In honor of Black History Month, throughout the month of February, Star House will showcase black excellence and black leaders through a series of interviews. We introduce the series by highlighting Nikky Robinson, Star House’s Outreach and Connections Coordinator.
What is your role?
Outreach and Connections Coordinator
Tell us how you got to Star House?
I have been in human services for 20+ years. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities as well as children with emotional and behavioral challenges. So, when I learned about Star House I naturally felt drawn to work with our youth. Helping others is where my heart is, and I am grateful to be a part of the team here at Star House.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Having the opportunity to be part of these young peoples’ lives is rewarding in itself. However, I think the most rewarding part of my job is when I get to see one of our guests reach a goal that they have set for themselves. The happiness that they experience in that moment, no matter how brief, is so heartwarming it just makes my heart smile.
What have you learned from the youth we serve?
I was just speaking with a friend at an event about this. There was a quote that we discussed at that time which is, “ I may not be able to help the world, but me helping someone could mean the world to them.” As much as I would love to help everyone who needs it, I know that it may not be possible, at least not in one lifetime.
How does it feel to be a Black leader and role model to our youth?
To be honest, it’s hard to find the words. I am appreciative that I have the opportunity to serve our guests while providing a positive experience. Knowing that they are looking to me for guidance and trusting me with being in their lives is a great honor and I take pride in being the best me for them. It is hard work and in some situations I feel like I could have done something different or better, the reality is that I know I gave my best in that moment. It is a very humbling and wonderful experience.