i am you 360
Founder and Executive Director
Desiree Cook is Founder and CEO of I Am You 360 incepted in 2014. Desiree is the mother of 7 children and married since 2002 and a licensed natural hair stylist since 2011.
Desiree’s lived experiences includes low self esteem, survivor of domestic violence, drug addiction, incarceration, and her own children being raised by her mother and placed in foster care.
Desiree desired to speak her truth, become accountable and reach back to pay it forward and put the spotlight on the customized and personalized needs of the most vulnerable population (foster care, homeless youth, and families. She believes they deserve to be treated with dignity so they can feel dignified. Her advocacy leads to being a voice for the voiceless and to be treated as a whole person.
Desiree’s concept first began with children should not look like their circumstances, and decided to do something about it. By providing customized, personalized, new full size hygiene according to age, gender, and ethnicity, and with her hygiene dispensary to refill each hygiene bag every 6 weeks, followed by a copyrighted 10 week Self Empowerment Curriculum, and developed the Small Home Experience (10 tiny homes). She believes in and involved with self development, life skill development, and homeownership programs to break the generational cycles and create generational change. Her burning desire was to remove the barcode stigma that hover over the most vulnerable population and remove the band aid so they can heal, restore, and see themselves as somebody. She wholeheartedly believes a healthy view of self is connected to healthy decision making, and how you treat yourself and how you treat others.
Desiree has revolutionized her community with unique, and holistic programs and services. Her vision is to empower the whole person inside and out. Our goal is to sew the most vulnerable population back into the fabric of our community.
She has lead the community to become accountable by way of creating awareness and educate about the crisis in Arizona primarily about foster care and homeless youth need us the most. (7,000 homeless youth and over 3,000 children in foster care)
Her award winning ideas has lead to a movement called “I Am Somebody”
She remains passionate and dedicated to planting seeds of hope, so together we can watch our youth grow and become fruitful.
Michelle Ihegborow is a licensed Realtor in the State of Arizona. She was stationed in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. She is married to Best Ihegborow. Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and continues education in her chosen field for the purpose staying on top of the most recent developments to properly advise and guide her clients. As a Realtor and as a person who is always of service Michelle believes knowing her community and its needs is very important. Michelle’s goals include supporting local business to stimulate our economy while spreading the word to her peers so they can support local as well. Michelle became affiliated with I Am You 360™ in its infancy when Desiree expressed her desire to plug into the community and show compassion for our youth who are in less than desirable situations. Michelle immediately understood Desiree’s vision and jumped on board.
Treasurer and Secretary
Delia Calixte-Mance was born and raised on the island of Saint Lucia. She moved to New York where she began her nanny career. She lived in Georgia for six years and now currently resides in Tucson. She is a mother of three beautiful children and married to her husband Jerome Mance. She had a career change and is now a Realtor with United Real Estate Southern Arizona.
Delia started off as a volunteer of I Am You 360™ and she currently holds the title of Secretary/Treasurer on the board. She brings twenty-three years of childcare experience to I Am You 360™. Her passion for helping others both in her personal and professional life along with the love she has for young children has been a tremendous asset to the organization. She is grateful for the opportunity to support her community and will continue to help motivate and build the self esteem of the younger generation for a better tomorrow.
Lalita Arnold is a published author, social worker, and Certified Professional Life Coach from Gary, In. As a social worker, Lalita has worked in the areas of LGBTQ, homelessness, domestic violence, child protective services, and more for 15 years. She chose to become a Certified Life Coach and speaker as an effort to reach more people in need. Lalita has always had a passion for working with people hands on while bridging the gap between people of varied racial, cultural, and socio-economic statuses. Lalita enjoys utilizing tools such meditation, mindfulness, as well as self-awareness in efforts to educate as many people as possible with developing practical solutions to every day problems.
My name is Nikieia Johnson and I am a community advocate, and champion for the voiceless. My experience with Boys & Girls Clubs has been a perfect fit for the work I Am You 360 does and I immediately found myself wanting to become part of an organization where folks aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get the job done, because I know from personal experience the impact positive mentoring can have on the life of a young person. I have nearly 20 years of experience in working with youth, their families, and community. I am one of 14 children and attended Purdue University where I earned my B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Development.
I became apart of I Am You 360™ because I have a passion for making an impact and difference in the lives of young people, our homeless and foster youth are often overlooked and miscounted and one of the many things I love about I Am You 360™ is that it becomes the voice for these young people whose voices are often unheard. Along with truly empowering all young people to have self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence to enable them to become academically successful. This organization fits perfectly into the work that I do daily and I am excited to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Clubhouse Director-Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse