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Samantha Siers

Program and Operations Coordinator LIFT Chicago; Auxiliary Board President, San Miguel School

Chicago, IL

Increasing the financial and mental well-being of families of color by expanding access to high-quality education, support services, social capital, and direct cash transfers.

Samantha Siers is a program and operations coordinator at LIFT Chicago, providing individual support and care to parents as they pursue their career, education, and financial goals. Driven by her personal experiences with teen parenthood, Samantha is dedicated to supporting underinvested communities by connecting them to the necessary resources. As the Auxiliary Board President of San Miguel School, Samantha supports the school’s mission to uplift Back of the Yards, a community that has been historically deprived of resources, through increased access to high-quality education, therapeutics, and language support. She plans to use the Scholars program to address an urgent need in the communities she serves: launching a low-cost mental health support hotline for mothers experiencing mental health challenges, and bringing together a network of therapists, doulas, and social workers to fill this gap.

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