Jasleen Lally: Class of 2022
By Tori Kammer, Development and Communication Manager
High school senior and Queensbridge Houses resident, Jasleen Lally, recently graduated from our College Access Program and will be attending Clark University this fall. Jasleen first became involved with Urban Upbound early on her Freshman year when she saw our services being advertised at her school.
“What drew me to Urban Upbound was how personable everyone was. You could tell there was individual attention given to each student. I was looking for help navigating how to get to college and knew this was a program for me,” Jasleen said.
Jasleen participated in our College Access Program three years and received SAT tutoring, help with her college easy, application assistance and much more. With the help of Urban Upbound, she was able to improve her SAT score, submit 8 college applications, receive a substantial financial aid packet, narrow down her area of study, and ultimately get into and enroll in her top pick school.
Jasleen is an involved high school student, actively participating in student groups such as Key Club and Student Council, while working part time at Panera Bread. Through her involvement in high school, she discovered her passion for helping others and desire to give back to the community.
“What I really like about Urban Upbound’s program is that it merges communities,” Jasleen says. “There are students from all different schools, backgrounds, and walks of life coming together and working towards the same goal. I think this has really prepared me for college where not everyone has a background like me.”
This fall Jasleen will be attending Clark University, majoring in Community, Youth, Education Studies. She hopes to one day work in a space where she is able to help and mentor her community, similar to how Urban Upbound helped her.
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