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Presentations of Impact 2020: A Virtual Exhibit

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

Welcome!

Join us in celebrating our Public Allies as they display the work they have accomplished to positively impact our communities in 2020.

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.

Learn more about the program, how to become an Ally, and how to partner with us. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates from the Public Allies team.

Tucson Class 1

Deandra Binder

Pima Community College

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It was January 2019 and I was beginning a new semester at Pima Community College to study Business Administration and working full time at a grocery store. I was thinking about where the next year would take me and I honestly had no idea. That same month, I received an email from my professor sharing an internship opportunity with Public Allies Arizona.

I had never heard of Public Allies before, but once I looked into the organization, I could tell it was something special and powerful. I joined Public Allies to engage with my community and define my own assets so I could give back in a meaningful way. I think it was perfect that I matched for a position at Pima.

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Allison Castro Bazurto

Tucson Clean & Beautiful

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When I interact with the community, I find myself. I find myself connecting. I find myself back where I loved being as a little girl. I find myself doing my dream job. I find myself leading. Being in the community I have found myself. Hi, I'm Allison Castro, a Public Ally working as an outreach coordinator with Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

Being an outreach coordinator I have had the opportunity to join the community through the eyes of a nonprofit that open up opportunities to those that are often seen or are treated as less or often judged for their cultures, beliefs, and unique beauty.

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Nahelia Jimenez

Pima Community College

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The impact Public Allies has had on me is one beyond what I ever thought it would be. Through Public Allies Arizona, I have learned to appreciate and love my community and nature. Through my TSP, I found a new love for plants and nature thanks to a few Allies I worked with for my TSP project. I found joy in volunteering and getting together with my fellow Allies and members of the community. I found that I have a true gift for helping others. Public Allies allowed me to learn about my community and the importance of being in love with my community. My placement with Pima has taught me responsibility, to be organized, and how to communicate better.

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Jacqueline SantaMaria

Pima Community College

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Public Allies has been one of the greatest working experiences I have ever had. It all started when I was in an in-between phase and I was tired of pointless jobs. I found Public Allies Arizona on my Pima account, and I applied on a whim. Three interviews later, I became an Ally. It was a challenging experience at times, but I feel like it was the best kind of challenging. It helped me grow in a way where no other job or program has done.

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Marsha Brogden

David and Lura Lovell Foundation

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This road has not been an easy one. Coming from a small town across the US, with everything I could fit in my car was a big test of bravery for me. I told myself if I could at least get here, I could do anything. With no family, very minimal friends, and no job lined up, I didn’t know what was in store.

I was very hard on myself to get things done in a short amount of time like getting a job and an apartment. It didn’t take long before I had my own little pad with friends and a decent job. I couldn’t have asked for more. However, little did I know there were bigger plans in store for me.

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Alvaro Diaz

Greater Tucson Leadership

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Ten months ago, in February 2020, I had the privilege of joining Public Allies Arizona.

After living in Mexico for the most part of my life, I decided to come to the U.S. in the summer of 2018, at 19 years old. Having to adapt to and go through all the challenges of such a change has not been easy, but fortunately, I’ve been surrounded by people that are constantly supporting me.

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Kelly Liska

Local First Arizona Foundation

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When I began my journey as an AmeriCorps Public Ally, I was kind of directionless. I went to school for Conservation Biology, which I loved, but after college I knew that I wanted to move back home to Tucson and work to make more of an impact on social and environmental issues locally. However, although I knew generally what impact I wanted to make, I wasn’t sure what steps I needed to take to make my goals a reality. I had plenty of ideas about what I didn’t want to do with my career, but not what I did.

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Terrence Telford

City of Tucson Planning and Development Services

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While having the opportunity to be in Public Allies, I have learned to connect avenues in life that I couldn't have imagine existed. I am now able to approach life situations accordingly, and I'm able to identify my strengths and weaknesses. I realize how much I have improved on in life, and things that I am still needing to improve on. Working with the City of Tucson has been such a great experience.

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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

David and Lura Lovell Foundation

David and Lura Lovell Foundation

Our mission: The Lovell Foundation will use its resources to fund programs in mental illness and integrative health and wellness, as well as programs that promote access to the arts for young people and gender parity.

Website: lovellfoundation.org

Human Services Campus

Human Services Campus

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

Website: hsc-az.org

Pima Community College

Pima Community College

Our mission: PCC is an open-admissions institution providing affordable, comprehensive educational opportunities that support student success and meet the diverse needs of its students and community.

Website: pima.edu

Tucson Clean and Beautiful

Tucson Clean & Beautiful

Our mission: The purpose of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is to preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County.

Website: tucsoncleanandbeautiful.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

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

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona Foundation

Our mission: Local First Arizona promotes, supports, and celebrates a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating citizens about local business ownership, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship, and collaboration.

Website: localfirstaz.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

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

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AZCEND

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

Website: azcend.org

City of Tucson

City of Tucson Planning and Development Services

Our mission: The City works to advance goals of sustainability, equity, economic growth and vibrant, livable neighborhoods through corridor and place-based initiatives and special projects.

Website: tucsonaz.gov

Greater Tucson Leadership

Greater Tucson Leadership

Our mission: The mission of Greater Tucson Leadership is to inspire, develop, and promote leadership that impacts the Greater Tucson Region.

Website: greatertucsonleadership.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

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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