Building Life Bridges for Women

Positive Paths was born from the desire to help pave positive paths for women to realize their dreams.

We believe that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving a world that works for everyone. In fact, studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits – families are healthier, more children complete elementary and high school and go on to trade school or college, productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

Our Positive Paths Scholarship Program provides a bridge for women who face socio-economic challenges to grow personally and professionally. This bridge includes financial support, one-on-one mentoring, social networks, and workforce development.

 

Our Impact: 29 and counting

This year, our goal is to award up to thirty scholarships and provide group mentoring for as many as 100 women.

Just one in 10 people from low-income families earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Nearly one third of full-time college students from low-income backgrounds work full-time.

More than 10% of undergraduates are single parents.

Too many students face barriers to completing college due to lack of access to basic resources like housing, food, healthcare, and childcare.

– Oreopoulos and Petronijevic 2013; Greenstone and Looney 2011; Moretti 2004

Every woman deserves a proper education but many women are at a severe disadvantage due to life circumstances.  Educational scholarships are awarded to women to address a variety of barriers that inhibit their success, including poverty, violence and/or trauma, substance abuse, illiteracy, and economic dependency.

Education and mentoring for women creates opportunities for entire families to improve their quality of life and ensures economic independence by distributing the resources needed to improve education, skill sets and employment prospects.  In addition to scholarship funds, recipients are provided a mentor, developing supportive relationships that promote the scholar’s professional development.  Mentors assist scholars to overcome their individualized and specific barriers that are inhibiting their success while case management services link scholars and their immediate family members to additional community resources and services that will enhance their overall well-being and success.

Join Positive Paths

Interested in becoming part of the Positive Paths team? We’re always looking for volunteers, mentors, and donations.