Today, Poitier is pursuing her doctorate in public administration as well as board certification in Christian counseling. Someday, she’d like to help bring forth laws and institutional change to benefit those who need it most.
In some ways, she’s following in the footsteps of her family, especially her paternal grandmother, who inspires her the most. Her grandmother worked as a missionary, living a life of service to those around her.
Poitier is on track to do the same. Her past as a shy girl, as a teen mom, as a struggling student — none of that defines her. It doesn’t even slow her down. It simply informs her future.
“Just because you had a rocky path does not mean that you don’t have a bright future,” Poitier points out. What she once lacked in support she now gives to others. After all, love will make you do extraordinary things.
“In love, you find fellowship,” Poitier says. “In love, you find brotherhood. In love, you find empowerment. In love, you find encouragement, motivation, togetherness. I think that’s what this world is missing today.”