My name is Essie Contreraz. My husband Jacob and I are the proud parents of five children. We learned about the program from Adrian Meander, a CSI team volunteer and mentor at our church. There are so many great things I love about the CSI program. One of my favorite things about the program is they get the kids involved in the community with volunteering. They have exposed my children to so many great opportunities. Taking them on trips so they can see and learn about different colleges in and out of our area.
I believe my children can and will reach all their goals. I’m so excited they are in the CSI program, and I know they will get the help they need to accomplish their goals.
The mentors are very positive and inspiring not only to the children but to the parents. Lanitra says “if there is a will, there is a way.” I have been a stay at home mom for most of my children’s lives, and decided I have a will and it’s time for me to find my way. I am currently a student at Amarillo College studying education.
My name is Elizabeth Schiller and I am Graduate student in social work at West Texas A&M University. I joined CSI in June of 2017 and I could not have made a better choice! Lanitra Barringer is the heart and soul of the program and I feel that I have learned such invaluable skills during my time here. The students are always respectful and excited to be there and the team members are amazing! Lanitra makes everyone feel like part of the team and she encouraged me to seek out new skills that have helped to build my confidence tremendously. CSI is fun, fast paced, and as a student I have learned a great amount about what it takes to run a successful non-profit. Lanitra always says that the way to keep people is to show them they are appreciated, but we truly appreciate her!