A Kentucky State University alumna uses her expertise in social work to change lives.

Amber C. Lane, class of 2011, currently works as a licensed social work counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. Lane has been in the field since 2012.

“I truly love and enjoy the social work field,” Lane said. “Social work is definitely my calling. I enjoy giving back to others and the community.”

Lane said her time at Kentucky State prepared her for her career.

“I had a great time at Kentucky State and I was in a position to go right into my field,” Lane said. “I enjoyed the social work professors at Kentucky State and I feel I was prepared for the field.”

Lane is also passionate about mentoring and helping adolescent girls in the community.

“I have a nonprofit for teen girls called Knowing Your Worth Inc.,” Lane said. “I am the founder and executive director. The organization provides mentorship, workshops, scholarships and prom giveaways.”

Lane said the organization was founded in 2017 and can be located online at knowingyourworkinc.org.

“I have been mentoring since 2007 and I truly enjoy giving back to young females,” Lane said.

Lane said some of her best memories at Kentucky State include joining the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Beta Zeta Chapter and her lifelong friendships.

Lane said the most important thing she learned at Kentucky State was that having a family away from family is important and helpful while in college.

“I learned that mentorship and building relationships will be helpful for me in the future,” Lane said.

Lane had wise words to offer current and future Thorobreds.

“Enjoy your time at Kentucky State because it goes very fast,” Lane said. “Get involved with different organizations and clubs. Remember your worth and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. You are at Kentucky State University for a reason, so make it count.”