About RAZE Leaders:

RAZE Leaders is a six-month fellowship that uses Youth Participatory Action Research to teach high schoolers from across rural Pinal County how to create the change they wish to see in their own backyards. Using a curriculum that builds upon itself, these young leaders learn how to identify an area of change, research the issue, develop a plan of action, identify and create relationships with the "powers that be," all while being empowered to redefine who has the expertise to add knowledge to our world. This approach is particularly powerful when used by groups who have experienced our systems from the margins.

Program Dates:

More information on Spring 2023 cohort coming soon! 

Expectations of Participants:

  • We expect participants to be present at every session and participate fully in the program. 

  • Participants must complete all readings, assignments, or any other prep work before each session.


  • Participants will meet in-person one Saturday a month from 9 am - 5 pm. In between monthly sessions, participants must complete readings and watch videos. We will host two optional study sessions in between each in-person session. These study sessions will take place over zoom.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who can apply for RAZE Leaders? 

    • RAZE Leaders is open to high school students in Pinal County.

  • What is the cost to participate in the program? 

    • There is no cost to participate in RAZE Leaders.

  • What if I don’t have transportation? 

    • We will do our best to work with each participant needing transportation. We don’t want transportation to be a barrier that keeps people from participating in the program. If necessary, we will provide transportation. 

  • Where do sessions usually take place?​

    • Our once-a-month sessions will take place somewhere in Pinal County. We will do our best to host sessions at places that are within reasonable driving distance of participants. Some locations in the past include: 

      • Central Arizona College (Coolidge Campus)

      • Florence Library 

  • Will masks be required?

    • ​Yes. Your safety is our number one priority. We have continued to monitor the ongoing pandemic, and due to the spread of new variants, we have decided to require masks for in-person sessions.

  • Is there compensation for joining the program?

    • We understand that many participants work part time jobs, so we provide a small stipend for joining us each weekend.​

For any further questions, please reach out to our RAZE Leaders Program Coordinator Tearnie Chinn at

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*Some photos were taken before the COVID-19 Pandemic*