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White House recognizes Phoenix man as 'Champion of Change'

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PHOENIX -

They're called the "Cesar Chavez Champions of Change." Eleven leaders from across the country were recognized Tuesday morning by President Obama. They have helped with the issue of immigration reform.

Meet a valley man who got a call from the white house.

Neighborhood Ministries is located at Van Buren and 19th Ave. It's a place where people come together to empower their community.

"I love this neighborhood, it's a wonderful place to live. My wife and I bought a home here."

Ian Danley works with Neighborhood Ministries as their youth program director. He has gained national recognition for his work at the center.

Danley shares details of the call from the white house.

"They called me, I was on an airplane, I think it was a joke, one of my buddies. They said ‘hey you got this award, can I get your social security number?' I thought I don't know if I'm supposed to give my social security number over the phone."

His work is no joke. Danley has tirelessly worked on immigration reform for 10 years.

This room is the headquarters for "Campaign for Citizenship."

"We walk and knock doors and make phone calls and ask people to call their lawmakers and support a fair road to citizenship."

The white house is sharing that Danley's efforts "embody the legacy of Cesar Chavez... who dedicated his life to fighting for justice for all."

Ian Danley is a school board member for the Phoenix Unified School District.

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