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Alycia Gleave is the Marketing and Communications Manager of Bayaud Enterprises Inc. headquartered in Denver. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and learn more at bayaudenterprises.org.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Alycia Gleave and I am the marketing and communications manager for Bayaud Enterprises Inc. I manage the communications internally and externally, create promotions, and manage media inquiries.
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR? WHY DOES THE WORLD NEED YOU?
Our mission is to create Hope, Opportunity and Choice, with work as the means through which people with disabilities and other hurdles to employment can more fully participate in the mainstream of life.
WHAT IMPACT ARE YOU MAKING?
We serve 2,000 people a year. Through matching abilities and aptitudes with appropriate employment, we give many an income as well as a purpose.
WHAT (OR WHO) INSPIRES YOU TO MAKE THIS IMPACT?
Those experiencing homelessness in Denver are very visible. The stigma of laziness and failures of character are attached to these people. I want to change the face of homelessness from a man panhandling on a corner to show the women and children who are invisible.
WHAT’S YOUR VISION, YOUR BIG DREAM, FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND THE IMPACT YOU WANT TO MAKE?
We are here to give purpose and pride to those who need supported employment. Employment matters.
WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THAT DREAM COME TRUE?
Support from individuals and corporations make our programs possible. We couldn’t do what we do without our partnerships with community-minded organizations and families.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU FACING?
Finding funding for our many projects is always an obstacle. We would love the community to give so we can create a place for those in need.
WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER LEADERS LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT?
Use what you have and where you are right now. Don’t wait for a sign, or a magical check in the mail, or any guarantees. The world needs more people who believe in changing the world – and then actually go do it.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE IMPORTANT WORK YOU’RE DOING?
Everyone deserves respect and a second chance.
HOW CAN OTHERS SUPPORT YOU OR YOUR CAUSE?
Corporate partnerships and individual donations keep our lights on. Please visit our website to see the options to support us.
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