- Helping kids of jailed parents
- Age: 18
- School: Elon University
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Gender: Female
- Category: Social Activism and Community Service
Yasmine was just a freshman in high school when her mother died, leaving her grandmother to raise her. Despite her grief, Yasmine, whose father was incarcerated, relied on her grandmother's support and the memories of her mother's emphasis on academic excellence to excel in school and receive enough scholarship money to pay for her freshman year in college. But she realized that not everyone in her shoes is so fortunate. So in 2011 she founded ScholarChips, an organization that raises money to help kids of incarcerated parents pay for college. ScholarChips has raised $10,000 so far and is continuing to raise funds with the goal of giving out three $10,000 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. The satisfaction ScholarChips provides is profound, Yasmine says. "It means that my life -- everything I've been through -- all the loss and the pain has a purpose."