College Knowing & Going (CKG), which is focused on increasing the number of students who complete steps toward a postsecondary education, had 31 student ambassadors graduate from high school earlier this year.

CKG mobilized these influential students to inspire their peers to pursue higher education by helping with the college-going process. Now they've started college themselves!

Arizona voters care about the issues that will matter most to helping students succeed. But are these the issues that are talked about during the election season? Education Forward Arizona is creating an open sign on letter from Arizona voters asking candidates to prioritize these important education issues. They are hoping that hundreds of Arizonans sign on to this letter that will be shared with candidates later this month.

Our CAP trainings are back and redesigned to be better than ever! Each five-week course allows you to earn recertification hours with Arizona-specific content, online discussions with peers and assignments that culminate in an action plan to help you contribute to the college-going culture at your school or organization.

Download the full 2022-23 course schedule here.

Open courses:
Join the AZ FAFSA Coalition as we prepare for the upcoming FAFSA season! The FREE virtual event will include 2023-24 FAFSA updates, a debut of Arizona's new FAFSA database, statewide FAFSA resources and toolkits and more than 10 breakout sessions to choose from.

High school counselors, college & career specialists, educators, college access professionals and education stakeholders are all encouraged to attend!
The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Education Fair: Road to Success 2022
The Isac Amaya Foundation, Univision Arizona, the Pharos Foundation and Helios Education Foundation are excited to be hosting their eleventh annual Camino al Exito Education Fair.

Families can look forward to a robust resource fair with exhibits for adults and students of all ages, including a special reading garden.

In addition, parents and family members will have an opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as college readiness and financial aid.

This free, in-person event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phoenix College.
Join us as we bring together individuals across the state to celebrate collaboration and innovation in education, from early learning through postsecondary attainment.

An InspirED Evening is presented by Education Forward Arizona, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for and act on education improvements that advance the quality of life for all Arizonans.

The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ask Benji is back and ready to help your students complete the FAFSA!

Since 2019, Benji has helped tens of thousands of high school seniors receive an average of $10,000 for college simply by completing the FAFSA.

Starting today, anyone can text "Hi Benji" to 602-786-8171 to start receiving FAFSA reminder messages!

By: Caroline Doglio, National College Attainment Network
With this academic year lining up to be the closest to our old definition of "normal" since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be daunting thinking about preparing seniors for graduation and what comes after it. But NCAN is there to help everyone involved in college and career readiness prepare for the potential hurdles.

NCAN has a college and career readiness calendar that K-12 districts, schools and partners can use to plan and find resources to best facilitate their work. This interactive calendar begins with the summer before senior year and goes all the way until the summer after graduation. It is also broken down into categories like data, financial aid/FAFSA, summer melt and more.

If you want to be part of making significant changes that benefit all Arizona students, then Education Forward Arizona is the place to do it. A career here is one that gives back every day. It’s a place where you can watch your passion for education and Arizona’s future grow and make a real impact for all students.

Our mission is to advocate for and act on education improvements that advance the quality of life for all Arizonans.