Research and References

  • Dr. Ingrid Burkett, Co-designing for Social Good: The Role of Citizens in Designing and Delivering Social Services. This was originally written as a series of blogs for the Centre for Social Impact, Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary – General, Digital Youth, Empower – Engage – Participate | Reference
  • The Project on Workforce, Aligning College and Career, Alexis Farmer, Ethan Lyle, Melanie Shimano | Reference
  • Aligning Workforce Develop with the Needs of The Community, A Geographic Analysis of Community Needs and Resources Within Phoenix, Arizona, Ricardo Duran, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University May 13, 2021
  • An Introduction to Co-design, By Dr. Ingrid Burkett, Social Design Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW, originally written as a series of blogs for the Centre for Social Impact | Reference
  • Arizona Center for Student Success, Goal is to increase community college completion in Arizona | Reference
  • GPWLA CoLab 1 Interviewees DES Roundtable, Chevera Trillo, Stacey Faulkner, Kelly Hart, 1/5/2022
  • CSW Chioke Interview notes, Chioke Mose-Telesford, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW)
  • GNO-The Greater New Orleans Jobs Report 2020, Jonathan Matessino, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America | Reference
  • Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, Vice President for Workforce Innovation at Jobs for the Future, (JFF), Horizons Podcast, Education Meets Employment – The need for Collaboration, 10.28.2021 | Reference
  • Implementing Individual Career and Academic Plans at Scale | Reference
  • JFF Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning | Reference
  • JFF Interview, 12/13/2021, Joel Vargas, Vice President of Programs, Charlotte, Cahill, Senior Director of Pathways to Prosperity
  • JFF Better Connecting Secondary to Postsecondary, Education: Lessons and Policy Recommendations from the Great Lakes, Taylor Maag, Leah Moschella, and David Altstadt, April 2021 | Reference
  • JFF The Big Blur | Reference
  • JFF Labs, Market Scan Career Navigation Technology | Reference
  • The Microlearning Moment in Workplace Learning, Sean Gallagher, Columnist, EdSurge 11/22/2021
  • Bloomberg Harvard, City Leadership Initiative, Preparing Phoenix for the Future of Work, A Policy Roadmap for the Regional Skills System, Rodrigo Dorador, Bloomberg-Harvard Summer Fellow, City of Phoenix, 9/9/2020
  • Required Elements for Submission of Local Plan Modifications (2020-2023) by Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Issued Date: 12/1/2021 | Reference
  • This Employer-Aligned & Stackable College Bootcamp Delivers, By Shalin Jyotishi, 3/10/2021 "Mesa Community College and the Boeing Company partnered to create a for-credit bootcamp with an impressive set of outcomes. | Reference
  • Youthforce Nola Connecting Students to Career Success

Our Process

Team Info

Catalytic Actions

Labor Market Report with Youth Pathways

Identify regional examples and convene workforce partners to explore Greater Phoenix approach and potential funding partners

Regional Youth Employment Coalition

Convene organizations with youth employment programs to discuss coalition and resource sharing, consider combining sub-regional efforts in regional efforts

Youth Workforce and Employment Directory

Invite organizations to create a shared directory and add detail to employment practices and outcomes

Youth Workforce and Employment Directory

Step 1

Encourage cities, towns, workforce providers and career services offices to collaborate within a shared youth-supportive employer directory, identifying companies with programs and practices which support career development through employment as an entry or supportive pathway element.

Step 2

Broaden employer awareness, particularly amongst small and mid-sized employers of the directory and invite companies to add their information to the directory.

Step 3

Associate job descriptions, openings and job posts with the Employer Directory and publish job information for Career Navigators, Students, Youth and Youth Providers.

Regional Youth Employment Coalition

Step 1

Collect sub-regional youth employment efforts, such as summer employment programs, work based experience opportunities, and audience-specific employment, also Opportunity Youth supportive-employment in a regional format with searchable openings.

Step 2

Identify career pathway alignment and progression of opportunities. Example: Year 1 Job Shadow, Year 2 Internship, Year 3 Mentored OJT for Cyber Security oriented students.

Labor Market Report with Youth Pathways Detail

Step 1

Examine regional reports around the nation to determine the types of content which Greater Phoenix can mirror, expand or initiate.

Step 2

Access and analyze data around enrollment, service access, and employment to create data and goal metrics for Youth Workforce support and navigation.

Step 3

Collaborate to build and fund an annual report highlighting key pathways, training, and employment entry points for Greater Phoenix Youth.

Student Youth Access Points

Arizona Poised for Rapid Growth

2021 AZ Board of Regents

Community college enrollments


Four-year degree enrollments


2021 Arizona Board of Regents Attainment Report

Arizona job growth

U.S. employment is projected to grow from 2020 to 2030 by only 0.7% annually.

Arizona employment is projected to grow from 2020 to 2030 by 2.2% annually.


Higher than U.S.

Arizona Youth Survey

In a survey conducted February 9-14, 2022, of 54 Phoenix youth surveyed, 80% stated that they felt they were prepared to enter the workforce.

National Youth Employment

In December 2021, the unemployment rate of 20- to 24-year-old workers was twice that of 25- to 54-year-old workers.


Recommendations - Workforce Support for Youth Career Navigation

  • Labor Market Report with Youth Pathways Detail
  • Regional Youth Employment Coalition
  • Shared Employer Directory

Integrated Tools for



Workforce can improve support for Education and Youth Programs

  • K12 systems and partners offer career exploration, awareness and career pathway resources in a multitude of opportunities which benefit learners
  • Offering regional workforce programming in support of Greater Phoenix educators and learners can increase career pathway activation and encourage supportive employers to build career bridges
  • Labor Market insight, from a workforce perspective, can assist in delivery of career pathway information
  • Career Navigation and Workforce Navigation can be delivered in supportive contexts from youth programming and can align to career content delivered in schools

Workforce Navigation Today

Tools are worlds apart


Our Goal

Increase support from the workforce system to Greater Phoenix Youth in order to:
  • Support Career Pathways and Career Awareness offered by the Education System
  • Promote awareness of workforce services and providers for future utilization
  • Increase connectivity between youth employment and career pathways through collaboration in support of youth employment
  • Improve workforce navigation and access points for youth by introducing workforce system elements through multi-system collaboration

Launching Careers:

Improving Youth Workforce Navigation

When looking at the opportunity to positively influence the workforce galaxy of Greater Phoenix, our team asked the question. "How are people supposed to use the workforce system if they don't know it exists?"

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