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November 5th Program Speaker

Candice spent the majority of her career in the for-profit global consulting industry, working for major corporations such as Saint-Gobain and SAP. In 2017, she realized that the time had come for her to use her business background to benefit those who need it most. In Arizona, she found out that 50% of the youth aging out of foster care would end up homeless by their 20th birthday. A third of these homeless youth will be victim of sex trafficking. That is when she found her purpose. For the past 2 years, she has been working towards building a program, Foster360, that helps this vulnerable population navigate through the services at their disposal to help them create a successful and fulfilling life. At Foster360, they fight for youth to avoid homelessness and sex trafficking by helping them connect with services within their community. Candice's main purpose is to create equal opportunity for all youth, regardless of their background and social status. She believes that by helping today's youth become productive members of society, the tragic cycle of poverty, homelessness and desperation can be broken to create a new generational path.

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2020  WISE Scholarship winners
We are proud to announce the 2020 winners of our WISE Scholarship! 
Women Investing in Successful Education scholarships are awarded annually to girls enrolled in an Arizona college or university. 

This year's winners are Ci'Mone Rogers, Brianda Gonzalez, Caitlin Cardenas, and Azza Abdalla.  Congratulations!

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Meet our 2020 Live Your Dream Award recipients this year.

Teshaka McFadden,our 3rd place awardee, is a single mom of a 2 year old son.  She is a full-time student at Mesa Community College pursuing an Associate's degree in Nursing.  Her anticipated graduation date is June 2024.  Teshaka's ultimate goal is to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and to become a Registered Nurse.  For the past 2 years, Teshaka has faced homelessness.  Yet, she has been able to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused on her studies.  She is working on creating a better life for herself and her son.

Stephany Poe
, our 2nd place awardee, is a single mom of 3 girls ages 12, 11 and 8.  She works full-time while working towards her Bachelor's degree in Technical Management at Devry University.  Her anticipated graduation date is July 2020.  Stephany's goal is to obtain an Executive Leadership position in development of global business.  Stephany has also faced homelessness.  Her focus is reaching her educational goals, as well as helping others as a volunteer, helping women identify and remove barriers to wellness in their lives.

Sirrene Ayyad, our 1st place winner, is a single mom of a 6 year old son.  She is a  full-time student and manages her own cleaning business.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Arizona State University.  Her anticipated graduation date is May 2021.  Sirrene's ultimate goal is to become a Dentist.  She also serves as a peer mentor and tutor helping others achieve their goals. 

LYDA 2020

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