Nina was raised in a Lubbock neighborhood full of temptations, but proved that if you put your mind to it anything is possible.
"When I was younger there was teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying", says Nina.
That's where the Lubbock Community Youth development program stepped in and helped Nina beat the odds.
Her mother brought her and her younger sister to the Lubbock Leadership Academy the first day of the first year of the program. From that day on, Nina was hooked. After several summer camps and days after school with the program, she became a leader. She began to mentor younger students.
After high school, she became the first person in her family to go to college. Even after her accomplishments, Nina never felt the need to move on. She wanted to stay and help the community.
One of the participants at the academy said, "She started when she was young. She's still here. She hasn't left us."
Nina contributes her success to the people who mentored her, "They planted a seed in my life," she said. "I'm able to plant a seed in everybody else's life"
Now as Nina and her husband raise their two boys, she still finds time for countless others in need of a role model.
"I didn't start thinking about college until she told me about her experience," another one of Nina's students says. Juniors and seniors at Lubbock High remember Nina from their beginnings in the program, and now Nina's teaching them how to give back.
Nina says she plans to keep saying yes to the community and a program that helped define her.
"Everybody has a voice and they have to use it for good and that's what my calling is. God gave me the calling to be a positive role model," she said.
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