Tillman became American Family's partner for the Phoenix STEAM & Dream event through her Chicago-based nonprofit that includes nationwide online programming aimed at encouraging and inspiring underserved youths to pursue STEAM disciplines. American Family also partners with ASU on college readiness and workforce development initiatives.

“American Family Insurance has been a significant partner for Access ASU’s Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program for the last three years, providing a recent $20,000 donation to the program,” said Allison Otu, associate vice president of outreach with Access ASU. “Additionally, we are working with American Family to develop workforce initiatives with our ASU students through internships, career development workshops and more. When American Family approached Access ASU with the interest in partnering for the first STEAM & Dream event in Arizona, we were excited to connect our school partnerships and ASU assets to support the event,” Otu said.

The summits are an extension of the STEAM & Dream programming that began during COVID-19 in Milwaukee in response to a lack of access to computers and STEM programs at home. In support of this programming, American Family Insurance invested $1.2 million in Urban Future Centers, a network of community-based organizations dedicated to fostering partnerships that build power and advance empowerment and equity for communities most impacted by physical, economic and social disparities.

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