The CEO Exchange | Nahliyah and Briana – United Way of Southern Nevada
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Nahliyah and Briana – United Way of Southern Nevada

Nahliyah and Briana – United Way of Southern Nevada

“I like to paint, and coloring and playing, and washing hands and toys,” says four-year old Nahliyah Stevenson with a soft voice and a winning smile. Even as she speaks, she doesn’t stop playing with toys in her classroom. For children like Nahliyah, it’s about having fun. For UWSN, it’s about creating possibilities for many of our community’s youngest people to attend preschool. Nahliyah’s mother, Briana Williams, explains that preschool would not have been a possibility for her daughter without United Way’s support. Williams went through a dark phase of “losing everything. My job. My apartment. It was very hard. Very rough…. I had to stop her (Nahliyah) from going to school because I couldn’t manage all of it at once.” Williams can’t help shedding tears as she tells her story, but she also knows that life is improving for her daughter. She says that preschool for Nahliyah was “everything I need. It was a blessing.”