MAAFL currently has a Board of Directors of 10 members who represent the communities in which they serve: Joyie Oliver, Chairman; Shirley Butler, Vice Chairman; Juanita Stafford, Treasurer; and Kim Hobbs, Secretary. Board meetings are held quarterly where all decisions for workshops, grants, etc. are made. MAAFL governs itself by four core values which spells out the word RICH: Reliability and Respect, Integrity, Caring, and Honesty. Qualified trainers for the workshops include the following individuals: Dr. Wanda Taylor, Director of Trainer; Lyda Harris and Shirley Butler. Ledis Brooks is the Admin Assistant and Joyie Oliver is the Project Event Manager.
On Auguts 4, 2017, Walmart #3465, Mike Thomas, presented MAAFL with a grant for $2,500.; and on July 7, 2017, Walmart #2515, Manager, Gary Wilson presented MAAFL with a grant for $1,000. These checks assisted MAAFL with its Annual Events: Easter Event, Backpack Event, Toy Drive/Event and Educational Workshops.
Twenty-Five youth, including Kids For Christ from the Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation (DGMF), received Easter Baskets on Saturday, April 15, 2017; the event was held at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center in Phoenix AZ. Sponsoring this Easter Event were Dr. Wanda Taylor, President and CEO of Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL) and Shirley Butler of Neighborhood Services, Community Worker III. Other key staff and volunteers included: Ledis Brooks, MAAFL Admin Assistant: volunteers, six year old Nevaeh Riley, Ed Black, and Gordon Hope; MAAFL Board Members, Helen Walker, Jacqueline Brown, and Kim Hobbs; and DGMF Staff, Event Coordinator, Knoye Jackson.
Forty youth attended MAAFL’s 4th Annual Easter Event on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 in Downtown Phoenix AZ. Sponsoring this Event were Dr. Wanda Taylor, President and CEO of Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL), Shirley Butler of City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services, Community Worker III, and Co-Sponsor, Barbara Tucker of the Alicia Neighborhood Association
As youth signed in for the event they received a raffle ticket and raffle prizes. Each of the children received refreshments along with their Easter Baskets. As MAAFL want the youth to understand that Easter is not just a time to receive Easter Baskets, each youth were asked to stand and tell “What Easter Means to me?”
Special thanks were extended to Walmart and Sam's Club, Safeway, Albertson's Food Stores, Kroger and Fry's Stores and a host of donors and volunteers for making this event a great success.
MAAFL brings hope and smiles to youth in South Phoenix by providing backpacks filled with school supplies at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center in Phoenix AZ on Saturday, July 21st. Dr. Wanda Taylor, Founder, President and CEO of Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL), Shirley Butler of City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services, Community Worker III, and three volunteers who participated in this event: Danajha Dixon, Azaria Anderson, and Adrian McNeil.
Special thanks were given to the following donors and supporters of MAAFL who assisted in making this a successful event: The Arizona Informant Newspaper, Walmart and Sam’s Club, Safeway, Albertson’s and a host of donors and volunteers. As the children received their backpacks, they were given snacks and several took the microphone to answer two questions: 1) What do you like most about going to school and 2) What item will you use the most from your back pack?
Volunteer, Adrian McNeil, conducted several raffles, but two outstanding raffle winners were 12-year-old, J’Miryn and 7-year old, Charles. MAAFL’s Mission is “Dedicated to providing leadership skills to the low-income in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with a focus on at-risk youth, homeless victims and domestic violence victims; its mentoring services include: self-esteem workshops, one-on-one mentoring, DES/AHCCCS Services, job application, job- placement, referral services, and many other services.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018