With three NAZ scholars — including a 17-year-old daughter with a goal of attending an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) — Rahiyma was challenged by a reduction in her hours as a personal care assistant when the pandemic hit.
“Without NAZ, I would have felt more isolated and alone this past year,” Rahiyma said. “With NAZ, I am able to be in these situations with people who understand and who are willing to help me through it. NAZ has been a real stepping stone in my life, showing me that this, too, will pass.”
As a NAZ family for four years, the Allens were introduced to NAZ when Rahiyma’s son was diagnosed with diabetes and began having behavioral issues. The school counselor connected Rahiyma with Tatika Taylor, NAZ Family Achievement Coach. “Miss Takita is an angel in disguise. She’s in my corner, letting me know about resources. And the way she mothers shows in her mentoring. She treats everyone as if they were one of her own children.”
"NAZ means hope. I am able to be in these situations with people who understand and who are willing to help me through it. NAZ has been a real stepping stone in my life, showing me that this, too, will pass."
Rahiyma enrolled in College-Bound Scholars, a NAZ Family Academy class. The class is for parents of children in kindergarten through fifth grade. CBS focuses on establishing a college-going mindset with scholars when they’re young, earning strategies for better communication and working towards academic success.
To Rahiyma, NAZ means hope. “We have the help we need, for ourselves and our scholars. It means a lot to their education. It’s about ‘achievement,’ just like the NAZ name says.” She says sees opportunity in the community: “I hope that this is an eye-opener for everyone. To talk out our feelings. To work together as a team. To get back together and offer more love and support to each other.”