When Nia first showed up at the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club in 6th grade, she was painfully shy and less than thrilled about joining a group of 200 kids an after-school program. But as soon as she walked through the door, she saw snacks! And, Nia, a self-described foodie, said to herself, “This is okay…they’ve got good food here!”
Next thing Nia knew, she was introduced to the music program. Nia realized how much she loved music, and the program helped Nia come out of her shell. Now, she’s a bubbly vivacious 16-year-old who will represent the Mimms Club on a stage in front of 500 people at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s Youth of the Year gala.
After getting involved with her Club music program, exploring everything from singing to writing to playing
instruments, Nia found that she loved learning about community service and leadership in the Keystone program for teen members. The CareerBound college and career preparation program also taught her the importance of personal responsibility and charting her path to a bright future. With her newfound confidence, Nia worked as a junior staff member at the Mimms Club over the summer. She said it was difficult navigating her work responsibilities while still maintaining her friendships at the Club. But, with support of the CareerBound staff, she knew what was expected of her, and put her employment first! Keystone also broadened Nia’s skillsets. One of her biggest accomplishments was leading an effort to raise $100 to find a long-term home for a dog.
When Nia graduates, she wants attend Fisk University and pursue a finance degree. Nia said expanding her knowledge of money management and saving will support her goals of one day working in the music business.