MBA student paves road to success
for disadvantaged youngsters
By Mary-Love Bigony, University Marketing
LeKisha McKinley’s life could have turned out quite differently. The fifth child of a hard-working single mother, she grew up in an East Austin neighborhood plagued by adversity. Now a graduate student in Texas State’s McCoy College of Business Administration, McKinley escaped the fate that befell many children in her situation because of her insatiable love of reading and her mother’s unwavering commitment to her family.
Giving youngsters from similar circumstances the opportunity to thrive educationally and personally is McKinley’s focus today. To do this, she started a small community-based program, the AKC Institute of Learning. And while it started small, she has big plans for it.
“We focus on increasing intellectual maturity in disadvantaged youngsters and minimizing the disparities these communities face,” she says. “We introduce them to various educational options, cultures and languages.”
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