Born in the United States but raised in Guyana, Alisha Singh moved back to the United States with the hope of going to college and continuing her education. However, she found that no schools accepted her education credentials and before enrolling in any college she needed to obtain her high school equivalency.
She made her way to the Y Roads Center in the Bronx last spring and enrolled in the Youth Education and Job Training Program. Due to her dedication throughout the program and her willingness to seek extra tutoring from OBT’s staff, Alisha was able to pass her TASC exam on the first try. Y Roads staff recognized her drive and professionalism and encouraged her to apply to the extremely competitive YMCA Teen Career Connection Internship Program. With the help of the Bronx Y Roads staff, Alisha completed her application that included an essay about her experience in the Y Roads program. In addition, she used her interpersonal skills honed at OBT to standout during the group and individual interviews and became the first person with a High School Equivalency Diploma to be accepted into the YMCA’s extremely competitive program.
Ms. Singh said, “I strongly believe that my experience at OBT has not only made me a better student, but I have also grown as an individual. I have become more brave and outgoing, I see things from a different perspective and I truly believe now, that the sky’s the limit.”
Alisha recently finished her summer internship at the Clinton Foundation where she was able to assist a variety of program staff who worked on the many different initiatives surrounding global health and education. Alisha is currently enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where she is studying Business Management.