Our new YAN Spotlight series is an extension of our “Meet the Staff” series of posts where we follow up with our Youth Academic Navigators since the last time they were featured on the blog.
First up is Netta Prince, who is our longest-tenured YAN; she started at the D2 Center in September, 2011. Netta started off as an Intake Specialist and then transitioned into a full-time YAN. Read her original blog interview from 2013, and check out her update below.
How has the D2 Center changed since you first started working here?
The D2 Center name is well known and highly respected in the community. We have grown tremendously and significantly increased the number of students, graduates, and employees.
What are the biggest challenges of being a D2 Center YAN?
The biggest challenges are reengaging students who are not ready to reenroll in school and/or don’t want to participate in the program.
What would you consider your successes or your students’ successes at the D2 Center?
My successes have been meeting and recruiting new students for the D2 Center program. Connecting with my students and continuing to build positive relationships, helping navigate their goals to become successful and graduate.
What are some different ways you have helped your students?
I have helped my students with transportation, child care, jobs, housing, and community resources including: NECC Teen and Young Parent Program, Project Everlast, Heartland Workforce Solutions, Youth Emergency Services, Jacobs’ Place, School-Based Health Centers, Planned Parenthood, and Job Corps. I’ve also connected my students with D2 Center tutoring, Career Navigators, and elective credits.
What words of wisdom do you share with your students?
Be present, be respectful, be grateful, be curious, be kind to yourself and others, always believe in yourself and never give up.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”