This year, Isles Youth Institute’s Sha’Kiera Davis was selected as one of only twenty national 2016 Helene D. Stoneman Scholars by YouthBuild USA. Sha’Kiera joined Isles Youth Institute in April 2014.
Motivated by her two young children, Sha’Kiera earned her high school diploma and Certified Nursing Assistant license in June 2016. Since then, Sha’Kiera gained a job as a CNA and entered an Associate’s program for nursing at Mercer County Community College.
She credits the support of IYI staff, her peers, and her family for her success, noting, “I always planned to follow my mother’s footsteps to become a registered nurse. IYI’s education and hands on learning have taught me what I need to know.”
Sha’Kiera plans to continue working as a CNA while she attends school. She tells us, “I plan to involve myself in a lot of community service to give back to an inner city clinic to help those in need.” Sha’Kiera is positive, eager to learn, and committed to her long term goals, traits that will lead to her continued success. The Helene D. Stoneman Scholarship will bolster her on her journey.