Make A Difference

You can impact the causes that you care about for Arizona children simply by connecting your network, resources, and voice to a local school!

Why Connect to a School?

The reality in Arizona, and across the Nation, is that a disproportionate number of children do not have access to resources they need. Oftentimes, a child’s only resource is their school, where they connect to education, structure, food/nutrition, clothing, transportation, belonging and adult/mentor support. Connect to a school to make a difference!

What is at risk for our 1.1 million, K-12 students?

Target Your Resources

Strategically target key needs at a school to leverage your resources for greater impact

Support Children

Know that you are directly impacting a local school to increase opportunities for children

Build Connections

Connect with other leaders who care and are working for positive change in your community

Maximize Your Impact

Your support is maximized year over year as multiple grades and generations attend and graduate

Target YOUR Support!

Because there is a school in EVERY neighborhood, targeted school support can impact outcomes for children in every neighborhood of Arizona. School Connect rallies community stakeholders around local schools from business, nonprofit, faith-based, and community/civic groups to leverage the assets of the community. By working together, we can change the future of Arizona!

  • Increased Academic Achievement
  • More Digital Equity
  • Support for Homeless Students
  • Parent Engagement
  • Student Leadership & Mentoring
  • Equity and Inclusion Awareness
  • Teacher Retention & Support
  • Arts Education & STEM Opportunities
  • Wraparound Services for Families
  • Mental Health Support for Children
  • Reduced Childhood Trauma
  • Increased Food Security
  • Increased Academic Achievement
  • More Digital Equity
  • Support for Homeless Students
  • Parent Engagement
  • Student Leadership & Mentoring
  • Equity and Inclusion Awareness
  • Teacher Retention & Support
  • Arts Education & STEM Opportunities
  • Wraparound Services for Families
  • Mental Health Support for Children
  • Reduced Childhood Trauma
  • Increased Food Security

“Anyone who is thinking about the School Connect Model, you’re going to realize that you will better utilize your own resources, you’re going to better utilize the resources of the community, and you are going to come up with ideas and solutions that you never thought of before…I would strongly recommend this.”

Dr. Joe Roselle ~ Laveen School District

“We teamed up with School Connect to do the teacher boxes which we distributed to a few different campuses throughout the Valley and even some up in Northern Arizona. And some of the feedback on those was out of this world! It’s the smallest of things that make the biggest of differences.”

John Dowd ~ CORE Construction

“I was kinda shocked that in Maricopa County there is an estimated 650,000 people with food scarcity. One of the best ways to distribute food to areas that probably were in higher need than other areas of the Valley, was to do it through the school lunch system.”

Michael McMahon ~ Urban Farming Education

Join a program, event, or campaign to impact the things you care about!

Connect at a CAFÉ

Connect with school leadership to learn how you can make a difference! Join A CAFE!

Become a Champion

School Connect connects, trains, and coaches leaders like YOU to become school champions for the children in your community!

Love Our Schools

Join a project for Love Our Schools Day to strategically impact the greatest goals of the school!

Parent Connect 

Connect with other parents! Hear from experts on topics that you are living every single day!

Sponsor a School 

Sponsor a school to make a direct impact where it is needed most!

School Connect Awards

Help us honor champions of education both inside and outside the classroom!

Love Our Teachers

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

Support a Project

Help fund a needed school project planned by the school and community!

School Connect Summit

Network with top leaders across the state to form strategic partnerships that change outcomes for kids!

Training & Coaching

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

Love Our Teachers

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

Training & Coaching

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

Annual Impact Report 2022

High School Students Pay It Forward

High School Students come from all over the country and bring supplies to pack over 6,000 backpacks with school supplies for K-8 students in AZ through a partnership with School Connect. Together, they write cards of encouragement for the kids who will receive these backpacks filled with supplies and share their lessons on leadership!

Why McCarthy Building Companies Partners with School Connect

Bryan Kuster from McCarthy shares about the impact they are able to make for the education community through their partnership with School Connect. Watch to find out what they are doing and why they sponsor School Connect CAFEs.

Join Our Village

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

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News & Events

Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

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.

Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help out...you get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

#ittakesavillage 
#schoolconnectawards 
#championsofeducation
Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

 
@pesd92 full video: https://youtu.be/Vs3f9s3GICg?si=y31NKtsk-bUabuqB
#studentchampions #schoolconnectawards #villadepazelementary #kidsvoice #dreamscapelab
Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.” 

@chasse.us  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage  https://youtu.be/atkv2Z1unT4?si=WrM3R2Y-uOH1S3hd
Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
 
Watch Deb’s full video story here: https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6 (https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6)
 
#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
https://schoolconnectaz.org/love-our-schools-day/submit-your-project/
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024