EastPointe High School’s Mission is to provide an alternative learning environment that honors each student’s unique capabilities. Most of our students are at risk of dropping out or have already severed ties with traditional schools. However, actively participating in their own learning journey through our innovative Traditional, C.A.T, or Dropout Recovery Programs have supported hundreds of Arizona’s youth to restore academic, social and emotional gaps in learning.
Each student’s innate intelligence is unlocked and fostered by setting and attaining important academic and personal goals. While enrolled, students work judiciously, authentically and genuinely to fulfill all Arizona academic requirements, as well as demonstrate high levels of self-management. Upon graduation, EastPointe students not only experience a deep sense of satisfaction for having accomplished an important milestone, but also are well prepared for a life of discovery and positive impact on the world.
Mr. Ross is a fifth generation educator, who was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised in Central California (Hanford) and after graduating from high school relocated to Arizona in 1985 upon receiving an athletic scholarship. He is been married to Julia of 24 years. They have three children and one grandchild.
As a public school educator for the past 25 years, he has served in the capacity as a middle and high school reading/journalism teacher and administrator for both public and charter school districts throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
He is the co-founder of Omega Youth Leadership Academy. A year-round mentoring program that provides bi-monthly workshops and annual national educational and cultural tours designed to empower middle and high school males of color with skill sets necessary to address potential social and community challenges that may impede their academic, professional and interpersonal success. To date Mr. Ross and his team of volunteers have impacted the lives of over 1500 youth.
As an advocate for volunteerism and humanitarian work, Mr. Ross has donated personal time and resources to numerous community agencies. Included are Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, City of Mesa MLK Parade, KNPX Channel 12 News School Solutions volunteer, Pop Warner Football Association, NBA Stay In School, Read Across America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Susan B. Koman Cancer Walk, Little League Baseball, Mesa Care Center and the Arizona Black Youth Recognition Conference. He has organized numerous academic enrichment trips for youth traveling across the country.
For his dedication to the holistic development of at-risk youth, he has been recognized and received accommodations from: Westwood High School Teacher of the Year (1998) and Club Advisor of the Year. (1998, 2005), City of Hanford (CA)– John Longfield Center Hall of Fame (1997), M.L.K. City of Mesa Educator of the Year nominee (2005), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Phi Iota Chapter - Man of the Year (1998, 2007). Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 12th District Man of the Year- (2008), AZ African-American Affairs Commission- Educator/Community Award (2008), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. –Phi Iota chapter – Citizen of the Year- 2011. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Hon Kachina Service Award that recognizes five Arizona residents annually for their unparalleled efforts towards serving their community. In May of 2018, the Maricopa County Regional School District honored him with the “Strategic Engagement Award”. In June of 2019, he was awarded the iChange Nations Vernet A. Joseph Productive Business Agent of Change Award.
He is currently the Director of Student Services for Hope College and Career Readiness Academy, an accommodations high school in the Maricopa County Regional School District. Mr. Ross formally served as a board member for the Black Mother’s Forum and was appointed in 2019 to the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Task Force.
As a consultant and advocate for youth, his professional presentations on youth development and empowerment have occurred for various organizations and schools districts, as well for organizations such as NIKE, Y.W.C.A., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Arizona State University, Gear Up, Kings County (CA) Department of Education, and Maricopa County Community Colleges of AZ.
Mr. Browning is a husband, father of three cherished adult children; Zoe, Bryce, and Cherise, and grandfather to Noah, Zarianna and Kayleigh.
Steve currently works for the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University (NAU) on a statewide initiative that helps foster healing to children and youth who are surviving the loss of a parent to an Intimate Partner Homicide. In addition to his role at NAU, he is co-founder and chair of Fathers for Scholars Inc., a Nonprofit providing scholarships and mentorship to young fathers pursuing their educational goals. Steve also serves as an Assistant Pastor at his home church in Chandler AZ. Additionally, because he “doesn’t do boredom”, Steve is founder and CEO of The Living Life Team LLC., a relationship counseling, coaching and marriage mentoring business.
Previously held professional positions by Steve has included: A Foster Care agency State Director; Faith Community Engagement and Partnership Development Manager; and was a V.P. of a Volunteer & Youth Services agency.
Steve has served on various institutes, committees and boards to include: Awarded a Scholarship in 2018 to be one of 15 National Fellows by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, selected as a National Youth Volunteerism Task Force Memberby the Points of Light Foundation, served on the Corporation for National ServiceYouth Volunteerism Task Force, and served on an international Youth Development Think Tank.
Dr. Robert & Mrs. Yvonne Pipkin have been married for 51 years and are the parents of two amazing children and grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren.
Robert Pipkin is a certified school superintendent who received his Associate Arts Degree from Dodge City Community College, Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and a Master of Science in Education and Principal Certification from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Bob’s education career as a teacher and administrator expands more than 40 years with the Pittsburgh Public School District. Then as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University in the School of Education, followed by serving as Executive Vice President for DHR International from 2000-2004. Upon arriving to Phoenix, AZ Dr. Pipkin served as Consultant and Associate Superintendent for the charter school educational system there.
