Maryvale Spotlight: Maggie Saucedo
“With great power comes great responsibility,” said Magdelena “Maggie” Saucedo, quoting the 2002 Spider-Man movie, to a large group of Public Allies’ Cohort 13 members, peers, alumni and community partners during her Presentation of Impact. “You now have a responsibility, choice, opportunity and solution to educate people about Maryvale and help change the narrative of what Maryvale means.”
Maggie was placed at Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (MRC) as the Education and Volunteer Coordinator to complete a 10-month Americorps apprenticeship program through Public Allies. “At the completion of my programs, I was determined to contribute value to Maryvale by applying everything I had learned,” said Maggie. “When I found out I got the job at Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, I felt like everything that I had poured into my education had finally come to fruition. That was a really inspiring moment.”
Maggie has family and friends in the Maryvale community, and so the impact she has witnessed and influenced during her time with MRC is ‘personal’. HERO U, a three-part youth development program specifically designed for Maryvale 8th and 9th grade students, stands out to her. “We have maintained a 100 percent retention rate with the youth who joined the inaugural HERO U Academy this summer,” she said. “HERO stands for Helping Everyone Realize Opportunity, and the Maryvale community has rallied around these youth with support, mentorship and internships. Seeing the students’ growth in realizing opportunities within themselves, others and their community has been moving,” said Maggie.
HERO U introduces youth to the entrepreneurial mindset as a way to approach everyday life. “HEROs” in all forms ignite inspiration for the youth to be the best versions of themselves for the purpose of growing others and growing the Maryvale community. “The most rewarding result for me is that the students say that they want to be like members of the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation team,” said Maggie. “We encourage them to be better people for their community, and they see that.”
When asked what Maryvale means to her, Maggie responded, “community, family, holidays, and opportunity – not everyone sees the depth of Maryvale, but it’s powerful. People are always surprised to learn the median age in Maryvale is 26, and that if it stood on its own, it would be one of the largest cities in Arizona – sometimes people don’t even realize that they are in Maryvale!” Maggie then shared an image that she had taken on her way home from work one evening. It captured families watching their youth play little league baseball just as the sun set. “This is what Maryvale is all about,” she said.
Maggie’s personal goals contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive Maryvale, especially for women seeking leadership positions in the community. “I’ve sought out influential females in many communities to give advice on how to move up in the world as a leader and they often say ‘keep networking.’ I feel there has to be a more concrete answer out there.” Through the certification she is working towards, she will become a consultant that trains boards in any community, and wants to create a leadership program for women that expands horizons beyond the ‘glass ceiling.’
In December, as part of a campaign that Maggie is leading, she and the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation team will meet with the Commission on Service and Volunteerism branch of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family to become a certified service enterprise through Points of Light , a national organization that outlines the conditions for volunteerism to thrive within nonprofit organizations.
“Leading this effort for MRC has been a natural fit for Maggie, as she’s able to bring her extensive nonprofit background, leadership, research, organizational and relationship skills together in one project,” said Jaime Lyn Gonzales, MRC’s Associate Director. “As part of her internship and Public Allies capacity-building responsibilities, this certification is one of many ways Maggie has helped support MRC’s continued growth and impact in the village. She is a humble and mighty servant leader whom we are proud to have a part of our team.”
Maggie joined Public Allies, an Americorps Program, after graduating from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and earned the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from ASU’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. During her final year with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, she served as the organization’s president. She has served Valley of the Sun United Way as an engagement associate, worked with Native American Connections as a Research Assistant, was a family support specialist at Terros, and worked in the Family Involvement Center at Parent Partner. In Spring 2018 Maggie earned the Elizabeth S. Schade Scholarship, and in Spring 2019 she was the recipient of the George F. Miller Outstanding Student Award.
For more information on how to share your time, treasure or individual talents with the Maryvale community, please connect with Maryvale Revitalization Corporation at maryvalelife.com or email@example.com.