Covid-19 Deepens the Digital Divide in Arizona

Covid-19 Deepens the Digital Divide in Arizona When schools moved online, Covid-19 deepened the Digital Divide in Arizona almost overnight. With the possibility of school continuing online for the fall 2020 semester, the digital divide threatens to become an even bigger obstacle for low-income students. Live & Learn women enrolled in Maricopa Community Colleges and local universities have overcome significant obstacles to get to a position of pursuing post-secondary education. Many had dropped out of high school as teenagers. Many had never known anyone who went to college. When college classes moved online mid-semester due to Covid-19, most of these

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Continued Support from the Arizona Community Foundation

This month, the Arizona Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Community Response Fund provided $13,400 to Live & Learn. This is in addition to support from the Arizona Community Foundation in April (read about it here). With this second wave of funding, Live & Learn can continue to mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic on low-income women in Maricopa County. Covid-19 continues to pose serious challenges to women in our community. As stress and anxiety increase, women’s mental health is in jeopardy. Live & Learn program staff are working hard to ensure women are receiving the mentoring and emotional support they need.

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Female Entrepreneur Elected Live & Learn Board Chairperson

Susanne Johnson was unanimously voted to serve as Chairperson of the Live & Learn Board of Directors in November 2019. Ms. Johnson is an inspiring entrepreneur with an admirable work ethic and a passion for what she does. She is currently the founder and owner of Verbena Sky, but she began her career in banking and auditing, followed by several years building digital products at technology companies. Then, Ms. Johnson founded her own company, inspired by a desire to boost women’s confidence. VerbenaSky.com Verbena Sky is an online accessory business that showcases a wide variety of jewelry, bags, and home

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The Digital Divide Hinders Low-Income College Students

Low-income college students face incredible obstacles to earning their degree, obstacles that have nothing to do with their intelligence, motivation, or work ethic. One of the primary obstacles? The Digital Divide, the disparity in technology access and skills between low-income students and their peers.  What is the Digital Divide? Over 85% of low-income college students lack the necessary technology to complete their classes. The numbers are even higher among first-generation and minority low-income college students. This Digital Divide is not just a lack of technology access, and it is not easily corrected by providing laptops or affordable internet access. Instead,

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Arizona Community Foundation Supports Live & Learn in Time of Covid-19 Crisis

Live & Learn has received $15,000 of critical support from the Arizona Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Community Response Fund. The Arizona Community Foundation established this fund to provide immediate relief to nonprofits facing increased demand for services as a result of Covid-19. At Live & Learn, this support is a critical lifeline for the women we serve during this challenging time. In March, when Coronavirus safety measures began to take effect in Maricopa County, Live & Learn women began to lose wages, lose jobs, lose childcare options. The number of women financially and emotionally affected continues to rise daily. Demand for

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Live & Learn Set to Participate in Arizona Gives Day on April 7, 2020

Live & Learn is joining more than 700 nonprofit organizations in Arizona Gives Day, an online fundraising initiative, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day will bring together Arizonans from across the state to raise awareness and financial support for nonprofit organizations statewide. Arizonans are encouraged to help make a difference by investing in the nonprofit of their choice. “This is a critical moment for us to come together and take action against the damages Coronavirus is inflicting on the nonprofit community in Phoenix-metro,” said Kristin Chatsworth, Executive Director. “We’re already seeing sharp increases in demand

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Empowered Women Empower Women: International Women’s Day 2020

The Live & Learn community celebrated International Women’s Day this year by coming together to practice yoga, enjoy brunch, and hear from women currently in the Live & Learn program. It was a beautiful sunny morning in Live & Learn’s courtyard, and a perfect way to mark the occasion. International Women’s Day is an internationally observed day meant to call attention to the economic, social, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day to focus on the barriers women face, but also, importantly, to celebrate the progress that has been made. Live & Learn took the opportunity this

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Women Take A First Step in their Careers, Make A Lasting Difference to Children

On a Thursday evening this February, a group of ten women gathered in Live & Learn’s courtyard to celebrate their completion of the Childhood Development Associate Training Program. The women were cheered by their parents, their spouses, their children, and the Live & Learn community. Then, the following morning, these ten women went right back to work at Immanual Care for Children. Ensuring childcare facilities have qualified, well-trained staff brings long-term benefits to the children. In fact, it can be a significant predictor of those children’s success in high school (https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/ece-role-closing-achievement-gap). What is a CDA Certification? A Childhood Development Associate

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Arizonans: Your Community Needs You Now

As the Coronavirus threatens our Phoenix-metro community, we must calm our anxieties, stave off our fears, and work together to meet this incredible challenge. Only by working together and focusing on the common good can our community protect those most vulnerable to the threats this pandemic poses, the threat to our health and physical well-being, and the threat to our economic well-being. This crisis is already taking a serious toll on low-income and financially vulnerable women. We are seeing it daily at Live & Learn, with increasing urgency. Yet, we know that the well-being of these women is crucial to

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