Valley Leadership’s Explore Program Goes to Nogales
Ambos Nogales (Spanish for “both Nogales”) refers to the two cities with the same name: Nogales, Arizona, United States, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
The Explore program included two full days in Nogales, one day in Arizona and one day in Sonora. In Arizona, we started with a panel on the economic development happening in the region and had a tour of a produce warehouse. We then moved on to learn about what education looks like at all levels, and how community development, entrepreneurship and the arts are contributing to the revitalization of the downtown.
“Once again, through my Valley Leadership Explore journey, I returned from our trip deeply changed from the experience and the people we met. The idea of interconnectedness across our state and border is taken to a new level through this program.”– Beth Maloney
In Sonora, we learned about the maquiladoras industry with representatives from ARINAC, the work with asylum seekers at Kino Border Initiative, and how Borderlandia is changing the conversation about the region. We ended by learning about the work of ARSOBO and FESAC, who practice asset based community development and support wheelchair users and people with hearing impairments to get access to the tools they need to improve their quality of life. The group walked away with extensive information to broaden their perspectives about what it means to live on the border, and the unique cultural identity of a community that exists in two countries.
“Valley Leadership uniquely put me face to face with a nationwide crisis and allowed true testimonials to shed such light on the divisive issue of immigration that it shattered my deeply held beliefs. I am forever grateful to VL for bringing me so close to the human root of it so that I am far better informed and truly feel the call to action.”– Salvador Bretts
Special thanks to all of our community partners who made the trip such an incredible experience.
|Tom Kiefer||Photographer, El Sueño Americano|
|Stephanie Bermudez||Startup Unidos|
|Brian Nelson||Pima Community College|
|Evan Kory||Santa Cruz County Arts for Learning Program Director|
|Priscilla Rodriguez||Artist / Nogallería|
|Alex La Pierre||Founder & Owner of Borderlandia|
|Francisco Padilla||Regional Director First Things First|
|Christopher Young||Chief Deputy, Superintendent’s Office|
|Jaime S. Chamberlain||Chamberlain Distributing Inc|
|Guillermo Valencia||President and Co-owner of Valencia International, Inc.|
|Greg Lucero||VP South32|
|Alan Aguirre||U of A Nogales, Student Services Coordinator|
|Eleazar Coronado||Senior Associate, Verdugo & Associates|
|Jaime Delgado||ARINAC President|
|Bruce Bracker||County Supervisor / Board of Nogales Community Development|
|Francisco Trujillo||Executive Director of ARSOBO|
|Alma Cota de Yanez||Executive Director FESAC|
|Joanna Williams||Executive Director Kino Border Initiative|
|Josh Rubin||Vice President of Business Development at Javid LLC|