Angel Cordova: Following Your Dreams!
Angel Cordova was born and raised in Tucson and always dreamed of following in her families’ footsteps with a career in Health Care. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of her control, she became disconnected from school and work during her High School Years. After taking care of her ailing grandmother she recommitted to pursuing a career as a certified caregiver but didn’t have the resources or sufficient test scores to enter the Caregiver Training Institute (CGTI). That’s where United Way of Tucson stepped in with assistance through two different programs:
- United Way connected her to The Youth Leadership Council who helped her engage with her peers to study for and receive sufficient test scores to enter the Caregiver Training Institute.
- United Way of Tucson’s ELDER Alliance connected her to our Direct Care Training Program that assisted with her application and test fees to receive her certification and helped her with job placement and continuous peer support as a caregiver in her career.
“I have learned many different ways to help my community and how I can help those who are in my community. Through United Way of Tucson I am to help the youth of the community and through the Direct Care Worker Program I am help to help the elders of the community. I am truly looking forward to helping our most vulnerable populations: our youth and aging populations through the programs of United Way of Tucson.”
Angel’s story is just one among many success stories made possible by the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our educational programs have touched countless lives, providing vital resources and opportunities to our cities youth. Just this past year your United Way distributed 188,884 books to children in Southern Arizona, for many of these children they were the first books they ever owned. We connected 1,372 opportunity youth, just like Angel, back to education and career pathways, opening doors to a brighter future. 780 early childhood educators received supportive services to build a stronger foundation for our community’s youngest members.
United Way of Tucson is committed to improving educational and life outcomes for children, youth and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education. If you’re interested in learning more about our educational programs you can visit our education page here.
We are equally committed to providing equitable access through education and resources to improve the quality of living and dying for older people and their families. If you’re interested in learning more about our Direct Care Worker program, visit our webpage here.