April 2024

Arizona Seniors: Arizona Promise Deadline is Approaching! This is valued at over $40,000! The deadline is May 1, 2024. 

Seniors, do qualify for free or reduced lunch and want to attend either NAU, U of A, or ASU? Check out this grant program for low income students. This program ensures that all eligible Arizona seniors can attend one of our public in state universities without any tuition costs!

The Arizona Promise Program guarantees that all Arizona students that are Pell eligible and have a 2.5 GPA or higher will receive funds to pay for their tuition and fees for four years at NAU, U of A, or ASU.  

To qualify for the Arizona Promise, students must have the following: 

  1. Students must be an Arizona resident and graduate with a 2.5 GPA or higher. 
  2. Complete the FAFSA by May 1, 2024. 
  3. Be Pell eligible. 
  4. Enroll at NAU, ASU, or U of A. 

For more information, click HERE to go to the Arizona Board of Regents website. There are success stories and also more information about applying. 

Counseling Awareness Month

April is National Counseling Awareness Month! In the “old days”, mental health was often pushed under the rug and not addressed. Due to the strength and courage of teens and people talking about mental health, more attention is being paid to it.

The reasons many teens seek counseling are for academic stress, peer relationships, family dynamics/conflicts, substance abuse, anxiety, or depression.

Counseling provides teens with a supportive and encouraging environment. They can develop coping skills that will help them navigate their entrance into adulthood. Students can find a lot of personal growth as they look at their thoughts and feelings regarding certain events or problems. While problems are part of everyday life, it is important to build resilience and find positive ways to deal with life’s stresses.

Be sure to check out the AzSOC Resource Center as it offers a number of resources regarding mental health, dealing with emotions and challenges, and finding coping strategies.

If you’ve been struggling and need counseling services, contact your local school counselor, an AzSOC counselor, or your parent/guardian. They can help you find counseling in your area or virtually.  Counseling services might be the bridge you need to start thriving and living the life you desire!

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. You can call 988 for 24/7 confidential support to any person in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress. Teens in Arizona can also text or call the Teen Lifeline at 602-248-8336 (TEEN) for peer to peer support.

Don’t forget you can schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with your AzSOC Counselor for any type of support with school, life, college or career planning!

 

To schedule your meeting, go to: https://calendly.com/azsoc-counselors or access it through the AzSOC Counseling Center in Canvas.

 

Choose a date and time that works for you to meet with an AzSOC Counselor.  Select your preferred slot and schedule your appointment today!

How Community Service can Serve You

April is Community Service month.  Engaging in community service can offer students a multitude of benefits, both personally, academically, and for their future profession.

Personally
Community service can help develop values like compassion and kindness.  Volunteering can expose you to diverse communities and societal issues, helping you grow personally by developing empathy, social awareness, and a sense of social responsibility.

Professionally
Community service can increase your skills in leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills through teamwork and project management opportunities. Servicing your community also provides you with a network of connections, including peers, mentors, and community leaders, which can offer support and guidance for future endeavors. 

Academically
Involvement in community service can strengthen college applications, fulfill graduation requirements, and expose students to potential career interests, all while making a positive impact on their communities!

Spotlight: What are community colleges? 

An easy way to think of a community college is to think of them as bridge programs. For many students, the jump from high school to a university is too big. For other students, work and family issues might not allow a student to go straight to a university to get their four year degree. 

At most community colleges, you are going for a two year associate degree. (However, there are some community colleges where you can get your four year bachelor’s degree). They also offer low cost training programs where you can go to a community college for six months to two years and walk away with a certificate that can allow you to get a higher paying job! There are a number of options at community colleges and that is why they are so valuable.

Community colleges offer the support and structure that can help many high school graduates need to become successful in college. The classes are smaller. The professors are more readily available. The cost is more affordable. Community colleges are frequently in or near your hometown. They have transfer programs to help you start at a community college and then transfer to a university. 

With the help of a community college, the doors to a better future are right in front of you. For current high school seniors, this is a perfect time to start looking in or near your community for your local community college. Go take a tour and see what programs they offer. Many of you will qualify for FREE tuition by filling out your FAFSA! April is a great time to check out your local community college. Whether you are looking for a college diploma or you want a certificate to help you get a better paying job, community colleges open doors! 

Internships!

Internships are valuable opportunities for high school students to gain practical experience in a field they are interested in before entering college or the workforce.

An internship is essentially a temporary position with an organization or company where students can work alongside professionals in their chosen field. These placements can vary widely in duration, from a few weeks to several months, and can be either paid or unpaid.

Internships provide students with invaluable experiences and insights that can shape their future paths. First, it provides students with a firsthand look into the day-to-day operations of a particular career field, allowing them to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world situations. Internships also offer the chance to develop essential skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management, which are highly sought after by colleges and employers. Finally, internships allow students to network with professionals in their field, potentially leading to future job opportunities or mentorship relationships.

High school students should seriously consider participating in internships to gain more understanding of their career goals and a competitive edge and explore their interests further.  You can find these opportunities through your CTE (career technical education) classes, online searches, or reaching out to companies or organizations that you are interested in.

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd, and was established in 1970 to promote environmental awareness and activism. The purpose of Earth Day is to inspire individuals and communities to take action to protect the planet and its natural resources.

Students can play a vital role in building a more sustainable future for the planet.

What are some things Students do?

  • Commit to sustainable habits in their daily lives
  • Organizing clean-up events
  • Planting trees
  • Hosting educational workshops
  • Initiating recycling programs
  • Advocating for policy changes

It’s important to educate ourselves about environmental issues and solutions, and become informed advocates to protect our planet and its natural recourses for generations to come. Earth Day provides an important opportunity for us to engage with environmental issues, take meaningful action, and contribute to building a more sustainable future for the planet.