ISDA GED Success

dylan

“My name is Dylan Johns. I moved to Ajo almost ten years to escape the gang violence up north on my hometown reservation. Since I moved, my life has changed dramatically. I am now more able to stay out of trouble. I’m also a young father, with two small children and a wife to support.

Studying in the ISDA GED and Job program is helping me successfully meet my goals for both employment and for education.  I know I can’t move forward financially without my high school equivalent. It was difficult to find work, as I either didn’t have the right connections or credentials. In the ISDA program, that doesn’t matter. We’re all treated equally and given the same benefits (a part –time job , free classes and  testing) if we follow a few simple rules. I now have employment as a benefit of my regular attendance in the academic classes. I was placed in a job, I like at a local business with a supervisor who takes an interest in me as a person. I also just passed two of the five tests required to get my full GED credential.

None of these positive changes, working at my job, attending the helpful classes or passing exams, would have been possible without the support and resources the ISDA GED Program provides. Nonetheless, funding for our jobs programs is always difficult even while it’s a powerful way to help a disengaged youth move forward toward living a better, more satisfying and successful life. Please consider making a generous donation today to support local out of work and out of school youth through our program by clicking here. Thank you!”

Ajo Regional Food Partnership Featured on AZ Public Media

From ‘Food Desert’ to ‘Food Oasis’ Through Gardening

On July 3, Ajo Regional Food Partnership (ARFP) and other community members who are invested in community gardening were featured in an Arizona Public Media story. Gayle and Don Weyers are shown in their Loma Bonita garden. Fran Driver, CEO of Desert Senita Community Health Center shared some of the history behind Ajo’s movement. To watch Nina Altshul (ARFP) and Don Luria (Community Foundation of Southern Arizona) talking about the abundance of produce being grown in Ajo, visit this link.

photo credit: Jewel Clearwater Fraser

photo credit: Jewel Clearwater Fraser