Sasha Pellerin is a 2012 graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Sasha is a Program Manager at Southwest Creations Collaborative for Hacia la Universidad, a family engagement and college readiness program that engages Latino students and their families through interactive college readiness programs and one-on-one family advising. Hacia la Universidad has achieved a 98 percent high school graduation rate and an 85 percent college attendance rate while reducing the school-to-prison pipeline through effective and holistic prevention models.
Sasha is currently the Chair of the New Mexico Grant Sub-Committee for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. She oversees the Grant Sub-Committee process in order to provide comprehensive fund recommendations and allocations across the state of roughly $3 million dollars. Her work is multi-pronged and interdisciplinary with a focus on education as a preventive measure for curbing the school-to-prison pipeline; supporting innovative, preventative, and rehabilitative models in juvenile justice; and developing functional public policy as it pertains to children at all stages of the juvenile justice continuum.
Sasha is a part of the founding class and the first alumna board member of South Valley Academy High School, a college preparatory school located in a rural region in central New Mexico that serves low-income, first generation Latino students.
In addition, Sasha is a mother of two. She is a young professional motivated and passionate to change the face of the juvenile justice system for children in the United States.
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