Meet Our 2022 PHX RISE Interns!

Get to know our new PHX Rise interns for summer 2022!

Madison Diaz


My name is Madison, I am 16 years old and I go to South Mountain High school where I am going into my senior year. Working here with PAZ is my first job and I started working with them through the PHX Rise program. My future goal is to go to college and get a job that I really enjoy doing.



Chariot Waddell


My name is Chariot and I am 16 years old. I attend Desert Vista where I am a Junior. I came to PAZ because I Love being a force of change in my community. I believe that voting is the number one way to place people in office that will advocate for the wants and needs of the community. I love PAZ’s mission to encourage people in the latino community to vote and help migrants thrive in our community. I am a tenacious leader who excels in everything I set out to accomplish. I feel most at peace  when I am spending time outside with the people I love. I get filled with joy when I am using my god given talents to create change in the community. I plan to first pursue higher education and get my PHD. What sparks my interests right now is medicine, mechanical engineering, biology, and language learning. I dream of my career involving traveling around the world, exploring new places and meeting new people.I aspire to learn about different cultures and reconnect with my roots.


Elijah Munoz


My name is Elijah and I am 16 years old and attend Mountain Pointe High School Where I am a Junior. I am at PAZ because I Signed up for the PHX Rise program where I landed here. It was very convenient that I was selected to work at PAZ because I love to help people and here at PAZ, they are all about helping people in need. I love to watch sports and play video games with my cousins and friends. I am very open minded and willing to try a lot of new things. For the future I plan to go to college and major in something that has to do with science because that is what I am very interested in right now.   


Maya Diaz


My name is Maya and I am 20 years old. I came to PAZ through the PHX Rise program where they gave me the opportunity to work with them. I graduated last year with 3 letter recommendations  from the state senate and the democrat also the House of Representatives. I have a certificate of recognition from the Arizona State Senate. My future plans are to go to school for forensic photography.  




Za'niyah Molett


My name is Za'niyah, I am 16 years old and I attend Cesar Chavez where I am a Junior. I like helping people in the community and I thought this program would help me with self-discipline, self-esteem, and be more indulgent. I’m optimistic, kind, outspoken and I love anything where I can step out of my shell. Reading, listening to music, taking risks, and being spontaneous are things I love to do. In the future I plan on going to college and studying child psychology, Journalism, writing, and working at a therapy company. I want to be a psychotherapist and/or be a journalist and writer/author.

Esmeralda Valenzuela


My name is Esmeralda and I am 20 years old. I attend ASU online where I am a Rising Junior who transferred from out of state. I was brought to PAZ because I signed up for an internship at RISE Arizona and was matched with Promise Arizona. I currently study history and spend my time reading. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. In the future, I hope to be able to do research related to my major.

Brynn Hansen


My name is Brynn, I am 17 years old and I am a senior at Mountain Pointe High School. I was brought to PAZ because my Mother works with the boys and girls club, and she was telling me about a program called the PHX Rise. I was not sure where I would be placed but, I am glad it has to do with immigration and voting rights. I have been dancing on and off for years and I just recently made it into my school's company dance program. I am very organized, talkative and I love meeting new people and trying new things. I am still unsure of what I want to do. I have a passion for culinary, as well as interior design. I do know that I want to dance in college, hopefully for the Phoenix Suns.   



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