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Part 1: What does it take to bring light where there is darkness, provide stability amidst uncertainty, and guide growth through change? The marks of a true ChangeMaker. This week, Katie welcomes Afira DeVries, a devoted leader empowering vulnerable youth. As President and CEO of Monarch School in San Diego, Afira leads an extraordinary public school serving students impacted by homelessness. Join us as we explore Afira’s journey and discover how she empowers youth, develops leaders, and transforms communities with her vision of a future where all children can thrive. A light in the darkness, a voice for the voiceless, a force for good – this is the resilient spirit of a true ChangeMaker.

Part 2: In part two of our conversation, ChangeMaker, Afira DeVries takes us deeper into her inspirational work with Monarch School. We learn the meaning behind the school’s name – how even when circumstances are difficult, each child has the potential to transform and take flight like the monarch butterfly. Afira shares powerful stories of students who found hope and purpose through Monarch’s unique approach. These accounts illuminate the profound impact of providing a stable community and personalized support. Tune in to be moved by stories of resilience, care, and the life-changing effects of believing in every child.