Meet the Team: Iris – Community Engagement Manager

Why are you passionate about Live & Learn? I am passionate about the program because it works. I can attest to that from personal experience. It not only helped me become financially independent and be the first one in my family to earn a high school and college degree. It also helped me find my true passion, strengthening our communities so that every one receives the services they need to reach their full potential. When and how did you get involved with Live & Learn? I joined Live & Learn in 2012 as a client. I was fortunate enough to

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Success Stories: Meet Margarita

Margarita is from Russia, and she is a single mother of two children. A few years ago, Margarita faced a daunting decision: make her own way in a country where she did not speak the language or return home to Russia. Despite the difficulties ahead of her, there was no doubt in her mind that she would stay in Arizona with her two young children. She would find a way to thrive. In Russia, Margarita held a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She had a good job, wonderful friends, and a supportive family. She married an American in Moscow, and they

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New Shoes

A year ago, Live & Learn was helping Anna prepare to start college and advance her career. Then, when Covid-19 hit, she lost her job and her opportunity to go to school. Now, Live & Learn is helping her get back to work. In late December, Anna came to the office to renew her bus pass and complete some paperwork. Staff quickly noticed that Anna’s shoes were falling apart. Embarrassed, she said, “Money’s so tight right now. I’m not buying anything my children don’t absolutely need, I just can’t.” Thanks to a generous donor, there are boxes of new Converse

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Meet the Team: Stephanie – Program and Client Manager

What is your role? What are your primary responsibilities? I am the Program and Client Manager. My job is to support the Client Coordinators who work directly with the women in our program. I build relationships in the community with other nonprofits, schools, and businesses so that Live & Learn women can access resources, earn certifications and degrees, and secure jobs. When and how did you get involved with Live & Learn? In 2016, I was finishing my degree in Nonprofit Management at Arizona State University and did my internship with Live & Learn. That turned into a paid position

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Leading People to a Better Place: Interview with Allison Mullady

Leading People to a Better Place: Interview with Allison Mullady Allison Mullady, Ph.D. Program Manager Design Studio for Community Solutions Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions Arizona State University This past week, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allison Mullady, a member of Live & Learn’s Board of Directors. She works at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Below, you can read our interview. Q: What did you want to do when you went into college? Did you change your career field at any point? I always wanted to go

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Salad and Go Invests in a Maricopa County that Works for Everyone

Salad and Go is a drive-through revolution spreading rapidly across Arizona. Founded in 2013 in Gilbert Arizona, they started with a mission to make fast food better and healthier for everyone. On the surface, the expansion of the popular Salad and Go restaurants might seem like the focus of their work, but that is deceptively simple. Salad and Go’s community impact cuts much deeper as they pursue their mission. Affordable, convenient restaurants and healthy, organic ingredients are central to Salad and Go’s approach, but the Salad and Go family is working tirelessly towards broader social change in pursuit of their mission. They are

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Success Stories: Jocelyne, in her Own Words

With a simple, “I believe in you, you can do it!” Live & Learn helped me more than you would think. I remember the first time I met with Katie from Live & Learn. She asked me what I wanted to do, and I told her I wanted to go back to school. With no hesitation, she said, “Let’s do it!” She had no doubts, she just believed in me. Sometimes, it takes one person to believe in you like that. At that moment in my life, I was in a complicated situation. I was on my own with my

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Sundt Foundation Helps Women Return to Work and Retain Stability During this Pandemic

Established in 1999, the Sundt Foundation was created to help Sundt employees give back to their communities. To this day the Sundt Foundation has remained true to its mission and granted millions to nonprofits that aid the disadvantaged in California, Arizona, Texas and Utah. Sundt has always been a company that gives back—because they believe it’s the right thing to do. Funding from the Sundt Foundation will help women who have lost wages and need support to meet their basic needs during these troubling times. It will allow Live & Learn to provide individualized case management for low-income women experiencing

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Board Member Establishes Scholarship in Honor of his Mother

The Brian Cline Scholarship was established in 2016. Its purpose is to enable women breaking out of generational poverty to achieve careers in healthcare. The scholarship is named for and funded by Brian Cline, long-standing Live & Learn Board Member and fierce Live & Learn advocate. Since 2016, five Live & Learn women have been awarded the scholarship. These women have worked hard and, with help from the Brian Cline Scholarship, they have excelled. Brian Cline joined the Live & Learn Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Cline works as a Medical Career Specialist at Pima Medical Institute. With his

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Live & Learn Builds a Diverse Healthcare Workforce in Maricopa County

A central pillar of the Live & Learn program is to help women experiencing generational poverty begin professional careers. Each year, about 33% of Live & Learn women choose to pursue a career in healthcare. This is a prudent option for many women because it offers a fast track to employment with plentiful opportunity for advancement. Yet, there is another, larger-scale benefit achieved when the diverse women of Live & Learn enter the healthcare workforce. By building a diverse healthcare workforce in Maricopa County, Live & Learn combats the profound inequalities in healthcare that exacerbate broader social inequalities. Healthcare careers

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