The Latest From Impact Maker: November 2021

November 15, 2021
Child Well-Being TeamEducation TeamJobs & Economy TeamNews and Announcements

We want to help you stay up to date about the work happening across our seven teams and let you know when and where you can engage to make an impact on that work.

Hit the Road with VL’s Explore

Launching in the spring, Explore takes VL alums out of their community – and their comfort zone – 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. Participants will expand their perspective, knowledge of the issues and have the time and space to forge strong relationships and build connections in all corners of the state.

Learn more and apply by Nov. 30 Dec. 14 at

Read Our Employer Consensus Report

The Impact Maker Jobs & Economy Team has focused their efforts on supporting workforce development. Over the summer, over 100 organizations responded to our employer survey about how they currently interact with prospective employees, particularly individuals recently released from incarceration, Medicaid-eligible individuals and other members of our community who face challenges finding consistent, long-term employment.

Read the employer consensus report for more details.

Partner Spotlights

Celebrate the Launch of ‘Read in Color’ in Phoenix

The national Little Free Library® (LFL) nonprofit organization is introducing its Read in Color diverse-books initiative in Phoenix in collaboration with Valley Leadership’s Impact Maker Education Team, Southwest Human Development and Phoenix Rotary 100. Through the initiative, 10 new Little Free Library book-sharing boxes will be established in high-impact areas and more than 2,000 books featuring characters of color – written by authors of color – will be distributed to promote understanding, equity and inclusion.

Read the press release.


Meet our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Partners

The Impact Maker Child Well-Being Team has committed to increasing supports for children and families interacting with the child welfare system. CASAs are citizen volunteers who do just that. They act as the “eyes and ears” of the juvenile court, advocating for the best interests of children who find themselves within the foster care system.

Join a CASA info session to meet our partners and learn more

Contribute to Impact Maker

You can share your time, talent, treasure – or a combination – to one or several Impact Maker Teams. Find out about the latest opportunities at