Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) founded by Dr. Wanda Taylor, Founder, President and CEO. Its mission is to provide a quality Leadership Program to individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, with a focus on at-risk youth, individuals who have chronic illnesses, homeless victims, domestic violence victms and individuals who are in transition. MAAFL's purpose is to offer The Career Development Leadership Program in five components, life-skills, career readiness, college readiness, small business administration, and mentoring. 1) Life-skills increases one's self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-motivation. 2) Career Readiness teaches resume writing, business etiquette, and job skills. 3) College readiness prepares high school seniors for life after high-school and enrollment procedures; 4) Small Business Management teaches minorities the skills they need to open and operate their own small business; 5) and mentoring is provided in groups and one-on-one in all areas of leadership. MAAFL's vision is to "transform ordinary individuals into leaders - first, leaders of their own lives and then, leaders of others!"
Because of the outstanding work of Dr. Wanda Taylor with the help of her Board of Directors and volunteers, she was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for Justice in September 2011 at the Ninth Annual Arizona African American Legislative Leadership Conference 2011; and in February 2010, Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL) received a Notice of Certification as a Qualifying Charitable Organization for the State of Arizona. MAAFL has been featured in the Arizona Republic Newspaper, the Arizona Informant Newspaper, and ABC Channel 15.
The Career Development Leadership Program Mentoring program occurs throughout the program workshops and is extended six months (minimally) after the end of the program for continued learning, training, and tracking.
"With the increasing of psych-social 'life' skills and the enhancement of career skills, individuals are able to become self-sufficient and are able to regain leadership of their own lives and inherit the skills to become leaders in their communities.
One a one-on-one basis, Dr. Taylor assist individuals who are desperately seeking, food, jobs and dealing with self-esteem issues. Some services include the following: Assisting individuals in applying online for Department of Economic Security Services, such as Food Stamps and AHCCCS medical services, Unemployment Insurance, job search, self-esteem counseling, as well as owning and operating a small business. Dr. Taylor also works as a part-time teacher in the Peoria Unified School and Phoenix School Districts, and she is the Director of Training for the Career Development Leadership Program, and is the primary trainer of the workshops. The workshops are run through collaborations with other non-profit organizations; current partnerships are with UMOM New Day Centers (homeless families); the City of Phoenix Housing Department (youth, ages 12 - 21) and Phoenix Unified High School District. Some past collaborators have been United Way Firestar (jobless individuals); Fresh Start Women Resource Center (women in transition); US Vets-Phoenix (homeless men and women veterans); CASS Homeless Shelter; South Mountain YMCA and South Mountain High School (teens, ages 12-18).
MAAFL defines the following geographic boundaries as the community that it serves: this includes the Roosevelt Park Residential District, 7th Avenue to 16th Street, and from Broadway to Southern, in Phoenix, Arizona (however no areas are left out).
Dr. Taylor leaves her readers with the following message:
"As you climb your mountain - mentor or coach other along he way. for
what good is it to climb your own mountain alone, only to reach the top
and proclaim in one small voice "I Made it!" Why not mento or coach
others and lift them as you climb. Then when you reach the top, many
voices can be heard, screaming "WE MADE IT!" (Henderson-Taylor, 2004)
Chico's Outlet, at the Arizona Mills Location, will be partnering with MAAFL in a fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th, from 10 am - 5 pm; MAAFL will receive 10% of all sells on that day. The public is invited to attend this fundraiser to support MAAFL and its CAUSE to the community. Click Here to view the flyer. Click here to view the tickets (print and pass out tickets to all of your family and friends, and ask them to come out and SHOP!!!!)
Dr. Wanda Taylor
Founder, President and CEO
Mentoring All Americans for Leadership (MAAFL)
Office: (602) 938-4696