Sandra Raffaelli: November 6, 2019

FASHION, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, AND THE ARTS HELPING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

MEET THE 2019 COORS LIGHT LIDER OF THE YEAR; LEARN HOW SHE AIMS TO TRANSFORM LIVES OF LATINOS THROUGH ART

 

Sandra Raffaelli

West Palm Beach, FL – Founder and Director aZul for Better Living, Inc.

For more than a decade, the Coors Light Líderes program has recognized and highlighted the achievements of emerging Latino leaders through an online public voting competition, a national campaign, and robust community outreach. Sandra Raffaelli was named the 2019 Coors Light Líder of the Year and her award included a $25,000 grant to aZul for Better Living, a non-profit that provides services for people with special needs including fostering self-determination, inclusion, networking skills, decision making, and social integration, thus helping bright individuals who are otherwise isolated.

“Sandra’s enthusiasm and commitment to help others is contagious,” shared one of the seven people who nominated her. Helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is Sandra’s passion. Through creative, empowering programs in fashion, industrial design, and the arts, community members with special needs accomplish financial independence, dignity, and self-made success.

Sandra was among many Latino leaders nominated by local and national nonprofit organizations for their leadership and contributions to their communities.  The program has also raised awareness and highlighted the achievements of emerging leaders within the Hispanic community by offering up-and-coming Latino professionals leadership tools, counsel and the opportunity to network.

For more information go to: www.CoorsLightlideres.com

 

 

MORE ABOUT SANDRA RAFFAELLI:

Sandra Raffaelli didn’t know that she would become an entrepreneur, blending her desire to help others and her love of design into a successful career. She started as a teacher’s assistant in an elementary school in Chicago, working with students with special needs–including autism, cognitive disabilities and other health impairments. A few years later in 2014, she moved back home to Bogota, Colombia, where she founded aZul For Better Living, to unite both of her passions–fashion and helping people with disabilities. Her success in Bogota convinced her that she could replicate it in the States. She moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, and for two years worked with CareerSource Palm Beach County as a Disability Resource Coordinator, where she developed employment strategies and collaborated with countywide social services agencies to assist low-income adults with disabilities.

 

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