A success story in her neighborhood, Nadia Flores left Costa Mesa when she turned 18, went to a university and got a job at a Spanish-language TV network.
But in her late 20s, she realized success was also about paying forward the help she received as a teenager at the Shalimar Learning Center.
So Flores, 31, changed careers to be a part of THINK Together, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that serves at-risk kids and families throughout California.
"I feel like I'm fulfilling my purpose," she said. "I feel like I'm exactly where I need to go. It's fulfilling the investment the volunteers made to me."
The third-largest nonprofit in Orange County, THINK started with the center in 1994, staffed by volunteers serving 100 students. THINK now serves 100,000 students and is the largest "extended learning time" organization in the nation, according to company information.