Swift Youth Foundation stands in solidarity with all those who are fighting for a better and more just world. In our 40 years of existence, we have never stopped doing the work to provide year-round resources and programming for communities that may not otherwise have them and to offer nothing but love, respect, and dignity to every single person that touches our organization.
At Swift, we envision a future of youth and teens who are equipped with the leadership skills to reach their full potential and are inspired to carry out a lifelong commitment to their communities. We know that this vision cannot be fully realized for our community until systemic injustice and racism are eliminated from our society and we believe unequivocally that black lives matter.
Among our core values is a belief that youth, teens and young adults with a commitment to social action are critical in building a better world. That’s why we are proud to be an organization that empowers the voices of people of color and support them when they use their voice to make a difference. We also want our volunteers, donors and providers to be proud of their involvement in our organization every step of the way. We will continue to listen to their voices so that we can be better serve our community.
I am a recent graduate from Arizona State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a minor in Educational Studies from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and came to Phoenix for the heat, and have loved every stifling day since. With that being said, I love being outdoors, whether that be hiking, playing, or exploring the city. I also am a major foodie, and will try just about any food and love finding new restaurants. Most of my time is spent eating.
How did you first become involved with Swift Youth Foundation?
I first became involved with Swift as a Swift After School volunteer at Swift Club ASU, after finding them at an involvement fair not long after I started at ASU. Going to Swift After School quickly became part of my weekly schedule and my favorite of my week. I officially joined the Swift staff in January 2020.
Why did you decide to more deeply support Swift and join the Swift Staff?
I decided to join the Swift staff because I had fallen in love with going into the schools every week and getting to interact with the kids. By joining the staff, I hoped to be able to make even more of an impact in the schools and at camp because of how much I support and believe in the work the Swift Youth Foundation is doing. I believe that the impact has only begun and that Swift will continue to touch the lives of children, preparing them for their potential and supporting the community as a whole.
What is your favorite Swift program and why?
My favorite Swift program is Swift After School because it was how I was introduced to the organization so it will always hold a special place in my heart but in addition to that, I believe the After School programs have the unique pleasure of going into the youth’s world and allowing us to work with them in their own setting and be a part of their lives in their community. It is gratifying and humbling for me to be offered the pleasure to interact with these children in their world and hopefully have an impact on them.
At Camp Swift, are you Team Grilled Cheese or Team Tomato Soup?
I of course, am Team Grilled Cheese! Between my love for cheese and bread and my lack thereof for tomato soup, I am Team Grilled Cheese through and through.
Team Swift members are all former teen mentor counselors who chose to take their leadership journey to the next level and act as ambassadors for the organization. From taking on fundraising campaigns to engaging in community outreach activities and assisting with Swift program development and facilitation, Team Swift members are empowered to play an active role in running our nonprofit organization! So with out further ado....
Meet our team!
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, our Swift Saturday program was fortunate enough to have 40 enthusiastic Arizona State University students take over our regularly scheduled program and facilitate the "Swift University" program they created.
Swift University was a program created and grant funded by the Swift Club at ASU. Featuring a focus on STEM based learning, the program encouraged Swift youth to experience four different areas of learning including; Physics, Psychology, English, and Chemistry. Swift youth spent the day exploring each area of study through different stations of hands-on learning in a fun and uniquely Swift way!
Check out the slideshow of photos from the day! A huge thank you to Alyssa Manzo and the Swift Club at ASU! This was an incredible day of learning that our Swift youth will never forget! If you'd like to learn more about the Swift Club at ASU, please contact Alyssa Manzo, Club President.
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