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S.T.E.P. – Student Tourism Exploration Program

Inspiring Mesa’s future hospitality workforce, the S.T.E.P. program introduces students from Title 1 and vocational high schools to career opportunities within the industry. Through hands-on projects, experiential site visits, activities, guest speakers and more, their exposure to the visitor industry and exploring viable career paths in our hospitality community will support Mesa’s future workforce.

With special emphasis on professional demeanor, networking and leadership, the Foundation expects to present students with prospects for college grants and entry-level jobs at the completion of the program.

Camp Level Up

A camp experience in partnership with:
Visit Mesa – ASU Herberger Institute @ Mesa City Center – Endless Studios – Copa Health

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Camp Level Up aims to address challenges for neurodivergent youth of Mesa by providing an immersive summer camp that will help them develop professional-level skills in game design while also embedding them in a community of support and neurodivergent peers that will help them build the confidence needed to express themselves through this new medium.

Youth in grades 6 through 12 can join this brand new ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center at Mesa City Center in late June and July 2022 for a daily, three week session led by social impact and educational gaming studio Endless Studios and faculty from the MIX Center with onsite therapeutic support from Copa Health.

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