After receiving a degree from the Parsons School of Design, Asha Pabla found a job as a fashion designer for Liz Claiborne. She has also served as a manager for fabric and textiles at New York fabrics manufacturer Pressman Gutman. As a successful professional of South Asian descent, Asha Pabla actively supports the youth of her own heritage through South Asian Youth Action (SAYA).
Since its inception in 1996, SAYA has been operating a New York-based youth development program that aims to help young people thrive academically, professionally, and personally in today’s world. What started as a small afterschool program for South Asian youth in Queens eventually grew to become a citywide project that incorporates a holistic approach to providing youth support.
At the core of SAYA’s programs is academic support to high school students. To be fully prepared for college, SAYA youth receive free individual tutoring and college advisement. Moreover, students can attend classes that will help them prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). On top of these, SAYA assists students in completing college applications, personal statements, and financial aid forms.