Alina’s mother was laid off from work resulting in the family being evicted from their home and living in a motel for two years. The next morning after losing her home, Alina attended school.
Life is all about change, but transitioning can be hard to do when it’s unexpected. During Alina Glover’s freshman year at East Mecklenburg High School, Alina’s mother was laid off from work resulting in the family being evicted from their home and living in a motel for two years. The next morning after losing her home, Alina attended school. During Alina’s junior year of high school, her father suffered a severe injury that left him unable to work. She had to switch schools, leaving behind established friendships and relationships with her teachers and staff. CIS site coordinator Nichelle WilsonCut was very helpful during Alina’s transition to Independence High School. Ms. Wilson also connected her to CIS site coordinator Jamall Kinard at CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, where she was given a fresh start and new foundation.
Through Mr. Kinard, Alina readjusted at Independence HS and received basic needs for her family. Alina impressed Mr. Kinard with her “no excuses” attitude despite the hardships she and her family have endured. At school, she developed relationships with her site coordinators, teachers and faculty which now she calls, extended members of her “family”. With Mr. Kinard’s support and mentorship, Alina was motivated to take more challenging classes to push herself and excel. She continued to show her growth and maturity as she learned about prospective jobs and met potential employers at career fairs. Alina went to a college tour with her school’s CIS “Graduation Success” program, where she met new people and learned about universities and the application process. Mr. Kinard played a crucial role in providing Alina with opportunities such as these, and says that Alina has come a long way from the shy student he first met.
Now at 18 years old, Alina is a talented singer and participates in the school choir at Independence High School. She has even sung the National Anthem at several school events. As a hardworking student, Alina is taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes which in turn have resulted in her receiving a scholarship to Wingate University and acceptance to University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alina plans to study psychology and music at Wingate University. She says that the college she selects will be a “family decision” and looks to Mr. Kinard as a role model as she approaches the next phase of her life. Alina shares that CIS helped make her success possible and that “Communities In Schools feels like a family--it is my family”.