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Ashley White

Ashley White

Casey Fellow

Operation H.O.P.E

New York, NY

I want to inspire young women to take that first step in living out their dream. As a computer scientist and graphic designer, it took me way too long to have the self confidence and forwardness that I currently possess. Other women should realize their brilliance, and invest in it! Be fearless, open, and always curious

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Operation H.O.P.E

Casey Fellow

My passion has always been art, and though many have told me that I cannot pay the bills with it, I have strived to find ways to integrate it into whatever I do. With my current position as a Casey Fellow for Operation H.O.P.E, I have discovered another side of myself that my passion for art instilled in me. I have compassion, curiosity, and a desire to share what I see in the world with others. As a fellow I correspond with the mayor of Washington, DC as well as other organizations in the DC area to create impactful programs for the youth centering around financial literacy. I know, it's not exactly what one would expect an artist to do, but I'm able to cultivate relationships between these offices and the community, and push the youth to experience the world in a different perspective. I teach them that everything is not black and white, that there are so many different ways to look at the world, and by taking the time to see this, they're able to help themselves not only financially, but personally as well. Be passionate about what you want to do and how you want to achieve your goals, and the financial lessons I help to give will allow them to live out their passions and dreams.

Howard University

Bachelors, Computer Science

I realized very early on that college wasn't my forte. I wasn't one that liked the idea of going to class to complete graded assignments just to pass on to the next classroom. It felt incredibly mundane, and I struggled to figure out what I was doing there for four years of my life. However, I had a moment of clarity when I signed up for an art class and discovered a completely different structure of learning. It wasn't memorization, rather it was cultivating skills and being pushed to expand my perspective on things that I had once looked over. I realized that I learn from doing and experiencing. So I signed up for activities that allowed me to be interactive with students and the community. I created side projects for myself that felt relevant and impactful. College allowed me to see what my weaknesses were, and forced me to invest in my strengths that I hadn't seen before. As I prepare for graduation I have a new sense of self that makes me confident and eager to experience a world beyond a classroom.