Yaried Hailu L’24
Yaried is a first-generation college graduate. He graduated from Temple University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. After college, he worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Serve Philadelphia VISTA program at the Office of Homeless Services. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, he developed sustainable initiatives aimed at benefitting Philadelphia residents living in homeless shelters.
Following his year of service, Yaried worked as a paralegal at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia where he assisted low-income Philadelphia residents with serious disabilities obtain SSI benefits. His experiences at Community Legal Services have motivated him to pursue a career as a public interest attorney. During his time as a paralegal, he witnessed the power of a law degree firsthand. On a daily basis, he worked with attorneys in advocating for people to receive basic needs such as housing, healthcare, and financial assistance. These attorneys not only support individuals but also spearhead efforts for systematic change.
With a law degree Yaried plans to continue fighting for human rights by supporting individuals while also targeting policies that are harmful to marginalized communities.