The PPEP Foundation was inaugurated by PPEP, Inc. in 2006. Later that year the Foundation was incorporated by the State of Arizona and subsequently its IRS designation as a 501-C-3 Charitable Corporation. The Foundation’s purpose is to “join together in order that through our common bonds, our common efforts and common understanding, we may support and benefit Portable Practical Education Preparation (PPEP). In essence it is formed and organized exclusively to support and benefit PPEP, Inc. an Arizona non-profit corporation and its related entities both home and abroad. The present PPEP Foundation Board has defined three main categories as priorities. First, scholarships for at-risk students, including rural, farmworkers, international, and Southern Arizona border area students. The second area of priority is mobilizing resources to provide business development training and technical assistance to micro borrowers. The third area of priority is that of humanitarian work both at home and abroad. The Foundation does fundraising and accepts proceeds from Trusts, Testaments/wills, funds given, volunteerism, equipment/furnishings, and real property for the charitable programs it supports. For more details follow the link to their website.
PPEP Behavioral Health Counseling services is a state licensed provider for Substance Abuse, General Mental Health, Children services, Title XIX, DUI Treatment, Education, and Screenings, as well as Domestic Violence. PPEP employs staffs who are Bilingual, bi-cultural, Master’s level and State Certified.
Beyond the court required services, PPEP Behavioral Health focuses on the mental well-being of youth in the rural communities by providing school based counseling to twelve rural schools, Life Skills classes to twelve PPEP Charter High Schools and counseling of Youth referred by the Juvenile Court system.
No client is denied services due to inability to pay. State Sliding Fee scale is assigned to those who qualify. PPEP will also assist individuals in the application process for possible state assistance, Kids Care, or Premium Share benefits.
PPEP received workforce development funds directly from the US Department of Labor for its National Farmworker Jobs Program and from several Arizona counties and cities to support its Adult, Dislocated Workers and Older Workers programs. These are all free education, employment and training programs to help job-seekers develop more marketable job skills for today’s changing labor market.
PPEP also operates a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for adults living in Yuma County.
PPEP Encompass’ Mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities throughout Arizona. Encompass helps people move towards economic and social self-sufficiency through an integrated service delivery system. Those services include: Habilitation, Day Treatment and Training, Vocational Training, Job Coaching, Specialized Transportation, Individual Attendance Care and Respite.
PPEP’s Micro Business Loans have funded over $19 Million in business start-ups since its inception. PPEP’s Housing Department develops and builds affordable housing in rural areas.
PPEP TEC High School is available for families looking for an alternative to a “traditional” education. The combination of direct instruction and self-paced curriculum allows students to progress effectively through their coursework. With small student-to-teacher ratios, PPEP Tec teachers are able to provide a more personalized learning experience.
Through an updated combination of instructional methods, our students receive a High School Diploma and are held to the same Arizona academic standards and AIMS testing requirements as all other schools in Arizona. All education provided at PPEP TEC High School is FREE to the student.
PPEP’s Youth Programs focus on education, employment and training for Youth at risk. PPEP operates WIA-funded Summer educational programs for in-school Youth and provides Work Experience and year-round career counseling and case management to out-of-school Youth.
YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In PPEP’s YouthBuild program, low-income young people, ages 16-24, from Yuma County, work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing.
The AZVA, LLC was created in 2003 for the purposes of providing free online classes for students elementary through high school age. The school was conceived by Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc. Arizona (PPEP, Inc.) and K-12, Inc.
PPEP, Inc. had previously (2001)been designated by the Arizona Department of Education as a public- charter on-line ‘pilot demonstration’ high school . Its brick-and-mortar charter high schools were among the first charters granted for the 1995-1996 school year when PPEP Tec opened seven (7) high school sites statewide. Their focus was reaching out to rural, farmworker, inner city, military, as well as other at -risk student populations with direct instruction using highly qualified teachers.
K-12, Inc. founded by Ron Packard, which is a re-known nationwide internet school curriculum network was contracted by PPEP, Arizona, to provide the online instruction. PPEP Arizona provided the charter, technical assistance along with joint oversight and audit.
In 2012, AZVA reported over 5000 students grades K-12. In 2013, K-12, Inc. added the Insight High School to our collaborative efforts in 2013. The schools are accredited by NCA and CASI. AZVA is a program of PPEP Inc. For more details consult the individual school web sites.
