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K12-powered Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ) and nonprofit partner one-n-ten held a ribbon-cutting on September 20th for the new location of the Phoenix Blended Learning Center. The center provides a safe learning environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, as well as straight allied youth in grades 7-12 enrolled in AZVA and ISAZ.

Located in downtown Phoenix, the 5,000-square foot center is nearly double the size of the former facility. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, attended the ribbon-cutting. On the Mayor’s Twitter page, Stanton said, “Welcome to your new home! Phoenix is stronger when we support, love and embrace our LGBTQ youth community.”

The Phoenix Blended Learning Center will host daily programs and support services for youth and young adults in the LGBTQ community. The newly renovated space is located steps from a light rail stop, making it more accessible to youth across the Phoenix metro area.

“Blended learning delivers the best of online and face-to-face instruction so these students are able to thrive,” said Kelly Van Sande, head of school at Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona. “We’re proud to continue our unique and valuable partnership with one-n-ten to serve even more students in a beautiful new facility that offers a safe haven for LGBTQ and straight ally students alike.”

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