Success Story: Meet Erika

 Erika is a Dreamer: she immigrated to AZ from Mexico with her family when she was fifteen years old and lives in Phoenix under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA allows Erika to stay in the country without fear of deportation, but it bars her from many opportunities enjoyed by citizens, including financial aid for school. Despite her limited legal status, Erika is a hard-working mother who, as a Live and Learn client, is determined to make a better life for herself and her children. When Erika’s family first immigrated to Arizona, they shared a tiny apartment with another

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Success Story: Meet Carrie

Success Story: Meet Carrie In 2013, after watching her youngest sister pass away from cancer, Carrie devoted herself to the study of natural medicines. She had one goal: “To really bring healing and comfort to people in a way that conventional medicine often cannot.” Carrie threw herself wholly into her pursuit, sacrificing everything else and working tirelessly for six years to earn her medical degree. It was a long, hard journey, but one Carrie believed in deeply. Carrie sacrificed a great deal in order to study at the Southwest School of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, one of the only

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Success Story: Meet Shekinah 

You won’t meet a more driven 21-year-old than Shekinah. In January 2018, she became a Live and Learn client and entered the TOTAL Career Pathway (Training on Technology and LifeSkills). This program is offered by Live and Learn in partnership with YearUp. For 7 months, Shekinah took classes and worked part-time. Then, in August, she began a prestigious internship with Bank of America. She gets up every morning at 5am to catch the bus to her internship, and still works on the weekend to make ends meet. With Live and Learn’s help, she’s getting closer to realizing her dream of

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Success Stories: Meet Tamara

 “Ever since I was a little girl, being a nurse was always my dream,” remembers Tamara. As she grew older, Tamara lacked the self-confidence to pursue a nursing career, though she never stopped dreaming of it. It would take the birth of her son in 2017, and the support of her Live and Learn Client Coordinator Ruby before Tamara would believe in herself enough to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. For more than ten years, Tamara worked tirelessly as a caregiver in an Assisted Living Facility. She rose to a manager position, and she watched as employees

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I Met Hope Today

In 2015, Jamie M. found herself living in her car with her three children. Though she worked fulltime at a small funeral home outside of Phoenix, AZ, she was earning minimum wage and receiving no benefits. Jamie had grown-up in poverty, and she was determined to make a better life for herself and her children. Through her 20s and into her 30s, obstacles and adversity seemed to catch Jamie at every turn. By the time she was single and living in her car, she had started to lose hope, wondering with increasing desperation whether she would ever lift her family

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A Survivor’s Success Story: Meet Jaymie

For 13 years, Jaymie lived in an emotionally and financially abusive relationship. She could see the effect it had on her two children, and she wanted desperately to leave for their sake. Without support, though, she returned, “cycling back” to the violence she so desperately wanted to escape. Then, in 2017, Jaymie was accepted into Live and Learn, where she has received the emotional and financial support she needed to break the cycle of violence, gain financial self-sufficiency, and heal herself and her children. Jaymie remembers her teenage years as a difficult time. Her father passed away from cancer. She

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A Survivor’s Success Story: Meet Paula

In August 2017, Paula started over. She boarded a Greyhound with her two young children, taking just a few bags of luggage. They were leaving their life in Michigan—their house, their friends, their possessions, and Paula’s abusive boyfriend, the father of her children. They were headed to Phoenix, Arizona, a place they had never been. For nine years, Paula had tried to break away from her abusive boyfriend, turning to domestic violence shelters eighteen times. “But I always cycled back, I always thought he changed and we could make it this time,” she explains. “Then one day, the physical violence

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The Cycle of Generational Poverty

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The heart of our mission at Live and Learn is to break the cycle of generational poverty. But first, we must understand what it is. Can we break the cycle, freeing future generations of its negative effects? This is exactly what Live and Learn’s programs seek to achieve.  Understanding the Cycle of Generational Poverty The cycle of generational poverty is the vicious trap that occurs when a parent’s poverty permanently affects the lives of his/her children. Growing-up in poverty hinders a child’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development, and children raised in poverty have lower lifelong educational and professional attainment compared

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Meet Cathy – One of Live and Learn AZ’s Success Stories.

Cathy, a native Phoenician, knew what she wanted in life, and she followed all the proper steps. She wanted to become a Respiratory Therapist, a career that would allow her to alleviate people’s suffering, satisfy her interest in science, and provide a good living. After high school, she went to PIMA Medical Institute, graduated with good grades, and passed the Board Certification exams in 2009. Around the same time, she married and had a son. Despite following all the steps, Cathy would spend the next eight years unable to find employment. Live and Learn wasn’t just supportive with school and

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Pharmacy Technician Graduate

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Before Pima Medical Institute I was working at a fast food restaurant. I realized that I wanted more for my family, so I decided to go to Pima Medical Institute to get some information about careers, PMI suggested the Pharmacy Technician program, and after looking into it I took their advice and decided to start school. Live and Learn help me a lot while I was in school as well as after I graduated while trying to find a job in the field.  They not only help me financially but they also motivated me throughout my whole journey. Now I

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