Women’s Hall of Fame

Priya Karim Haji

PRIYA KARIM HAJI, although only 24 years old, has an outstanding professional and volunteer record in helping others. While at Stanford, she founded SOAR (Students Offering Alternative Realities), a comprehensive after school program for high school youth from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. She supervised the program which included tutoring, academic support, and employment program, a newspaper, and preparation for SAT and ACT exams. She served as a facilitator for a weekly substance abuse group at San Quentin Prison, volunteered with the County Aids Program, and was a substance abuse counselor for Links To Positive People- Center for Community Change in East Palo Alto. She helped found a free medical clinic in her hometown of Bryan, Texas, when she was only 20 and initiated a midnight Basketball League for young people while she was in college. Her most recent achievement is the founding of Free At Last Community and Rehabilitation Services, a drug and alcohol recovery program, which in its first year served more than 3,000 clients in East Palo Alto. She presently serves as its Executive Director.
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