FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Narimann Elahmad is about to achieve a goal she never thought she would achieve. In two days she will graduate with a Public Relations degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Elahmad says she spent most of her younger years associating with Fort Worth gangs. Her future seemed dim until a couple of key mentors came into her life.
“I just kind of hung out with the wrong people,” said the 27-year-old. “I didn’t have much guidance at home. No one was telling me no you shouldn’t be out there.”
Elahmad said she was saved from the gang life during her high school years, when mentors from the Boys and Girls Club stepped in and took her off the streets.
Sherry Hudson was one of those early mentors. “We helped her set some goals and basically make sure that she followed through with her obligations.”
Elahmad eventually graduated from high school, began working at the Boys and Girls club and later entered college where once again, a mentor offered her the guidance she needed to graduate from college.
“To overcome what she has overcome I am so proud of her and I see great things in her future,” said UTA public relations professor Shelley Wigley.
Elahmad credits Wigley with giving here the support she needed to get through college.
Once she graduates on Friday she says her next mission will be to seek a masters degree. She says ultimately she wants to end up as a Boys and Girls Club director helping other at risk kids thrive.
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