The Junior League of Phoenix
The Junior League of Phoenix won this year’s Award for Community Impact for taking on the dire state of early childhood education in Maricopa County, Arizona with ROCKETS (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science).
Designed to foster the critical thinking, exploration and problem-solving skills essential to future academic success through hand-on science and math lessons, ROCKETS has hit several milestones since it began in 2010. The League has increased membership and community participation in the program; branded itself in the community; created a credible seminar for teachers; attracted funding; and delivered a high-quality science and math skills program to thousands of children. In addition, the League has deepened its partnership with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which it helped build and where it now maintains a ROCKETS classroom.