With new members and a new year, organizers with the ‘Mija, Yes You Can’ non-profit look to 2021 with positivity and a renewed mission of empowerment for women of all ages nationwide.
Local broadcast journalist Iris Lopez, founder of the organization, has overseen the growth from a one-woman-team in early 2020 to a diverse team of 22 women from different parts of the country.
“‘Mija, Yes You Can’ now has a full board of directors, with eight committees supporting the mission of the group: to provide a platform allowing all women to come together to learn from each other, relate to each other, and achieve their ambitions in life,” Lopez shares.
The Mijas’ community impact has piqued the interest of distinguished non-profits including GiGi’s playhouse, the UMC COVID-19
Compassionate Care fund, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and many more, who are newly committed to the Mija mission.
Among the list of 2021 goals for the Mija, Yes You Can organization is awarding scholarships to women striving in various career paths related to the arts, STEM, journalism, among others.
Additionally, the Mijas have prioritized cultivating community partnerships by donating proceeds of fundraising efforts to other local non-profits.
“We understand that this pandemic has been challenging for non-profit organizations in our community,” Lopez added. “As the Mijas team grows in numbers, we hope to mirror those gains with partnerships because we believe that’s how we can make a lasting impact for generations in all of our communities.”
Below is a complete rundown of members and their titles:
Alejandra Gaytan, Head Secretary
Nicole Ruiz, Co-Secretary
Alba Cook, Scholarship Chair
Jessica Romero, Scholarship Co-Chair
Fabiola Del-Toro, Workshops Chair
Idahly “Dolly” Sandoval, Workshops Co-Chair
Donna Lyn Munoz, Grants Chair
Vania Reyes, Grants Co-Chair
Sarah Zambrano, Mija Ambassador Chair
Along with the founding of the Mija Team:
Iris Lopez, Founder
Crystal Saavedra, President
Shelby Montgomery, Vice President Susie Zambrano, Treasurer
Lopez adds that, as the overwhelming community support continues, the Mijas seek the public’s assistance in continuing to spread awareness of this growing movement.
“There are many ways to get involved with the Mijas through volunteering, sending donations or becoming a sponsor,” Lopez said.
For more information about the project, visit www.Mijayesyoucan.org.