As the founder and CEO/President of R.A.L. Education Consultants, Bob has a stellar reputation as an inspirational motivational speaker and has been an in demand speaker since 1989 conducting thousands of presentation on fostering hope and encouraging a never give up attitude while sharing his personal message on “The Power of “U.” For his groundbreaking work in the field of education reform, he has been written up in USATODAY, the New York Times and many other national and local publications. In 2016, Bob took on another leadership role as Consultant for Science Prep Academy, a private school in grades 6-12 for children with Autism. Science Prep’s mission is to build an Autistic workforce by providing opportunities for academic, physical, social, and emotional growth through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based teaching and learning. Students learn coding and robotics.
Bob and his wife Yvonne were the founders of the Pittsburgh North Hills NACCP Chapter, which he served in the capacity as President for 14 year until his retirement. Bob has also served the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Community in many different capacities including, Chairman, of The Aliquippa Hospital Board of Directors, Trustee and Academic Chairman of La Roche College, City of Duquesne, State Education Board and was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor, the Honorable Tom Ridge to the Judicial Review Commission to elect county judges. Bob served as Vice-President of the Poise Foundation and was Founder and Executive Board member of the Greater Alliance of Black School Educators, member of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, North Side Salvation Army Board of Directors, and Board Chairman of Urban Youth Action.
Bob has received many awards and recognitions for his community activism including being nominated for Principal and College Professor of the Year, recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s Racial Justice Award, Dodge City College Distinguished Alumnus Award, League of Women Voters Award nominated by Allegheny County Executive. In 1990, Bob was selected as “One of The Most Influential African–Americans” in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In June 2012, as a member of the National Parents Teachers Association( NPTA) Bob, had the distinguish honor of being invited along with three- hundred (300) Board of Director Members to the White House and was one of ten individuals chosen to speak about the need for a “Paradigm Shift in Education.” In 2016, Bob was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in Pennsylvania for his All- American high school and college basketball playing record who later signed a professional contract with the Wilkes-Barre Barons, a farm team of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. In January 2018, Bob and his wife Yvonne received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award from the City of Tempe, AZ and The Tempe Human Relations Commission for their work in Education on Financial Wellness. In 2018, Bob was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer for The Phoenix Job Corp. The most distinguished honor came in February 2019 when he was selected to attend the 65th annual U.S. Army War College (USAWC) National Security Seminar in Pennsylvania. Convened on the 500-acre (2 km²) campus of the historic Carlisle Barracks. It provides graduate-level instruction to senior military officers and civilians to prepare them for senior leadership assignments and responsibili
Yvonne Pipkin is a strategist with experience in the area of education, public service, business development, relationship marketing, financial wellness and professional development and training. A strong creative trainer, Yvonne is committed to operating at the highest level of excellence while employing a strong work ethic with commitment to bring about positive change in people.
After devoting 15 years to her career in public education with the Pittsburgh, PA Board of Education, Yvonne retired to seek new opportunities. Continuing her love for helping others, she and her husband, established RAL Consultants, which allowed them to continue working with Educators on Leadership and Staff Development, Teacher Engagement, Students-At-Risk and seminars on Financial Wellness. In addition, Yvonne and her husband, Bob founded their own business as an Independent Consultant in the Telecommunications Industry, specializing in Marketing and Business Development. They grew that organization to over 14,000 distributors.
A call to work in public service led Yvonne to serve in the capacity of Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator, for Congresswoman Melissa Hart, 40th Congressional District, PA, U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked with White House Officials arranging forums both large and small in scope to build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and constituents. Continuing her service to her community, in 2002, Yvonne was appointed by Former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge to the Commission on African-American Affairs. Out of these successes, Yvonne officially launched into the role of an accomplished Trainer, Recruiter, and Event Planner.
As a Professional Development Manager for an Education Foundation, Yvonne devoted her time to Training in the area of Internet Safety Education. Coordinating and conducting trainings for parents, educators and law enforcement personnel was her primary responsibility. Yvonne has conducted Virtual Trainings as well as hundreds of live trainings for Departments of Education (DOE), Department of Justice (DOJ), local school districts, FBI, cyber security organizations, and educational organizations. She has staged multi-media presentations at national conferences and took part in the 2006 “Get Net Safe USA Tour” whose mission was to help consumers be safer on the Internet. The participating partners included: Microsoft, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Center for Missing Children and the Federal Trade Commission. Working with a team of Internet safety professionals, dedicated to empower students to take control of their Internet experience, Yvonne helped bring Internet safety curriculum to over 5 million students across the United States.
In addition to working to improve her community, helping others realize the gifts they have within has always been an integral part of Yvonne’s life. She seeks to find new opportunities through RAL Consultants, as Vice-President in the area of Financial Wellness to empower individuals to live the best life possible. She and her husband Bob, conduct workshops on Financial Wellness seminars to share information on generational economic empowerment. Continuing to improve upon her knowledge, Yvonne took on another challenge, Board Chair, for the Science Prep Academy, the first private STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career and College Pathway School for Students with Autism in 2017. In 2018, The City of Tempe, Arizona and the Tempe Human Relations Commission presented Yvonne and her husband Bob, with the DR.M.L. King Diversity Award for their work in Education on Financial Literacy. In her desire to build a stronger network with women, Yvonne was appointed to the Phoenix Women’s’ Commission by Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton in that same year. In addition, the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Phoenix Job Corp was received in December 2018. The opportunity presented itself in 2019 for Yvonne to continue her commitment of improving the financial lives of women, by conducting workshops for Youth World Education Project’s Inaugural Be U Til Full Women’s Camp and the Urban Experience 2K19