Ava is bright, ambitious and a hard worker, but she was deeply impacted by terrible events that happened during her childhood in Syria. When she was 11 years old, she witnessed her mother’s murder. She then left her home for the long journey to the United States. For two years, she lived with her cousin, but Ava’s temper and behavioral issues, a result of the trauma she endured, made caring for her difficult. She entered foster care at age 13 and has had many years of therapy to help her come to terms with her past. She became a part of our Mobility Mentoring program after graduating high school, and our Mobility Mentoring Specialist worked closely with her on demonstrating appropriate behaviors in school and work environments. Ava was interested in the healthcare field, and her goal was to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. With mentoring, financial support and her own determination to succeed, she passed The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses and currently works full-time in a hospital. A graduate of Mobility Mentoring, Ava has her own apartment and recently purchased her first car.