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My Y Story: Fatima

Posted on: 02.21.2019

Achieving as She Learns

Born and raised in Jordan, Fatima came to America in the middle of 5th grade, not knowing any English. School was hard, and she was in ELL (English Language Learner) classes throughout middle school.

During the summer after 6th grade, she discovered the Y’s Code Teen program, where she heard guest speakers and visited colleges for the first time. In high school she participated in the Y’s My Achievers Program (MAP), which helped her figure out who she was and who she wanted to be.

Fatima recently graduated from Mariner High School, has earned 40 college credits through Sno-Isle Skills Center, and works as a Boeing mechanic on the 777x. She credits the YMCA with opening her eyes to all the
possibilities in life.

“Wherever I will be in life, the Y will always be a part of who I am.”