Shiroy worked very hard to invest his students in their own achievement and the impact that their success would have on their community. He co-piloted one of the first chapters of the EMERGE Fellowship and coached a pod of high achieving students through the college admissions process of top-tier schools. This helped the entire school see how hard work and high expectations translate into better life trajectories. With fellow corps members Karthik Soora and Neeraj Salhotra, he conceived of One Jump. They realized that if they could use the web to aggregate and make it easy to explore opportunities such as pre-college programs, leadership camps, and internships, their students would be exposed to experiences that would make college a reality. Now leading One Jump, Shiroy is helping thousands of students each year reimagine their future.
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Along with fellow corps members, I realized students lacked access to experiences that could boost their confidence about college and careers. We found and helped fund opportunities for our students, and knew we could do this on a much bigger scale. Today, One Jump has over 1,300 students and curates more than 1,000 opportunities. We’re creating an opportunity ecosystem for kids.
I grew up overnight. I became more mature, more organized, more reflective. I learned to take complex projects and work backwards from goals to create effective plans. The strategy and critical thinking it takes to plan powerful lessons surprised me. More importantly, it taught me to dream big. If you aim high and have the energy to achieve, you can do incredible things.
I didn’t think it would change me the way it did. I didn’t know that out of all the communities I am part of, my TFA colleagues would be doing the most interesting and important work. They are tackling educational inequity and changing lives for entire families. To be surrounded by people that are intelligent, charismatic, and committed to something bigger than themselves is special.