Viviana (Vivi) Molina

“I have always wanted to help little kids,” says Viviana (Vivi) Molina, a 2018 Millard South graduate. “That [desire] grew into helping people of all ages.”

Molina, presently working at full-time at Brookstone Village, a skilled nursing center in Omaha, and going to school full-time at Metropolitan Community College to obtain her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate, found her early inspiration in a “little cousin who has Down’s Syndrome.”

“He motivated me,” Molina said.

While enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing Certificate (CNA) license through the Senior Academy program.

Avenue Scholars Foundation has provided the guidance and the pathway for Molina to achieve her career goals. In addition to the mentoring provided by ASF Career Coaches and MCC Navigators, Molina’s college education is covered by the Avenue Horatio Alger Career Scholarship.

“Honestly, they have helped me plan and organize everything,” she said. “I did not know what I wanted to do or how to get there. They have helped me organize my life, improved my communication skills — overall, they have helped me prepare for the future every step of the way.”

Working at Brookstone Village has become an important part of the journey.

“I am definitely seeing how nurses do their jobs,” Molina said. “I get lots of hands-on experiences.”

Molina’s ultimate goal is become a Registered Nurse (RN) by May 2020.