We are inspired by the deep commitment of Arizona’s leadership at many levels. The Governor’s office has been instrumental in supporting this public partnership with Arizona’s philanthropic sector.
Many public agencies and non-profits that share a commitment to improving the lives of foster youth have joined forces to leverage our efforts and amplify results. We are inspired by the capacity of these agencies to find common ground, in a spirit of creativity, and embrace our shared responsibility to get this right for this incredible group of young people.
- Arizona Community Foundation
- Arizona First Advised Fund, Arizona Community Foundation
- The Blessings Fund, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
- Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
- Eaglet Fund
- Ellis Center for Educational Excellence, Arizona Community Foundation
- Helios Education Foundation
- Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
- Kahn Family Legacy Fund
- Kieckhefer Foundation
- William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund
- May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
- Southern Arizona Community Impact Fund
- Troller Fund
- Ventana Charitable Foundation
- Waze Foundation
- Dr. Samuel and Sylvia Zaidenberg Endowment Fund
Pima County Partners
- Arizona Children’s Association
- Casey Family Programs
- Children’s Action Alliance
- Community Partners, Inc.
- Division of Children, Youth and Families, Pima Region
- Governor’s Office, Southern Region
- Indigenous Strategies
- Pima Community College
- Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training
- Pima County Juvenile Court Center
- Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
- Pima Joint Technological Education District
- Sunnyside Unified School District
- Tucson Unified School District
- United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
As FosterEd’s volunteer program comes to an end, we take a look back at the program’s many accomplishments. This report summarizes the five-year span when FosterEd Arizona collaborated with the communities that surround our students and engaged volunteers as Educational Champions, Academic Guides, and Success Coaches for students in foster care. It features our diverse group of volunteers and includes key takeaways that summarize our growth and the goals we achieved as a program.
Engaging volunteers in any organization should be beneficial to the individuals giving energy and time, the populations they serve, and the organization itself. FosterEd Arizona has managed a volunteer program that supported young people in foster care striving towards their educational goals and simultaneously raised awareness in our communities, creating advocates out of educators, students, and parents.
As sole coordinator of the FosterEd Arizona Volunteer Program, I am incredibly proud of the connections that volunteers of all different backgrounds made with our students. Every match, every goal, and every champion has made an impact in these young people’s lives.
Our volunteer program’s ethos was beautifully summed up by longtime volunteer Sue Vardon when she reminded me, “I don’t expect things to suddenly happen. Our job, as adults who work with kids, is to plant seeds, even if you don’t get to see what grows.”
– Arayah Larson, Associate Director of Community Engagement