Yaselis graduated from Melrose High School as a METCO student and first enrolled in a four-year college in New York. But lack of family support, working full-time and personal issues caused her to withdraw. She continued her education at Bunker Hill Community College, but then suffered an accident that hospitalized her for seven months. After recovering, she returned to school and found the Year Up program, which connected her with Cambridge College’s financial operations program; she then dual-enrolled and received her associate’s degree. She also works at Boston Financial as a Compliance Fund Administrator. She enrolled in UMass Boston this fall to pursue a degree in human services, aiming to help improve Boston as a youth and community outreach worker. She also participates in community events, such as the Walk for Hunger and cancer fundraisers.