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Sarina Krishnan is a rising senior at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. From a young age, she has been passionate about community service; whether it be volunteering at Helen Woodward Animal Center, or tutoring youth with special needs in piano, she has always loved helping those around her and making the community a more harmonious place.
Pathways to Assimilation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that strives to help refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds to better acclimate to the United States. Our team is composed mainly of high school and college students, which provides an empathetic connection between ourselves and the youth refugee and immigrant students we work with. One of our newest ventures involves using technology for social good, which we will do with this phone application, "Communities Connect."
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Sarina founded Pathways to Assimilation largely from her own personal connection to the issue. Her parents would often tell her stories of their tumultuous journey to success as immigrants, and how it was largely dependent on the support of a strong community that embraced each other for their own unique identities. Once hearing about the enormous refugee population in San Diego and how this group is overlooked in the community, she knew she needed to do something to help them. Thus, Pathways to Assimilation was born.
As a millennial, Sarina has been immersed in a technology revolution and was quick to realize the broad impact these platforms can have on the community. Many refugee families expressed their desire to connect with other like-minded individuals so that they would be able to share their experiences and work together to build better futures for themselves. Based on the expressed needs, she realized that she could create a social networking app that could connect refugees and immigrants to forge mutually beneficial bonds. She knew that this app would have a significant impact on the communities she served, so she made her vision become a reality.