Jada Clifford and her brothers were competing to see who could hold their breath the longest when she suddenly stepped too far into the deep end of a family friend’s pool.
Jada, then 8 years old, couldn’t swim and felt herself sinking farther into the water. The next thing she remembers is an older friend performing CPR on her, and an ambulance rushing her to the hospital.
That’s when Jada first thought that she might want to be a nurse one day. But it wasn’t until she got involved with the Building STEPS program that she saw a clear path toward her goal.
Building STEPS is a Baltimore nonprofit that aims to help minority high school students become science and technology...