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Promise Arizona


Promise Arizona (PAZ) is a membership organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a better Arizona, one in which all more


About the Internship


Help low-income and immigrant communities through ESL classes, engaging youth in community service, navigating the undocumented immigrant system, and coalition building. Help us to engage community members to realize the power to change their communities through civic life and participation. Choose the position that best suits your interests and talents.*

*USL 216/402 students, please note that only the After School and English Innovations positions are appropriate for you.

Due to our long-term relationships with many of the local high schools in the Phoenix area, we have found an increase of young people wanting to engage in their communities. Phoenix Union High School District has partnered with Promise Arizona to make sure students have an avenue to participate in civic activities. But you may choose the Title I schools and student-population you want to work with,based upon your personal story or connection with the community. 

  • Schedule and complete one-on-one meetings with community members to engage them in volunteering and getting involved with Promise Arizona
  • Identify and train team-leads from local high schools that will manage volunteers or fill in when you are not available
  • Contact potential volunteers through phone banking, high school outreach, and canvasses to recruit new and old volunteers
  • Choose the community need or population you would like to target

English Innovations® is a blended social learning model that integrates English language learning in a collaborative, supportive classroom environment with online tools that enable self-paced, independent learning. The learning framework emphasizes a community-based approach, highlighting the importance of volunteer and peer support.

You will assist adult and adolescent immigrants to increase their English language and digital/computer literacy skills so that they can better achieve personal and professional goals, and integrate more fully into civic, linguistic, economic and cultural life in the United States. Small group discussions will empower students to practice English skills in a safe space. Mentors will help students set up their next step goals after English Innovations cycle is completed.

  • Mentor a small group of five students to help them see the class through fruition
  • Facilitate small group conversations
  • Help facilitate in-class activities (with opportunities to lead lessons and create lesson plans
  • Conduct follow-up with students to encourage attendance and participation
  • Provide information and referrals to students transitioning out of EI class
  • Encourage and motivate learners via email and Skype outside of class
  • Attend a 2-hour pre-service orientation, plus occasional ongoing volunteer training (during internship)

Assist eligible immigrant families for DACA*, DAPA** extensions with applications from start to finish and manage a team of community navigators. 5 million immigrants are eligible for relief under DAPA and DACA Extended; 300,000 immigrants living within the Phoenix area alone. Detailed responsibilities include:

  • Completion of Community Navigator Trainings and ongoing education. The training will be a one-day training with our Organizers to ensure knowledge, skills, and tools about Citizenship applications, DACA renewals, and voter registration.
  • Participating in all DACA Clinics by assisting families one on one with applications
  • Creating personal relationships with applications as they fill out their applications and remaining in contact throughout the process
  • Recruiting and managing other Community Navigators

*On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program, which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), began on August 15, 2012.

**Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), sometimes called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, is a planned American immigration policy to grant deferred action status to certain undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since 2010 and have children who are either American citizens or lawful permanent residents. Deferred action is not full legal status but would come with a three-year, renewable work permit and exemption from deportation.


  • Assist in the development of coalition building and community outreach.
  • Outreach to individuals in congregations and other neighborhood/community groups through an intentional relationship building process.
  • Organize teams of individuals to participate together and lead various forms of local and regional action.
  • Identify key leaders to participate in state training programs.
  • Participate and help develop a voter registration drive.
  • Practice precinct-based research and strategy.
  • Develop skills in public policy research.  
Population Served:

Disenfranchised communities, Low-income neighborhoods, Minority Populations, Immigrant Communities and communities of faith. Adults, women, children, high school and college youth leaders. 

The population that Promise Arizona works with most is minorities and immigrants, however, we do want to ensure that this internship allows interns the freedom to help any community they feel would benefit from Promise Arizona.

Community Need:

Civic participation in our minority and low-income communities is alarmingly low. Our political system is based on an engaged and well-informed populace. The power that is inherent in our communities has gone unrealized for far too long. Our educational system in Arizona has failed to highlight the importance of civic life and participation. By civic life/ participation we mean; voting/ voter education, participation in grassroots efforts and neighborhood associations and leadership development for service in elected positions like school boards, city council, and state representation.

During a time of confusion and uncertainty with the implementation of the executive action, we are at a critical moment to properly inform immigrant communities and build capacity amongst organizations to prepare for eventual implementation and reform. The Community Navigator increases the ability for communities and institutions to serve immigrant families by training staff and leaders on a series of modules that cover President Obama’s executive actions, additional forms of relief, and ways to defend our immigrant communities.

Limited English proficiency is a significant barrier for many immigrants to fully integrate into life in the U.S. — getting a good job, having educational options, and participating in civic life. Limited English language skills are compounded by the gap in digital literacy in our technologically advancing world.

Community Impact:

By teaching organizing skills and while developing community leadership, our neighborhoods will be able to advocate for themselves and create a better Arizona that is reflective of its citizenry. Empowering the community to apply for Administrative Relief such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and preparing for DAPA.

Eglish Innovations® will build needed community infrastructure to help immigrants achieve their dreams, bring relief to undocumented students and workers, and ensure the integration of English learners into our society and economy.

Community Navigators are directly impacting the lives of the community members they serve. Empowering the community to apply for Administrative Relief such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and preparing for DAPA. Community Navigators will assist applicants during their application process with tasks such as documentation review and application completion.