Your Generosity Will Help Minds Grow


Give Now

Taking full advantage of Library resources

Sasha Horne is a busy young lady. The 17-year-old high school student is active in her school and community and is vigorously preparing for her future. And, with Library support, that future looks very bright.

Since her sophomore year, Sasha has participated in the Library’s Admit One College Prep Academy, a resource for high school students embarking on the college admission process. Admit One provides free test preparation practice and advice from college admission experts. Participants learn essay writing and gain access to financial aid tips, college fairs, and more. More than 1,400 students have been helped since the free program’s launch in 2012 with a vast majority of them first-generation college students.

Sasha, a San Diego resident who attended Coronado High School and Coronado School of the Arts, took advantage of free Library learning programs from a young age. In elementary school she participated in the Summer Reading Program. She received free homework help in the Do Your Homework @ the Library program and when she needed help with a Spanish class, she got free Spanish tutoring at the Library. Sasha also served on a teen focus groups that helped plan the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library.

Sasha points to this support as helping her maintain good grades and successfully navigate the college application process. With Admit One help, she scored well on the PSAT and was invited to become a National Honor Society member and was asked to apply to the US Naval and Military Academies. This spring, Sasha learned she was accepted into ten colleges with several offering generous scholarships.

Sasha recently decided to attend Hofstra University in New York where she will have a dual major in political science and economics. She is interested in international law and hopes to intern or work at the United Nations. She says her long-term future may include a run for public office.

Sasha Horne with Special Projects/Outreach Librarian Catherine Hong. Catherine oversees the Admit College Prep Academy and has worked with Sasha since her sophomore year.