EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER SUPPORT
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS
Families and individuals across the Valley struggle to keep up with rising living costs. It is often the case that the loss of a job, a medical crisis, or another unexpected financial burden can put these households at risk of homelessness and financial ruin.
A New Leaf’s Financial Empowerment services help households find financial stability, get ahead in the workforce, and ultimately start a business and pursue their dreams.
1 in 4
Arizona children live in poverty
1 in 5
households are extremely low income
3 in 10
adults have no emergency savings
1 in 4Arizona children live in poverty
1 in 5households are extremely low income
3 in 10adults have no emergency savings
Assets to Opportunity
The Assets to Opportunity (ATO) program offers 8:1 matched savings for education, 3:1 matched savings for small business, and financial literacy workshops.
Financial Wellness offers financial literacy classes and resources at no cost. Resources include personal finance classes, homeownership education, access to lending circles, and more.
Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN) helps low-income households across Mesa with rental and utility assistance. Additional services include employment support, financial planning, education services, weatherization support, and health services.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a powerful anti-poverty tool in which IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to low-to-moderate income households.
A New Leaf’s Workforce Services programs help all job seekers secure employment, create a plan for more stable employment, or move up in the workplace. Dedicated staff members help individuals develop resumes, secure job interviews, and connect with employers.
BankWork$ is an entirely free program that prepares individuals for a career in the financial sector. The program covers essential skills and information needed to succeed in the financial sector such as business etiquette, money handling procedures, and banking regulations.
Second Chance Program
A New Leaf’s Second Chance Program provides assistance those being released from prison into Maricopa County. Participants can receive employment services, professional clothing assistance, hygiene kits, and more.
MesaCAN Economic Development Program (MCEDP)
The MesaCAN Economic Development Program (MCEDP) is made up of Business Professionals committed to achieving success for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Veterans Business Outreach Center
VBOC provides business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals, to transitioning service members, Veterans, National Guards, Reserve Members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
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