Job Training Starts Now

“Sometimes being disconnected happens while in school. Sometimes it’s high school kids who just don’t see the connection between what they’re doing in the classroom and any vision for their future. And so yeah, maybe they show up. Maybe they even get a high school diploma. But they aren’t leaving with the skills they need…

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Advocacy in Action-ACYR Edition

Recently while visiting Washington D.C. for the NYEC annual forum, ACYR staff, Sharlet Barnett, CEO, Anel Mercado, Director of Programs and Felix Moran, former opportunity youth and current ACYR Youth Engagement Specialist, had the opportunity to visit with the staff of two Arizona elected officials; Senator Jeff Flake and Congressman Ruben Gallego.  While these were very…

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From the West Side to the House Side

My name is Felix Moran, and I grew up on the West Side of Phoenix, AZ. Being a school drop-out, gang affiliated, and not working was a norm. My friends and I were all kicked out of the public-school system, and we had to enroll in a charter school to complete our education. The small…

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This is how we alleviate poverty

This week marks 25 years since the General Assembly declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Poverty is a multifaceted issue that spans across the globe, and affects many families in the United States. Census data tells us that 40.6 million people live in poverty. While that number has declined…

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Increasing Access to WIOA Services for DACA Recipients

On September 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an eventual end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for individuals who arrived in the United States as children, also known as “Dreamers.” These individuals may be undocumented; may have been granted work permits under DACA; or may be part of mixed-status families containing…

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