Anahí Valenzuela was born in Yuma, Arizona and raised on both sides of the border. As a proud Mexican American that is passionate about serving the Latino community, she pursued a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpretation.
Anahí has been the parent promotora for the Familia Adelante Multi-Risk Prevention Program since 2016, serving parents in the Southern Arizona. As the parent promotora, she has facilitated bilingual workshops on acculturation, HIV/AIDS, stress, family communication, gang and substance abuse prevention. She has conducted home visits to provide tools and connect Latino families to local resources.
In her role of project coordinator, Anahí assisted with the development of El Renacimiento: Latino Youth Historical Trauma curriculum that bridges traditional indigenous healing to contemporary methods. Latino youth explore their cultura and identidad through Mexican American history lessons and art activities. She has facilitated the curriculum for the last two years in three school districts, serving over 200 students.
As the Entre Mujeres facilitator, Anahí conducts bilingual workshops for Latina high school students to recognize their personal worth, strengthen their leadership abilities, and help drive them to make changes in their communities.
Anahí has also collaborated in the agency’s grant writing efforts. She has conducted community focus groups to gather data on the Latino community needs and ensured they are addressed in Amistades programs. Anahi has assisted in the submission of applications for the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UnidosUS, Amerisource Bergen Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources & Services Administration.