PNHDC was formed by Dr. John David Arnold circa 1985 at the same time as PPEP California in Brawley, California. Its original purpose was to do housing and community development projects in Imperial County and Southern California. When the initial funding did not come through the PNHDC corporation lay dormant until 2012 when it was reactivated by appointing a board of directors and apply for IRS 501-C-3 charitable status. Its new role emphasizes the practical education aspect as well as vocational, conversation, and other purposes targeting at-risk youth and young adult populations
The PPEP Farmworker Hall of Fame was created in the 1980’s for the purpose of honoring those workers that toil the fields to put food on our tables. Like many other Hall of Fame, our Hall of Fame has its stars in Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Also, housed there is the famed 1957 Chevy school bus named “La Tortuga” so named by its early Bracero Migrant students. In 1967, Dr. John David Arnold the founder’s main role was to drive, teach, and be the mechanic aboard La Tortuga. PPEP, Inc. got its name “portable” because the school bus became a school on wheels. Its motto is Si Se Pudo! Or yes we can.
Today, the museum houses memorabilia of Cesar Chavez such as his ring and favorite baseball bat given to the striking miners in Ajo, Arizona. There are three glass display cases full of memorabilia from Arizona, California, and across the globe honoring those migrant and seasonal farmworkers that struggle not only to feed their families, but the rest of us as well.
The First American Services Corporation was constituted by PPEP, Inc. for the purpose for providing our Native American (First Americans) a platform for advocacy and resource mobilization to support education, socio /economic, cultural, and traditional heritages.
The FARS Corporation’s mission embodies the above coupled with the enduring spirit of one of its founders Dr. Alice Paul, who dedicated her life to education. Some of their major initiatives have been advocating for education and mental health services on the Nations (reservations) and programs that address the Natural Cure and prevention of Diabetes.
Mission Statement, “To provide advocacy, resource mobilization in support of PPEP’s vision to improve the quality of rural life.”
PRBDC is a for profit corporation seeking to develop social economic development through for profit ventures. PRBDC fulfills a special need among the PPEP Affiliates in that it can enter into for profit world to develop revenues. Many corporate funders prefer doing business with other for-profit entities.
PRBDC gives that vital connection. Even though PRBDC is for profit its proceeds go exclusively to support humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.
The board of directors is made up of business, governmental, community based individuals and entities. These members use their business contacts to be mentors, funding sources, as well as lend their business expertise for the benefit of the nonprofit entities involved in improving the quality of rural life at home and abroad. For example members of the banking industry serve on a microbusiness loan review committee overseeing that lending process, providing mentoring to the benefit of the borrowers and technical assistance to the micro lender. PRBDC also refers their business contacts to the nonprofit entities in order that they may receive charitable donations for humanitarian projects.
Mission Statement, “To improve the quality of rural seniors in semi-independent living.”
Objective: The primary objective of PSHSC was to construct and then operate the La Ramona Morales Memorial Apartments (31 units) in Benson, Arizona.
Conceived in the mid 1980’s for the purpose of providing safe, sanitary, and affordable living to rural seniors deserving semi-independent living accommodations. Presently there are 31 units for semi-independent seniors at the La Ramona Morales Memorial Apartments in Benson, Arizona. The name of the apartments was giving in honor of the late Mrs. Morales, a social worker in the region that gave a life time of dedicated service to seniors and farmworkers in need. La Ramona features modern well-kept studio and one bedroom apartments affordable through HUD rent subsidies.
The Coalition for on-line Learning was formed circa 2008 for the express purpose of providing a school for on-line learning in the rural counties north of San Francisco. It is based in the City of Windsor, Sonoma County, California. The charter was obtained from the Windsor Unified School District for a period of 5 years expiring in 2013.During the initial charter period, CAOL contracting initially with Insight Schools then owned by the University of Phoenix to be its internet curriculum provider for its high school. The name of the school was the Insight School North Bay. Subsequently, Insight was sold to K12, Inc. to finish off the final year of the charter. During the 2012 school year, the majority of the CAOL Board terms expired and CAOL sought technical assistance from PPEP Arizona to help them in the transition with K12 and recruit new board members.Dr. Celestino Fernandez and Dr. John Arnold joined the board to fill the vacancies. In 2013 both entities, CAOLand K12, Inc. parted ways. The CAOL vision was becoming broader; emphasizing student performance standards and higher graduation rates as well as conservation and the environment. Presently the school is searching for a new internet curriculum provider as well as a charter friendly district to apply to for its next charter. CAOL plans to open its new school in the Fall of 2014. The CAOL President is Weylin Pigg.