Phoenix Merits, Rewarding Young People for Positive Actions

Aug. 29, 2013

Councilman Valenzuela Headshot for News with CaptionToday, Phoenix City Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela, the Phoenix Police Department and the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (MRC) announced the expansion of the Maryvale Merits program, now known at Phoenix Merits, recognizing the positive impact of young people in the community.  The program is now active at the Estrella Mountain, Cactus Park, Desert Horizon and Maryvale precincts. Walmart representatives presented a check for $35,000 to support programs of the MRC, including Phoenix Merits.

“This program exemplifies a successful public-private partnership because it is a true community effort that positively impacts our youth, as well as our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Valenzuela.  “Since launching the program in 2012, Police have awarded hundreds of ‘merits’ – creating a wave of positivity that keeps growing.”

Officers present a Phoenix Merits card to any young person they witness doing a positive deed in the community, such as a young man who takes the time to walk his elderly grandmother to the grocery store twice each week. The card includes the officer’s contact information. The youth receives a coupon to a local business or event.  

Program sponsors: City of Phoenix, Walmart, QuickTrip, Burger King, Cinema Latino, Macayo’s, Desert Sky Lanes, McDonald’s, Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, Milwaukee Brewers, Grand Canyon University.  For more information, visit

Residents are encouraged to visit and subscribe to the Councilman’s neighborhood newsletter. Contact Councilman Valenzuela’s office at 602-262-7446,, or


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