Na’Zirah S. Armstrong is a nineteen-year-old senior at the University of the Virgin Islands studying elementary education. Na’Zirah career goals are in the areas of Social Work and Law. She began working with Access to Racial and Cultural Health Institute (ARCH) in 2018 when she was recruited to join ARCH’s primary prevention efforts as a Facilitator. In this role initially, Na’Zirah worked with the curriculum development workgroup to revise and update the Better Choices for a Better Future (BCBF) curriculum. Na’Zirah was also one of the primary trainers preparing Peer Educators to deliver the BCBF curriculum. She was also part of the facilitator cohort of the new peer-to-peer model of BCBF. In this role she supervised the Peer Educators. In addition, she is SBIRT trained and conducts drug screenings regularly.
Na’Zirah was invited to participate in ARCH’s drug free community coalition -Coalition of Adolescents and Young Adults (CAYA) where she was elected as chair of the coalition. Na’Zirah currently chairs the coalition which focuses its efforts on underage drinking and marijuana use. Has a result of her effectiveness, Na’Zirah was invited to serve on the corporate board of ARCH Institute where she was elected has chair. Na’zirah in fact maybe the youngest chair of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Virgin Islands. It is testament to ARCH’s commitment to fully engage young adults at the decision-making table.
Reading and writing are some of Na’Zirah’s favorite past-times. She values being responsible, hard-working, and a natural born leader; an attribute she credits to being an older sister of three siblings.