Destination Graduation: Asma's Story

Asma is a ninth grader at Granite Park Jr. High. Her family came to this country as refugees from Somalia. Asma was born in the US and has five siblings. “One of the challenges I face is that people treat me like I don’t understand, or that I don’t speak English.” “My parents tell me stories of some of the things they faced living in Somalia and I feel so lucky to live here and have so many great opportunities.” Asma has won dozens of medals for her academic achievement and proudly talks about her future plans. “My twin sister and I are planning on going to the University of Utah for medical school and opening our own clinic one day.” At Granite Park Jr. High, a United Way of Salt Lake Community School, hundreds of students are from refugee families. United Way of Salt Lake works closely with the city, school district, and dozens of partners to ensure students have the support and opportunities necessary to be successful in school and life. At Granite Park, United Way has helped create a college-bound culture–students know regardless of their circumstances or challenges, they can achieve anything!

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