Phoenix Arizona


GOALS Program by azhttp
September 4, 2007, 10:05 pm
Filed under: City of Phoenix News

Seventeen Youth Gain Valuable Skills Thanks to the GOALS Program

Seventeen youth living in public housing had the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills while participating in etiquette classes offered through the GOALS program.

The teens attended an eight-week series of professional etiquette classes that taught them how to make a positive impression in business and personal situations.

The GOALS program (Gaining Opportunities Attaining Lifelong Success) is coordinated by the city of Phoenix Housing Department with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program is designed to ensure that youth living in public housing are provided with opportunities to develop essential life skills that broaden their outlooks while addressing their needs.

In addition to the etiquette classes, GOALS members attended several field trips. This year the participants went to Camp Colley near Payson, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, the South Mountain YMCA and a Diamondbacks game. They also received assistance with work study placement, school work and financial aid.

Thirteen-year-old Denalla Mancilla who participated in this year’s program said, “I enjoyed attending the classes and field trips and thought that this program was inspiring. They taught me skills that will help me better myself in the future.”

The GOALS program is based on the “America’s Promise” model, which makes five promises to youth: ongoing relationships with caring adults, safe after-school activities, effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to serve.

Upcoming activities planned for GOALS participants include an overnight camping trip to northern Arizona and the kickoff of the Stay Strong program to encourage kids to eat right and exercise.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/housing or call 602-262-6794.

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