meeting of 2022.

For more information about the data and figures on this page, visit our Data Dashboard.