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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Shelby graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Marketing & Integrated Communications, and also graduated magna cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College where she completed her thesis titled: “A Digital Marketing & Social Media Branding Guide for Pediatric Therapy Companies”. Shelby is a first-generation college graduate and during her first two years of college, she did not know what she wanted to do. She got involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Up 2 Us, and Americorps. Her Americorps project for Mesa United Way was to use social media to promote various programs and services. Mesa United Way opened up her eyes to the non-profit world. While at ASU she worked in the Changemaker Central department as the social marketing and media chair. She recently received and accepted a full-time job offer with Recovia in Phoenix, AZ as their Social Media and Talent Coordinator, which she started in June 2022. 



Sharon graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in April 2022. She was born in Iran but her family had to leave the country when she was a child, so they immigrated to Germany where she received her high school diploma. In Germany, she attended a program to become a therapy assistant and she worked with patients with dementia. That was when her passion for healthcare began. She came to the United States in 2015 and worked to earn her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. Sharon speaks Farsi, Iranic, German, and English. Her husband passed away three years ago, leaving her as a single mother of one son (now 18 years old). She would like to proceed into an RN program but says realistically she will need to go to work first, and then when money permits, pursue her associate's or bachelor's degree towards becoming an RN. She has wanted to “be a nurse for a very long time.” She passed her national licensure exam for nursing (NCLEX) in June and is currently interviewing for nursing positions.



Rosa started with Positive Paths in 2018 after graduating from Red Mountain High School and the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). She served as Student Body President at EVIT’s East Campus. She was awarded the Obama Scholarship at Arizona State University, where she studied Speech & Hearing Sciences. She works with a healthcare company giving home ABA therapy to children with Autism. She is the second oldest of five children, having lived in poverty for most of her life. She has been working to help support her family financially since the age of 16 and is was so excited to graduate in the summer of 2022!



Tisha graduated in May 2022 with anAssociate of Applied Science Degree in the Dietetic Technician program at Central Arizona College (CAC). She received the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award- DTR Program for her academic performance and leadership. She recently sat for her national board exam for health/wellness coaching, and is currently studying for her nutrition/dietetics national board exams to earn an NDTR credential. Her goal is to open her own virtual health & wellness clinic. She has always been interested in medicine and health due to her children having medical issues when they were younger. Tisha became interested in the Dietetics field to heal her own health and it became a passion for her.


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