In this episode, I speak with Liza Romero about the under-utilized talent and ambition of youth in underserved communities around the country. Liza is a cofounder of the Sonoran Initiative: a non-profit dedicated to disrupting generational poverty and creating sustainable, permanent solutions for youth in neglected ZIP codes.
Liza grew up in North Philadelphia and experienced an intimate relationship to poverty. Unlike many of her friends and family members, Liza was lucky and made her way out of poverty and now she’s paying forward that lucky break by advocating for youth in communities like the one she grew up in.
Tune in for a discussion of the factors that contribute to generational poverty as well as what it takes to interrupt it and tap into the huge reservoir of brilliance in these underserved yet deserving communities. Enjoy!
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“We knew that we were brilliant, we knew we had talent, we knew we possessed all sorts of skills and acumen and abilities but there was no structure.” – Liza Romero
- What the Sonoran initiative is all about and why it’s important
- The hidden potential of underserved communities
- How to break the cycle of poverty
- Liza’s story
- How Sonoran’s model works
“What I grew frustrated with was seeing so much of the potential around me, even my own, fizzling out and in some cases dying, either literally or figuratively on our blocks.” – Liza Romero
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