Background and Tradition: Our Founding Donor
Since 1994, Every Voice in Action Foundation (EViA) has provided several million dollars in grants to schools and non-profit organizations in greater Tucson to forward its mission—to ignite and support youth voice, infusing the community with the unique perspectives of young people. EViA helped start and sustain many youth leadership projects including Voices: Community Stories, the YWCA’s Youth Forum on Racism, TUSD’s Finding Voice Project, the Volunteer Center of SOAZ, Pima Partnership’s Teen Court, Social Justice Education Project, Prescott College’s Ironwood Tree Project, Stories that Soar, and many other great programs.
EViA is proud to be a pioneer in the youth philanthropy movement nationally. From 2000-2010, EViA’s Youth Philanthropy Crews of 10-15 teens awarded $50,000 each year to fund a wide range of projects from youth activism and civic engagement to homelessness and comprehensive sex education. Each year, Crew members researched community issues, issued Requests for Proposals, and funded programs with the most positive impact for Tucson. Click here to see a list of community agencies and programs funded by our youth crews.
Same Mission, More Youth, Greater Impact
To achieve its mission and serve more Tucson youth in a sustained way, EViA became the founding donor for the Western Institute for Leadership Development in 2010. TheWestern Institute received approval of its charter application in January 2011 and in April 2011, it received a competitive federal Charter Incentive Grant of $230k/year for its first three years of operation. This prestigious grant is awarded to new schools with the potential to improve student academic achievement statewide.
The Western Institute opened with grades 9 and 10 in a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art facility in Central Tucson in August 2012. It will expand to include 400 students in grades 11 and 12 over the next two years and become a full-time “community school” offering after-school and early evening programs with its partners that develop the greater Tucson community.
Scholarship, Leadership, and Community
A free, college prep, public charter high school, Changemaker High School is devoted to academic excellence and leadership development, preparing all students for post-secondary education, careers, and lifelong action to create a better world. Students at Changemaker High School focus on developing 21stcentury skills through authentic leadership in real-world projects with community impact far beyond the school, working in close collaboration with partners in government, business, and the non-profit sector.
Creating Changemaker High School
The Western Institute, now Changemaker High School, staff, students, parents, and community partners are building the Western Institute into a creative “lab” for developing best practices in education, youth development, and community development. Our mission includes sharing our knowledge and resources widely to enrich other public schools and communities locally and nationwide.
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