Alexis has applied to attend Blueprint Summer at UCLA this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Liberal Arts
Animo Pat Brown Charter High School
Los Angeles, CA
Successfully funded on May 6th, 2016!
Fully funded!
$2,849 raised
$0 to go
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Alexis's Story

My passion is forensic science.

I discovered my passion when I was about eleven years old. I remember watching shows like CSI: Miami, Bones, and NCIS. I recall buying a board game that had many murder mysteries to solve. I spent countless hours playing it. Now that I am older, I understand that these shows are mostly fiction, but I am intrigued by how science can be used to catch criminals. Every time I watch these shows I wish that I was a forensic scientist. In the shows I see that the characters spend most of their time in a lab and I know exactly what that feels like. Last summer, I spent two weeks in a lab studying the red blood cell and I enjoyed every moment of it. As a high school student, I can eagerly say that my passion is forensic science. I want to use science to help catch criminals. I want to make a difference in the world and being a forensic scientist will allow me to do that.

Attending Blueprint Summer at UCLA will help me explore my passion. I will be able to fully experience what it is like to be a forensic scientist, and spend more time in a lab to gain hands-on experience with lab equipment. Additionally, I will learn skills that will be valuable to me in the future. One of the biggest obstacles that I have overcome in school is my fear of public speaking. During my sophomore and junior year I have pushed myself to participate in all of the class discussions and presented multiple times in front of the class. Getting over my fear of public speaking has been able to boost my confidence because now I have created a positive environment for myself and my peers. Blueprint Summer at UCLA will help guide me towards a career I plan on pursuing.

A Note from Mr. Pickering, Alexis's Teacher

Alexis is truly maximizing her high school experience. She has managed to create a robust academic and extra-curricular life for herself. I am her Advanced Placement Language teacher as well as her adviser for Youth Business Alliance, which is an after school program. I have seen her give her all in both of these realms and she truly maximizes the experiences. Our small charter school provides Alexis with many opportunities, most importantly a safe environment to focus on school. However, we cannot provide all of the various electives available at a large comprehensive school.

I can already envision Alexis thriving as a participant in the Blueprint program. She has such intelligence, curiosity and drive when it comes to academics, I am confident that those virtues will be maximized in such an environment. I also think the challenge of working with students and staff from a multitude of backgrounds will be extremely beneficial. A program like Blueprint is the perfect stepping stone to ensure that Alexis becomes a happy, healthy, successful college student.

Campaign Activity
Alexis posted an update
August 12
My Blueprint Summer

This summer I had the opportunity to attend a summer program that has impacted my life dramatically. While I was there, I learned about different techniques used to solve crime scenes and why forensic scientists are so important. I also had the opportunity to solve a fake crime scene that some of my classmates created. This program reassured me that Forensic Science is my passion and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to attend.

Alexis posted an update
June 7
Thank You

Once again, I would like to thank you for your donations. Without the donations, I would not have been able to attend the summer program. I am very excited for Blueprint Summer at UCLA for forensic Science. Attending this program will allow me to explore my interest, and hopefully my future career. I am looking forward to spending my summer with others who have the same interest as me.

Success! Mr. Pickering helped Alexis raise $2,849
May 6
Anonymous donated $420
May 6
Maria Rodriguez donated $200
May 5
Ana Sanchez donated $50
May 1
Cesar Sanchez donated $50
April 30
Alexis Sanchez donated $20
April 30
Anonymous donated $15
April 29

This will be such a great experience!! Reach for the stars and then some!!!

Kevin M Scott donated $200
April 29

I'm very proud of you Alexis. Keep striving for all your goals!!

Sophia Quiroz donated $25
April 29

Congratulations Alexis on being accepted to participate in the Blueprint Program at UCLA. Your Aunt Mina is my colleague and she has taught all three of my kids. I've heard Alexis stories and she's always shared what an incredibly intelligent young lady you are. Mina has made such an impact in the education and character of my children; it's an honor for me to be able to give back to someone she loves and speaks so highly of. Dream Big Alexis!

Thelma Godoy donated $25
April 28

Alexis, I am proud of your accomplishments! Keep working towards your dreams. Your first grade teacher

Jose Puente donated $200
April 28

I am very proud of your past accomplishments and I am looking forward to celebrate your future accomplishments with you as well.

Arely Fuentes donated $25
April 25

I believe you have a bright future ahead of you. 😊

Anonymous donated $20
April 24
Diana Velasquez donated $100
April 12
Ralph Q donated $50
April 9
Ralph Q donated $25
April 9
Carmen Ochoa donated $50
April 9

I wish you all the best in this and all future endeavors.

Nova Pleman donated $25
April 9

I wouldn't be where I am today if people hadn't financially & emotionally supported my journey to & through college. Alexis, I'm a Bruin myself & our UCLA family would be honored if you would chase your dreams with us! Work hard, play fair, & love God!

Tía María Velazquez donated $200
April 8

At such a young age her priority is her education and her intelligence will allow her to reach her goals. Happy to help! Love you Alexis!

Monica Sanchez donated $25
April 8

Proud of you Mija! Set your mind to it and it can be done. From tia Moni in Oxnard.

Annett Velasquez donated $50
April 8

Looking forward to your success!

Claudia Patino donated $50
April 7
Erika Zambrano donated $50
April 7

Hope this kickstarts your future career. Wish you the best. Go get em!

Eladio Heraldez jr donated $25
April 7

Congratulations Alexis
You deserve this and much more.
Good luck and never give up on your dreams.

Patricia Patino Patino donated $50
April 7

You are a determined young lady! Way to go, Alexis. 👍🏼😊

Fabiola Bañuelos donated $50
April 7

Alexis, I am so glad to see that you are college-bound, and I wish you much success.

Monica Sanchez donated $100
April 7

I want to help my niece cause I know she has the capacity of achieving her goals in life, she's smart and will make her master degree with our support and will always be here for u love u keep going don't stop we are here for u

Kate Lewis donated $50
April 7

Good luck!!

Blueprint donated $500
April 6
Student Contribution donated $199
April 6
Mr. Pickering started this campaign
April 6
Alexis was accepted into Wishbone!
February 1