Kara has a passion for inspiring others to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, so working with the students of the Partnership’s group mentoring program is much more than just a job for her. A lot of what Kara works to instill in her students was learned from her first-hand experience as a student in the program, which she now teaches.
Kara is an alumna of Partnership 4 Kids and was a member of one of the first groups of mentees in the mentoring program, which was then known as All Our Kids. “All Our Kids taught me how to be the best that I can be, without altering my morals and values,” says Kara.
Armed with confidence she gained from the program and a scholarship she earned from the All Our Kids Scholarship Fund, Kara obtained a degree in Black Studies and Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She later went on to create the Beauty is Skin Deep Movement, a program dedicated to empowering young women of color to embrace a positive self-image and identify their own individual value.
These days, ‘Kara the student’ has literally become ‘Kara the teacher’, and she hopes that sharing her experience with her students will inspire them as much as she was inspired by the program as a student so many years ago. “I advise my students to surround themselves with positive people who support their dreams and to always look forward to a brighter future.”