Programs

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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Daisy Talavera

Explore Class 2 Visits Yuma: Community as a Strategy

Daisy Talavera, Valley Leadership’s new Director of Strategic Learning, dives into her experience with Explore Class 2 and their trip to Yuma! She describes learning about Yuma’s thriving agriculture industry, focus on education, widespread immigration and water issues, and community-oriented values.

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Aki Sagi

5 Things to Expect From Valley Leadership’s Explore Program

Explore takes participants out of their comfort zones to get to know the great diversity of the state and how our most pressing issues show up in rural, urban, suburban and Native communities. If you are a VL Alumni with a passion for forging connections while experiencing Arizona’s many diverse communities, this program is for you! Learn more about what participants can expect.

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Valley Leadership

107 Arizonans Selected for Catalyze Class 2

107 Arizonans have been selected for the second Catalyze class. During the 6-month program, participants grow their connections to the people and issues that impact Arizona, while gaining new skills and experiences. By the end of the program, each participant leaves with a commitment and a plan for how to get more engaged in the community.

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