Ineda is one of thousands of children who grew up in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, formerly Bromley Heath Public Housing Development, in Jamaica Plain. Her teachers remember her as a precocious child with a love for learning and an enthusiasm for trying new things. Ineda had one other sibling and lived in a single-family household where her mother Shawanda worked tirelessly to ensure the very best for her children.
Nurtury offers the earliest opportunity for low-income children and their families to shape the trajectory of their lives through our programs and resources.
At Nurtury, Ineda progressed, learning and mastering the skills that she would need to succeed in kindergarten. When it came time to graduate from Nurtury, Ineda was prepared. At her Pre-K graduation, it was Ineda who would lead a song at the Anna Mae Cole Center and share her enthusiasm for embarking on her next educational milestone.
Ineda's teachers and Program Directors like Ms. Hope were stakeholders in Ineda's life, stewarding her throughout her early education. For Ineda's mother, these leaders instilled a sense of agency in teaching her how to be a partner in Ineda's educational journey.
Fast forward to present-day and Ineda, now a Nurtury alumna, is a Senior at Brockton High School, and was inducted into the National Honors Society in July 2016. Ineda loves athletics, such as: softball, basketball, cross country, gymnastics, and cheerleading. She enjoys theatre, music, singing, writing and traveling. Ineda's plans after graduation from high school are to attend either Berklee College of Music or UMass Dartmouth as she is mixing her love for music and the medical field; she is also an aspiring writer.
Study after study indicates that kids who are schooled at an early age graduate from high school and college at higher rates than those who are not. They are also less likely to abuse drugs, end up in jail, or rely on public assistance1. Nurtury served as the same safe haven for Ineda as it did for her mother. Nurtury was more than just a building, "Nurtury provided a family, a network of people and families that I could rely on."
Ineda’s mother, Shawanda, played a big role in her education. Follow the rest of the story with email updates.
1Source: Leung, Shirley. "Putting Early Education Front and Center in Massachusetts." Putting Early Education Front and Center in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe, 03 June 2016. Web.