- Increase financial stability for 100,000 Maricopa County residents by 2020.
Financial pressures, lack of resources, negative self-image, homelessness and other complex life issues can block young adults from reaching their full potential. Valley of the Sun United Way’s ASPIRE program connects Maricopa County youth ages 14 – 21 with the skills and resources to realize career dreams.
ASPIRE leads young adults – in high school or who have dropped out – to high school graduation or GED, job training and college, or entry into a career. United Way works with partners at Friendly House, Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates, and Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development to provide career coaching Valley-wide.
These targeted training opportunities transform lives and provide widespread community benefits. High school non-graduates are almost twice as likely to live in poverty, be unemployed and receive welfare. ASPIRE participants work hard to build work experience and plan a career.