How we started
short, communities become more resilient, self-sufficient, and securely independent.
Founded in 2014 by a group of forward thinking East Valley leaders, Positive Paths works tirelessly to remove barriers and obstacles that prevent East Valley women from succeeding. We provide a “life-bridge” for women who face challenges to grow personally and professionally and increase the likelihood of future generations of economic stability.
History of Positive Paths: A Realized Vision
East Valley leaders from Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce discuss the problem of decreased funding at community colleges and the impact on student support services, particularly in regard to re-entry women’s services. The search for solutions begins.
East Valley leaders tour Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (FSWF), the Jewell McFarland Women’s Resource Center in Phoenix. Informal discussions about the possibility of doing something similar in the East Valley ensue.
East Valley leaders gather for feasibility and needs-assessment meetings.
An East Valley Executive Council begins to form and organize.
Official affiliation with FSWF as the East Valley Executive Council. The council primarily fundraises to support costs and East Valley operations with FSWF implementing and managing program services.
Services for East Valley women began at Gilbert Elementary School in the evenings and at the Gilbert Boys and Girls Club during the day.
The Annual Night of Heroes event honoring the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year as an annual fundraising and friend-raising event.
Relocation of East Valley services to the East Valley Institute of Technology.
A new CEO of FSWF and subsequent changes made in East Valley services.
Adjustments were made in East Valley program managers and staff.
Relocation to the Adult Education Center at the East Valley Institute of Technology.
FSWF and East Valley Executive Council amicably implement separation plans in order to best serve East Valley women.
Positive Paths, a non-profit organization serving the East Valley, is formed.
Positive Paths provides 5 scholarships through the dedicated efforts of a volunteer, working Board. Individual mentors are provided to each scholarship recipient.
Positive Paths provides a total of 18 scholarships since its 2014 beginning.
Positive Paths provides an additional 11 scholarships with matching mentors to East Valley women.
Positive Paths acquires office space in partnership with A New Leaf.
Executive Director is hired.
Monthly Mentoring Events are implemented.
Positive Paths has cumulatively provided 48 women with scholarships and mentors.
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