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Presentations of Impact 2020: A Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to Presentations of Impact 2020 | Public Allies Arizona - Phoenix

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Join us in celebrating our Public Allies as they display the work they have accomplished to positively impact our communities.

Explore stories of impact, collaboration and innovation, and learn about the significance of Public Allies from the participants, nonprofit partners and our local community.

Start your tour of the exhibit by watching this introductory video.

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Public Allies Arizona – Phoenix Class 14

Samira Amin

Thunderbirds Charities

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How many times a day do you find yourself questioning life as it happens in front of you? Are you thinking something like, “Wow, what did I do to deserve this?” or is it more like, “Ugh, what did I do to deserve this?”

I’ll tell you the truth: for me, it was the 2nd way. A LOT. Like, a lot a lot.

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Carlos E. Castillo

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

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Hello, my name is Carlos Enrique Castillo, but most of you know me as Lito. For the last seven months I have been working as a Public Ally, and it is bizarre that as of the day I’m writing this I only have two months until graduation.

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Julie Heineking

Human Services Campus

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My journey to how I was placed here was interesting but simple at the same time. About a year and half ago, I was feeling stuck. I had a job working at a retail store for 12 years. I enjoyed the job, the people I worked with, and the customers. However, this job was very stagnant

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Greggory Ohannessian

Ridgeline Academy

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Hello! My name is Greggory Ohannessian, and I am an Autistic person who is a member of Public Allies Arizona. If you have met me, you know I am upfront about my disability. Get to know me better, and I will tell you about my wants, dreams, goals, interests, and so on.

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Bailey Reynolds

Valley Leadership

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I knew I had a passion for creating positive social impact—environmental or otherwise—but I struggled with my how. Upon graduating Arizona State University last May with a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, I found myself glued to my parent’s sofa, anxiously binge-watching all eight seasons of Vampire Diaries and wondering, “what now?”

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Jordyn Walhof

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

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I’m a big believer in Chaos theory – which a lot of you might know better by calling it the butterfly effect. Basically, it means that a small decision might affect the trajectory of your entire life. I definitely believe that walking up to the Ally table at the internship fair was one of those decisions.

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Jamie Bisesi

The Opportunity Tree

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My name is Jamie Bisesi and I chose to become a Public Ally for many reasons. The main reason is to serve my community. When I first found out about the Public Allies program, I knew that it was a program I needed to participate in.

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Kristina De Luna

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

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Hi, my name is Kristina De Luna and I would like to talk to you about my journey in Public Allies, what I learned, what I gained, and how I made an impact. To be honest, I have always wanted to join Public Allies.

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Melanie Herrmann

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

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Growing up, I knew I had passion and creativity and the drive to support those around me. I’ve never been one to shy away from helping, even if it’s dirty, hard work.

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Kyah Recard

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

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Throughout Public Allies I have formed my own life path. I had to learn how to be an adult, how to work and go to school full time, and how to become myself. There were many challenges, even before COVID, but I always bounced back better than ever.

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Julie Swaine

Human Services Campus

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My story started in the spring of 2019. I was 23 years old, I had graduated from college the year before and I was living in my hometown on the eastern shore of Maryland, working a job at my hometown’s YMCA.

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Anna Vu

Human Services Campus

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Summer 2019 was the most glorious milestone in my 23-year lifetime. It was the year I graduated from Arizona State University, and it was also the year I enrolled for Public Allies.

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Brittany Bradley

ASU Public Service Academy

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I thought I knew my interest when I started Public Allies. I was wrong. We all have moments where we ask ourselves, “what am I doing here?” or “where do I go from here?” As humans we crave certainty, but it's best to let yourself figure it out along the way and enjoy every moment.

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Klesia Garcia

AZCEND

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I have always been a person to just jump into things without giving it much thought. So, you can imagine that’s exactly how I started Public Allies. All I knew was that I loved volunteering and that I wanted a break from college, my job at the Italian ice shop and myself. I wanted to do more for others.

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Ruben Neal

Gregory's Fresh Market

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As a member of Public Allies I was placed at Gregory’s Fresh Market. My mission is to help alleviate health-related challenges by providing an on-site mobile farmers market, nutritional cooking classes, fitness, and other support to address food insecurity, fall prevention, and socialization in order to minimize chronic health and social disparities experienced by low-income seniors and military veterans.

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Carmen Reyes

AZCEND

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“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be...”

I have always been that person who plans and thinks about the future 24/7. I have the need to constantly stay busy and productive in order to stay sane. For those of you who can relate you know how scary it is when your plans for the future change.

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Maria Clara Tanner

Cancer Support Community Arizona

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I never imagined that leaving my homeland and starting a new life in another country was going to be easy. For an immigrant like me, starting a new life, in a new country and in a new culture with a new language is always hard. However, I have always believed that no matter where you are in the world, you are capable of doing exceptional deeds without limitations.

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Get to know our Partner Organizations

AZ Commission for Postsecondary Education

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

Our mission: Expanding access and increasing success in postsecondary education for Arizonans.

Website: highered.az.gov

Boys and Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

Our mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Website: bgcaz.org

Human Services Campus

Human Services Campus

Our mission: Using the power of collaboration to end homelessness.

Website: hsc-az.org

Valley Leadership

Valley Leadership

Our mission: Valley Leadership empowers, leverages and mobilizes leaders to meaningfully impact the most pressing issues facing Arizona.

Website: valleyleadership.org

ASU Public Service Academy

ASU Public Service Academy

Our mission: The Public Service Academy answers our nation's call for a new type of leader, a character-driven leader armed with the courage to cross sectors, connect networks and ignite action for the greater good.

Website: psa.asu.edu

Cancer Support Community AZ

Cancer Support Community Arizona

Our mission: Central to the CSCAZ mission is a homelike, nurturing environment that enhances the atmosphere of healing and support. CSCAZ is such a place.

Website: cscaz.org

Opportunity Tree

The Opportunity Tree

Our mission: To provide quality individualized supports to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in dynamic and innovative environments.

Website: theopportunitytree.org

Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities

Our mission: To assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.

Website: thunderbirdscharities.org

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AZCEND

Our mission: We change lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community.

Website: azcend.org

Diana Gregory Outreach Services

Diana Gregory Outreach Services

Our mission: To enrich lives by providing access to fresh produce through on-site farmer's markets, and programs in health, nutrition, fitness and education.

Website: dianagregory.com

Ridgeline Academy

Ridgeline Academy

Our mission: We exist to foster critical thinking among students, promote academic excellence and instill a culture of lifelong learning.

Website: ridgelineacademy.org

YWCA

YWCA

Our mission: To eliminate racism, empower women, and provide dignity, freedom, peace, and justice for all.

Website: ywcaaz.org

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