The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) is pleased and proud to continue our partnership with the Intel Corporation for our 7th year.

Watch a segment on the Intel Mentoring Program featured on the PBS program Arizona Horizon.

Watch a video about FIREDOX — software created from the Gilbert Fire Department’s mentoring partnership with Intel.

The Intel Corporate Quality group provides skill-specific volunteers as mentors to small and medium-sized organizations throughout Arizona. Through Intel’s “Skills-based Volunteering” Program, Intel Quality employees are matched to organizations based upon their experience, skill sets, passion and certifications. These volunteers provide mentoring and assist organizations with training in quality skills and accomplishment of quality objectives.

This program is designed for nonprofits, educational entities and government agencies. There is NO CHARGE for participation in this program.

Contact Karen Shepard at if you are interested in participating.

» 2017 Project Proposal Template

2015 MAPS Projects

City of Goodyear – Create a year-by-year plan with goals and outcome targets for implementing Lean in the organization

Downs Syndrome Network – Integrate and minimize the multiple software programs used to accomplish day-to-day operations

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation – Create a better and more efficient system sign-in process for volunteers and for recording volunteer hours” and “Create streamlined processes that will eliminate canceling classes and running out of classroom space to include client registration, volunteer teacher sign-ups, and classroom scheduling

HandsOn Greater Phoenix – Best methods for tracking & sharing data – Create a tool & supply inventory management solution; and best practices for executing site visits and managing communications

NAU Extended Campuses – Redesign the Admissions Process via a Kaisen event

Science Foundation of Arizona – Improve the instruction and application of STEM in native American Communities

St. Vincent de Paul – Technology Infrastructure assessment and recommendations to improve proactive servicing of hardware

United Food Bank – Evaluate and develop an effective “clean room” system that not only meets food safety expectations but maximizes facility space and traffic

 2014 MAPS Projects

Eight organizations submitted ten proposals in 2014.

AZ Coalition to End Homelessness – “To merge AZCEH’s inherited website from AZ StandDown and its own AZCEH website.”

Compadre Academy – “Implementing a student driven solar sustainability project that will remain embedded into high school engineering curriculum from year to year.”

Deer Valley Unified School District – “Improve method and tools used by Deer Valley Schools for managing annual Goals,  for collecting and reviewing Goal data, and increase usage of AdvancEd to drive goals and measurements.”

Experience Matters – “Develop a system and data architecture plan for Experience Matter’ information technology.”

Northern Arizona University Extended Campuses – “Deploying Lean as a culture across its 35 campuses. Create a core team of Lean train the trainers that will work lean projects in the various departments across the state of Arizona.”

Science Foundation of Arizona – “To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of improving STEM education in order to deliver more  qualified STEM graduates by developing a strategic plan supported by the STEM Network participants.”

St. Mary’s Food Bank – “Evaluate procedures, physical flow and work flow to identify opportunities for improvement in order to overcome the fact that the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance facility was not originally designed to be a food distribution center.”

Town of Gilbert – “Improve the Strategic Goals Dashboard.”

Past Projects:

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Science Foundation Arizona: “Blake’s work on the development and growth of the STEM Network has been phenomenal. We would still be trying to figure it out if it were not for Blake’s expertise and leadership.” – John Kriekard, Director of Education, Science Foundation Arizona

Any organization would be thrilled to save $100,000 and that’s just what happened for Science Foundation Arizona with Intel Encore Fellow, Blake Sacha on board.

The magnitude of the project to create a fully functional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Network can’t be understated and under Blake’s leadership this vision became a reality complete with metrics, a website and a business advocate program to support the network well into the future. In fact, during the last four months of his fellowship Blake stepped in to serve as Interim Network Director, helping the organization continue to move forward during this transition period.

Scottsdale Unified School District: “Over the course of several months and several meetings the Scottsdale Unified School District has been more motivated than ever before to deliver Exceptional Customer Service to our students, parents and peers.  The mentoring provided to us by Intel has been an invaluable resource in our Customer Service Initiative.” – 2008

A New Leaf: The Intel team that worked with A New Leaf represented the highest level of professionalism.  Each individual working with our agency took on our initiative as their own and invested their full commitment to doing whatever was necessary to move the project forward.  We greatly appreciate their dedication to improving outcomes at A New Leaf.” – 2009-2010

The Town of Gilbert: “This was an invaluable experience for me personally and for the organization I work for.  I am very impressed with Intel’s commitment to skills based volunteering!  Thank you!.” – 2009 – 2010