School Connect CAFE

Join a round table conversation with a school principal to learn how you or your organization can work directly with a local school community!

What is a CAFÉ?

A CAFE is a round table conversation between a school principal and the local leaders of their community in which the partners work together to address the needs of neighborhood children and families. Together, they plan projects that will leverage the assets of the community and bring support where it will make the greatest impact. This village of support has the potential to transform a child’s life, a school’s life, and even the entire community.

Expand Your Network

Connect with other motivated leaders to increase your capacity as an individual or an organization

Increase Your Influence

Connected leaders have larger spheres of influence to maximize positive change

Make an Impact on a Child

Share your network, resources, and voice at a local school to increase opportunities for children

Support Your Community

Work together around common goals to better the entire community

Find a CAFÉ near you!


    A CAFÉ helps local leaders leverage the assets of the community and work together to support children and families where they need it most! By funneling this support through local schools, the community knows they are bringing resources to make the greatest possible impact, and outcomes for children begin to change.

    CAFÉs are hosted year-round, but times and locations vary by school or school district. Often school districts will host 2 bi-annual CAFÉ’s and individual schools may meet quarterly.
    No! A CAFÉ engages the entire community and is most effective when the diversity of the community is represented.
    Businesses are important team members! A few examples of opportunities include team building, school improvement projects, mentoring, tutoring, career day, speaking engagements, or joining a school fundraiser!
    Projects are determined by leveraging community assets to meet unique community goals and address areas of need. Projects could include gardening, creating murals, leadership programming, teacher retention or parent engagement initiatives, reading to students, sport clinics, or STEM activities.
    Core to the School Connect model, CAFEs provide a connection point for individuals to meet decision makers and motivated leaders in your community and then network, collaborate, and build relationships around shared vision and common goals!
    Yes! CAFÉ’s can be hosted in-person or virtually depending on the needs and goals of the school or district.
    Yes! The goal at a CAFÉ is to matchmake your unique skills with the goals and needs of the school community! Connect with us to learn more!

    How to Get Involved!

    Love Our Schools

    Join a service project to strategically impact the greatest goals of a school!

    Sponsor a School

    Reach out to support a school project in your area!

    CAFÉ in Action

    Hear from the AZ Dept of Ed about a CAFÉ!

    Training & Coaching

    Find training and coaching to help you reach your goals in ways that fit for your community!

    Teacher Appreciation

    Teacher Retention has a major impact on student outcomes. Let’s show teachers some love!


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    Who Attends a CAFE?

    • school principals
    • business leaders
    • parent org leaders
    • faith leaders
    • first responders
    • district administrators
    • student government
    • local clubs & associations
    • government leaders
    • nonprofit leaders
    • school principals
    • business leaders
    • parent org leaders
    • faith leaders
    • first responders
    • district administrators
    • student government
    • local clubs & associations
    • government leaders
    • nonprofit leaders

      Join Our Village

      Doing this alone is impossible; it takes all of us working together to make a difference.

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      School Connect Champions of Education Awards 2023

      The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

      What a joy it was to be surprised by a generous check from ACE Mentoring to School Connect! We love our partnership with ACE and the deep friendships that have moved the work forward! #passionandpurpose #helpourstudentsthrive
      Just hours away from #SchoolConnectSummit23 … see you at the table, where together we’ll create the future for our children! 

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      We believe in joining forces with the local community to support the future generations. As one organization it is hard to offer support in various different ways, but together we are empowered to team together to provide a multitude of different opportunities for our youth."

We are proud to have Concord joining us as a Champion of Education Sponsor for the #SchoolConnectSummit23 this Jan. 31st!
      Scottsdale Bible Church desires to be part of the village that supports our local schools, students and families! School Connect has helped make that a reality and provided the education and resources to be a champion for kids and schools!  #SchoolConnectSummit23