Araiye, 18, is a college freshman and the first of nine siblings to go to college. She worked hard to graduate from high school despite attending 6 different high schools due to family homelessness. Araiye enjoys music, spoken word, sports, and art, and is currently studying Sociology and Political Science at community college. She also has extensive volunteer experience in the areas of activism and youth engagement. Araiye's wish is for a laptop computer which will cost approximately $600. Can you help her get this crucial tool to be more organized and successful in college?
Angel, 9, is a 3rd grader with some health and behavioral challenges. He wants to be active, but needs extra encouragement to stay focused. Karate seemed like a natural fit for Angel as it provides a structured program of discipline, physical activity, and a built-in rewards system. However, the costs of attending have been prohibitive for Angel's mom who is a single parent. Angel's wish is to take karate lessons which will cost approximately $550. Can you help him achieve more focus and gain better health through martial arts?
Bruce, 15, is a 10th grader who takes IB classes and has a strong GPA. He has a heavy workload and has daily assignments and essays he must complete at the library after school because he doesn't have a computer at home. This is a real hardship for his family who work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and must arrange transportation for Bruce to get home once the library closes. Bruce's wish is to have his own laptop to complete assignments at home. This flexibility will help take some of the stress off completing his schoolwork, and it will also remove the unpredictability of Bruce's schedule so the family doesn't have to scramble for transportation. The cost to fund his wish is approximately $600. Can you help Bruce get a laptop to continue his forward momentum towards college?
Dominic, 15, is a 10th grader who always wanted to participate in sports, but his family just couldn't swing the extra costs of registration, uniforms, and equipment. This year might be different thanks to donors who remember how important it was to them as a teenager to belong to something. Dominic struggles with self-esteem and playing sports is a great way to develop confidence and learn how to get along with others. Dominic would like to play soccer and tennis this year, and the cost for both is approximately $250. Can you help Dominic Have the chance to participate this year?
Julia, 7, is a 1st grader who loves animals. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, so it's only natural that she would like to interact with animals. However, Julia lives with her mom and her six siblings, so money is often tight for the family. Julia's wish is to attend Animal Camp this summer. This is an opportunity to have a week long hands-on learning experience with zoo animals while working directly with the zookeepers. This wish will cost approximately $350. Can you help Julia attend camp this summer and support her love of animals?
Grayson, 9, is a bright, compassionate 3rd grader who loves his mom and tries to support her as much as he can. Grayson's mom is battling cancer and he worries about her. Grayson's wish is to attend Summertime Fun Club which will cost approximately $500. This is an opportunity to have a summer filled with fun alongside peers in a structured environment. However, Mom is on disability and can't afford extras like camp for her son. Can you help Grayson have some fun this summer?
José, 18, is a college freshman planning to pursue a degree in engineering. He is a good student and loves college, but needs a laptop of his own for school work so he doesn't have to be limited to doing assignments in the library. Despite the challenges of being a freshman, José is earning good grades and also volunteers as a math tutor for kids in the community. With a family of seven, his parents aren't able to afford this extra cost. José's wish is for a laptop computer which will cost approximately $600. Can you help him access this much needed tool for college?
Alvaro, 6, is a bright and busy 1st grader with some social and behavioral difficulties. He enjoys being active, but needs extra help channeling some of his physical energy and learning to concentrate. Alvaro's wish is to take karate lessons which will cost approximately $550. Karate is the perfect outlet as it aims to support students in the development of self discipline, perseverance, and social skills. Can you help Alvaro achieve more focus and socialization through martial arts?
Habib, 16, is a high school junior who is very interested in martial arts and enjoys competition. He and his family immigrated to the United States after his father worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan during the war. Now his father is struggling to find regular work here due to health challenges. Habib is "an exceptional student, very polite, and always does more than is required or expected on his assignments," according to one of his teachers. Habib's wish is to take taekwondo classes which will cost approximately $600. Can you help him embrace his competitive spirit and develop skills and discipline through taekwondo?
Freshta, 17, is a high school senior with the goal of becoming an aerospace engineer. This phenomenal young woman is taking AP classes and currently holds a 4.2 GPA, while also playing soccer and tennis for her school's teams. Freshta will attend UC Davis in the fall. She's done all of this while her family has been split up. She and two other family members live here in the U.S., while the rest of her family are unable to immigrate. Freshta's wish is for a laptop computer which will cost approximately $600. Can you help her go to college in the fall with the proper tools she'll need to be successful?