Valentina is originally from Columbia. As one of six children she grew up with limited opportunities. Her parents did not attend school and often struggled to provide for the family. Her brother, who is on the autism spectrum, was also ostracized as many did not understand his condition and erroneously thought it was contagious. Valentina soon moved to the U.S. determined to help others understand autism and learn more about supporting those with mental health struggles. Valentina is now studying psychology and social work at Bunker Hill Community College. Her goal is to work in a role that supports mental health, assists with disabilities and educates the Latino community about these issues.