We support East Valley women by providing a life bridge to economic stability, personal growth, and professional achievement. During the course of the academic year, scholar-mentees attend individual and group mentoring meetings, as well as occasional workshops on topics of interest. The annual Night of Heroes Gala is typically held in the spring of each year and honors the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year. As of fall 2021, the organization had served 92 women with ongoing scholarship support and individual mentoring, while offering services to hundreds of other women.

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Rashmi graduated from Arizona State University in May 2022 with a Bachelors in Applied Biomedical Sciences. Her original plan was to begin medical school in Fall 2022, but she took a gap year instead to strengthen her application. During this time she is completing an online one-year immunology-microbiology master's degree from Colorado State University and will reapply to medical schools to start in the fall of 2023. Rashmi has been with Positive Paths since Fall 2018 and has already accomplished many of her goals. We know she has a bright future ahead of her.



Angelica started with Positive Paths in fall 2020 seeking a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Arizona State University. She is a single mom and earned excellent grades while attending school full-time and raising her young daughter. She graduated from ASU in Spring 2022 and is studying this summer to get her DTR (Dietetic Technician, Registered) certification and then plans to work as a Dietetic Technician. Angelica overcame an eating disorder which led her to become passionate in the nutrition field. Her experiences with the other women she encountered during her struggles helped her become interested in eating disorders, nutrition, and health. "I am praying that God has a plan for me in this field so I can continue to care for my daughter and be a great role model for her."



Ci’Mone is a first-generation, Afro-Latina, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and more) from a single-parent household. She is the only girl and the youngest with 13 brothers. She grew up in Chicago and moved to Arizona. Ci’Mone received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Security (Cybersecurity) from Arizona State University in Spring 2022. While at ASU, Ci’Mone volunteered for Family Support Resources, where she taught children about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts. She recently moved to Los Angeles and has a goal to live in every state. She believes she would enjoy working in cybersecurity, and has even considered becoming an FBI agent. “I have been focusing on creating a life after school. I’ve been in school for years and that’s all I know. I am currently job hunting. I would like something in Business or IT.”



Rose grew up in New Mexico and then moved to Colorado. After a few years of “couch surfing,” she completed an associate’s degree in Automotive Technology but realized that was not her passion. She worked for a few years and ultimately decided to pursue a career in the forest service or the outdoors. She started with Positive Paths in the fall of 2021 to help with her goal of pursuing her Associate in Science (AS) degree from Mesa Community College, with an emphasis on sustainability and biology. She successfully completed her coursework and graduated from MCC in May 2022. Her ultimate goal is to transfer into a university program in wildlife conservation and ecology and eventually work for the forest service. Rose is married and recently moved back to New Mexico with her husband to be closer to her mother, whom she helps support. Her grandmother has always been an inspiration to Rose, and she hopes to follow in her footsteps doing her best to “protect the natural beauty of the Earth.” Rose admires women like her grandmother who “fight for the things they believe in and do not stay down for long.”


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