“Mrs. V believed in me when no one else did, she pushed me and guided me along the way. Without the help and guidance of V, I would have remained in an unsafe, toxic environment and probably would have acted on my suicidal thoughts…. because of her, I am now confident I am also no longer using my past to limit my future. I am now a first generation, PhD-bound Latina, confident in my ability to make a difference and pay it forward.