Jennifer Gastelum

Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 3 Visits Navajo Nation!

Explore’s Class 3’s final journey took participants across Navajo Nation to experience the rich local culture, learn from inspiring leaders, and further their understanding of the many assets that Navajo Nation has to offer!

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 3 Visits “Ambos Nogales”

Explore Class 3’s second trip spent two days in “Ambos Nogales” (Spanish for “both Nogales”), which refers to the connecting border cities in Arizona and Mexico! The significance of this region for our larger state cannot be overstated, and there is an endless well of knowledge to gain during our visit. 

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 3 Kicks Off With Foundations Day

Explore Class 3 kicked off their programming with a foundations day at The Studios at Mesa City Center! The cohort learned more about the AZ’s rich history, built connections with their fellow leaders, and set the stage to foster positive impact throughout various Arizona communities.

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 2 Final Reflection & Graduation

The second year of VL’s Explore class has wrapped! The Class 2 Explore cohort gathered in mid June for a final reflection of the program and a celebratory dinner. The day was designed to create space for the group to get creative and connect over the shared experiences.

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 2 Visits Navajo Nation

Explore’s final journey took the class from Flagstaff to Hard Rock, to Monument Valley and back down through Cameron Trading Post; 776 miles and over 13 hours of driving to visit just a few of the many assets that Navajo Nation has to offer. Read more about their final trip.

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 2 Visits Buckeye!

Explore Class 2 took the program’s 5th trip to Buckeye last week to learn more about economic development, local small business entrepreneurship, and all things sustainability.

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Jennifer Gastelum

Explore Class 2 Visits Mesa

Explore Class 2 recently traveled to Mesa, where participants had the chance to learn about the community’s focus on arts and culture, affordable housing efforts, economic development and immersive media experiences at the ASU MIX Center!

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