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When thinking about economic development, the first thing that comes to mind for many is the idea of ​​new businesses, facilities and warehouses opening throughout the West Valley. While this benefits many working adults, a lot of times these businesses and programs directly benefit the children within the community as well.

This week we will look at one business that will soon open its doors to children looking to stay safe around water this summer, as well as a major organization that is offering a youth program for teenagers interested in a future career in health care.

Splash Rite Swim School to offer classes

Location: 14145 W. Palm Valley Boulevard, Goodyear

With a goal to ensure children feel safe and secure in the water, Splash Rite Swim School will begin teaching water safety and offering swim lessons on March 7 for the 2022 swim season.

The Goodyear swim school staff wants to prevent drownings, save lives and improve the quality of life for their swim families.

While many of the swim lessons are available to children, there are programs catered specially for adults in need of lessons, including 55 and older.

As warmer temperatures are right around the corner, Splash Rite Swim School staff said this is the time to learn fundamental aquatic skills that are necessary while spending time at residential and community pools and beaches.

The school’s curriculum includes water safety and swimming lessons for children and adults at any and all levels. Lessons can begin as early as 6 months.

All Splash Rite Swim School instructors are certified and together have teaching experience that exceeds 20 years.

Prices for classes range on age and the size of the class. Splash Rite Swim School also has a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to qualify who.

For more information, visit

Abrazo to offer student ambassador program

Abrazo is set to welcome local teenagers to its first Student Ambassador Programme. The pilot project will be offered at the Abrazo West Campus from June 6 to July 29.

Barry Worman, director for volunteer services for the Abrazo Network, has managed multiple young adult medical programs throughout the country. Worman added this ambassador program will be “one of the best volunteer and medical opportunities for teenagers in Arizona.”

The eight-week program will feature “lunch-and-learn” opportunities for students, as well as workshops offered to teenagers ages 15 to 19.

Accepted students can use their volunteer hours toward student learning requirements, honor societies or college applications.

For more information, call 623-882-1568 or visit


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