New 21st CCLS Program Manager
Nakia was born in Spokane, graduated from Lewis and Clark high school, and then attended the University of Utah on an athletic scholarship. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a minor in family studies.
While living in Salt Lake City, she worked with at risk youth as an elementary teacher, and later as a mentor at the Boys and Girls Club. Nakia most recently worked as a coach for the women’s basketball team at Eastern Washington University.
What motivated you into to working with/advocating for children? I had so many amazing people in my life growing up that helped provide me with opportunities I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I want to give that forward to kids now. I want to help inform families about all of the opportunities our community has; and be influential in possibly creating more.
What is your favorite part of working for CISSC? Being connected with so many great people in Spokane. The network that CISSC has connected me with is more than I expected and I’m very grateful of that.
What does success look like as a 21st CCLC Program Manager, and how do you measure it? I would say success looks like students and families excited about our summer and after school programming. We want them to know there are other adults that care about them outside of the traditional school day and that we can provide another safe space for them to go and explore things our community offers. Success looks like people seeking out programming and wanting to be a part of what we’re building.
What has been your most rewarding or most exciting experience working at CISSC? It has been rewarding to be a piece of the puzzle brining more opportunities to the families and kids in the NE neighborhood.