Our Parent Ambassadors program gives parents and child care providers of early learners the tools they need to advocate for meaningful, lasting change in early childhood education policy. In this series, we’re highlighting our inaugural cohort of 2022 Parent Ambassadors. Get to know them!
Mother of 2
Enjoys karoake, dancing, journaling
Favorite Sports Team: Huskers
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.“
Tell us about yourself!
Hi – I am a single 34-year-old mother of two beautiful daughters Justice, 7, & Ally, 3. I work full-time with the local housing authority and am a full-time student at Bellevue University working towards a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science.
What made you want to become a Parent Ambassador?
I received PA’s brochure through my kiddos school Nelson Mandela and right then and there I knew it would be awesome to be a part of the program. Advocacy is my middle name 😊.
What do you see as the greatest need for your community?
Communication, encouragement, and awareness seem to be the biggest three needs I have noticed. Communication: should always be clear and useful to everyone. Encouragement: is always needed, if our families don’t feel the love at home or from other support systems, they have less of a chance to successfully complete short-term/long-term goals, while feeling great throughout their personal journeys in life. Awareness: sometimes the help can be out there, but parents aren’t clear how to find, search, and request the help that’s needed. Awareness is so important for the community of Omaha.
What do you hope to accomplish during your Ambassadorship?
It is my passion to remain open-minded as we all put our heads together to create opportunities for change. I want to be able to not only share but gain useful techniques to explore within my community. It is my hope to build solid relationships with like-minded people and to ultimately be the best advocate possible for the community, I live in and love.
Who or what inspires you?
My children inspire me! I reflect on growing up not having a lot, watching my mother struggle, growing up in a single-family home with a lack of guidance or direction. Holidays were the worst, no traditions in place.
After having my first child, I realized that life is what you make it! I am in control, and it is up to me to be a leader for my girls, create traditions for them to pass on, along with establishing morals and values. As parents we lead by example and not but words.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Very excited to be part of Parent Ambassadors!