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ALA-Ironwood Crew

Q1 2019

Workforce Development Training Course


Check out this video to hear the impact this course had on the first two cohorts from Combs High School & American Leadership Academy-Ironwood. The testimonials from the students, sponsors, and school administrators are a powerful illustration for how this piloted program helped create growth increases of over 100% in 10/11 categories they were measured in. GRAPH OF RESULTS

Check out these student testimonials from the October 2019 graduates at American Leadership Academy-Ironwood campus as they each share their own perspective on the benefits they gained from the course, how it has influenced their life, and the goals they will reach now because of it.

This nine-week training is conducted by a certified facilitator in a collective, experiential learning format, where students will discover how to develop and utilize their unique talents, strengths, and abilities to help raise their ceiling of potential in life and become more workforce ready.  Each new week, there will be guided, interactive discussions with content focused on helping students discover how to develop positive success habits for the following fundamental life skills:

  • Purpose & Goal Achievement-operating  in alignment with their unique CliftonStrengths

    • Includes-Digital monitoring & coaching for Strengths-based  habit-forming tool provided for each student

  • Social Skills-communicating, listening, understanding, collaborating, team building

  • Resiliency-handling the emotional ups & downs of life

  • Problem Solving & Decision Making

  • Strengths-based Resume Building & Interviewing Skills

  • Learning from local leaders-local leaders will come share their unique  stories, offer perspective on career literacy, pathways to follow to explore their interests & curiosities, how to cultivate their skills and what they naturally are best at.

  • Graduation Celebration-opportunity to share the benefits & value gained from the ‘study’ experience   

  • Introductions to Local Business Leaders in the field of their interest for future pursuit


Champion Sponsor

  • $5000-supports 4 students to attend the program in one Quarter

  • Branded company logo on all marketing materials, student binders, certificates, and graduation T-shirts

  • Promotional video of your business The Change Project team will market on your behalf

  • Direct Link to your website for both future business opportunities & prospective employees to peruse

  • Presentation of graduation certificates to students during closing ceremony

  • Social Media recognition on all platforms for your support of this program

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Leading Sponsor

  • $1250/Student

  • Direct Link to your website for both future business opportunities & prospective employees to peruse

  • Promotional tag under your branded logo to assist in your current marketing initiatives

  • Social Media Recognition on all platforms for your support of this program

Leading Sponsors

*2 Students*

Aura C Electric

Aura C Electric

* 1 1/2 Students*

*1 Student*

Urban Energy Solutions is proud to support Erica and The Change Project. We hosted a powerful leadership course in which Erica facilitated here at the UES office. While the content was very helpful, Erica’s passion and vulnerability helped a bunch of hardened construction workers to also change and mold into better employees. It was an easy decision to get behind The Change Project because as we all know finding quality help in any profession can be a struggle. We believe in the importance of our local companies to get behind our local youth to help grow and shape their minds along with giving them tools to be the successful employees and/or leaders of the future. We look forward to seeing where The Change Project can take our youth in the future.
— Chris Flores, EMS Director, Urban Energy Solutions

When Erica shared with me what The Change Project was engaging in for the purpose of workforce development, I could simply not say no to getting behind these efforts! Being an employer in the trades, I experience first hand the struggles that not only businesses endure, but also witness the uncertainties our youth are burdened with as they attempt to find their calling by navigating through the expectations of others. Although I am a staunch spokesperson for the trades, I believe everyone has a unique talent or gift that once uncovered, taps into great joy, sense of worthiness and eventually enormous accomplishment. I look forward to watching the success of The Change Project come to life.
— Joel Harris, Owner, Sterling Services

Bella Casa Realty is extremely proud to support The Change Project and the extraordinary kiddos brave enough to step up and learn more as they navigate their way to adulthood and into successful careers. The decision to sponsor one of the kiddos was an easy decision. Being involved in DECA in high school greatly impacted my life and set me toward my career path. Erica, is taking it to the next level by giving our kids the opportunity to learn about their strengths and how to leverage their traits for optimum success. I look forward to hearing about all the successes of this program and the kiddos involved.
— Tammy Medigovich, Owner, Bella Casa Realty

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Supporting Sponsor

  • $625

  • Sponsorship of ½ student for a quarter to attend the Course

  • Promotional tag under your business name to assist in your current marketing initiatives

  • Social Media Recognition on all platforms for your support of this program

Supporting Sponsors

  • Joanna Carson-Keller Williams BVO Luxury Homes

I met Erica in 2016 and immediately connected with her passion and commitment to making a difference. As the Change Project was coming to fruition, I knew without a doubt I would support Erica on this mission.
Erica and I share many of the same perspectives and to join forces with a vibrant and talented individual on a ferocious journey to help our leaders and youth to transform and unlock their potential is beyond a doubt one of the greatest contributions to society one can make
— Joanna Carson, Agent/Coach/Trainer, BVO Luxury Homes


Participation Sponsor

  • $250

  • Sponsorship of $250 to contribute towards students attending the program

  • Social Media Recognition on all platforms for your support of this program

Participation Sponsors

  • Courtyard Marriott

  • Use My Guy Services

  • Total Presence Management

  • Kelly Principe-Whole Body Healing

  • Ross Williams

  • Dennis Tatlock & Vanessa Darling

  • Lesley Wright-Mom’s Who Stick Together-Mesa, AZ Conference

  • Shawn Zajas-Roots Cause

  • Ann Martin-Apricity Wealth Management

  • Ty Schraufngel-American Family Insurance

  • Malloy Reis- Edward Jones

  • Lea Spall-New Traditions Realty

  • Bryan McClure-Primerica

You inspired me from the first time I met you Erica. When I’m near you, I want to work harder on myself to project positivity. I have always wanted to participate in the sessions you offered through your former company. Now that you have taken this huge leap into The Change Project, I feel you are filling a huge void, and providing something that is sorely needed for our young students transitioning into young adults. I can only look at my own three daughters, and the methods by which they chose their paths, to see how needed The Change Project is. They have all dealt with low self-esteem and confidence issues to varying degrees, and in different ways. Even though my two older daughters are successful college graduates, by what metric are we measuring “success”? They both still struggle to find true happiness in their careers. What The Change Project provides is the means to find your true calling and to be excited about “adulting”, not dreading it as so many students do. You are giving these students not only the resources they need to achieve their dreams, but the best facilitator anyone could possibly wish for in guiding them. When I see what you’re doing, I get excited, because our country needs this! These kids are the future, and we need to turn things around, from the anxiety-ridden, depressed teenagers fearing the future, to the students who are sitting in your Workforce Development sessions, sharing their hopes, thoughts, dreams, and getting excited for their futures with you. I say “with” you because anyone who benefits from sitting in your class cannot help but be excited for the future, Erica!! What a shame it would be for students to miss out on what you’re offering because of funds. That’s why I fought to be able to sponsor (at any level).
— Laura Moats, Sales Manager, Courtyard Marriott

Other Donations

  • Big Frog Customer T-Shirts & More: Graduation Shirts

  • H & K Photography-Graduation Photos

  • Sharper Image Glass Works, LLC- $100 Donation

  • Deanna Gnadt, Juice Plus-$100 Donation

‘Chomp with The Change’ Fundraiser Hosts

($4,856.45 raised to date)

  • Culver’s Queen Creek

  • Old Ellsworth Brewing Company

  • Nando’s, Queen Creek

  • Bar Vinedo

  • Barro’s Pizza, Queen Creek

Want to explore how to get involved?


Or better yet, call: 602-214-2787

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— Carl R. Rogers