AZYouthForce Staff


Samantha Hansen

Director of Workforce Development & Career Pathways
(602) 343-1251 |

"I am an ASU graduate with a BA in Education. I started my career in workforce in 2003 as a case manager for adults and young adults. In 2007 I had the opportunity to lead a youth workforce program and I loved it. I love helping teens find their passion and reach their potential."


Josh Stine

Employer Partners

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Derrick Crawley

AZYouthForce Case Manager
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Richland

"My name is Derrick Crawley I am a club kid originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I love working with AZYouthForce because not only do I get to help prepare the next generations for the workforce and their futures. I also get to give back and be of service to the organization that changed my life and gave me a place I felt I belonged."

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Ebonee Robinson

AZYouthForce Case Manager
Arizona State University

"My name is Ebonee Robinson and I am an ASU graduate with a BS in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. I first got my start in youth development as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club in 2018. I have since worked with youth in many different capacities and found that I love working with teens the most. Being able to watch teens grow their skillset and flourish as they approach adulthood is my way of giving back and I am grateful that this is my career path."


Alica Moreno

Data and Outcomes Manager

"I was a club kid myself and once I aged out of the program, I knew I wanted to become a mentor like those who have mentored me so as soon as I turned 18, I applied to work with Boys & Girls Club. I am now at AZYouthForce and I love it because we get the opportunity to mentor teens and guide them to answer the big question anyone as a teen has been asked before and that is " What is your plan after graduation?". We help place them in an internship that interests them the most and continue helping them and provide resources once they become an AZYF Alumni. "


Elmer Valtierra

Group Case Manager

"I enjoy being a part of the AZYF team because I can provide opportunities for teens all over the Valley. I didn't have I had when I was a club member, such as the current internships and partnerships and continuing to mentor teens."


Maggie Saucedo

Program Manager Trainer

"I enjoy working with AZYouthForce teens because they are eager to learn, grow and take on the workforce. I feel confident and proud to see what the future holds and the impact the interns make not just on the workforce but also in the world."

AZYouthForce Ambassadors


Vivian Pelayo

AZYF Ambassador

Meet Vivian, an ambassador for AZYF for the past year. Since joining the team, she has learned the many different qualities that AZYF holds. Her favorite thing to do is visit our youth interns and photograph them in their internship positions. She started out as a Bank of America intern and has advanced within our organization ever since!


Fabiola Villa

AZYF Ambassador

Fabiola was an intern at Footprint arena in 2020. She is now a part time employee and attending ASU full time majoring in Psychology. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2023. She became an Ambassador in 2020/2021. She enjoyed community events and sharing her story with future AZYouthForce interns. She also participated in the Old Navy seasonal program and worked there for over two years. She is grateful to AZYouthForce because she learned a lot of meaningful skills.


Cesar Soberanes

AZYF Ambassador

Meet Cesar! He was an intern at Footprint arena in 2020. He is now part of their ticketing team part time and attending Phoenix College for his AA degree; he expects to graduate in fall 2023 and transfer to ASU. Cesar continues to engage in any way he can by sharing his journey with incoming Footprint interns or referring new teens. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity and the preparation AZYouthForce provided.


Jacqueline Lerma

AZYF Ambassador

Jackie was an intern at Footprint arena in 2020. Jackie completed her internship at Footprint Arena in 2021 where she then became a part time employee as a dispatcher; she stayed with the company for a little over six months. Then moved to a full time position with another company as she continued her education at ASU.


Timanie Hennesy

AZYF Ambassador

Timanie is a Bank of America Alumni. She participated in BofA internship in 2022 and graduated High school in May 2022. She is currently working on her own business as a travel agent and most recently joined AZYouthForce as an Ambassador. She wants to learn more leadership skills and be able to share with experience with other teens.