Ashely Dickerson, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education with concentrations in Adolescents, Community Development and Africana Studies. While in college, Ashely gained extensive experience in the areas of curriculum development, budgeting, event planning, time management, data and community assessments, networking, leadership and capacity building and much more. During her undergrad, she served as a board member for African American Student Affairs where she coordinated and facilitated events and workshops to provide opportunities for students of color to engage in leadership, social justice and community awareness projects. She also served as the Social Justice Associate for Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona for 3 years working with the Community Justice Board of Southern Arizona, the juvenile justice system as well as foster care and domestic violence shelters to design alternative programming for girls ages 8-18. Through her experience, Ashely realized the need for more constructive and encouraging leadership programs for youth of color, which prompted her to design two leadership and empowerment programs called TogetHER and Activate AZ as her blueprint. Ashely is passionate about comprehensive education reform and community development and has volunteered with various organizations, charities and programs throughout the Phoenix Metro. She served as a second grade teacher at CASA Academy.