Aisha has applied to attend Barnard Young Women's Leadership Institute this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Bronx Preparatory Charter School (Democracy Prep)
New York City, New York
Successfully funded on May 14th, 2018!
Fully funded!
$3,950 raised
$0 to go
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Aisha's Story

My passion is cultural studies.

I spent my childhood perched on my window sill which overlooked the busy street of Grand Concourse. The cultural background of the Bronx gives me the ability to speak out for those who do not have a voice. I always had an interest for learning about other cultures because of the giant melting pot of cultures in the Bronx. I grew up listening to my Dominican neighbors blare out their bachata music at 6 A.M and eating Chinese food from the corner store. I always had a passion for learning about other people. My passion even allowed me to travel to other countries to study the interaction of people. Growing up with people of all ethnicities made me realize that this world is gigantic, and it is filled with people with interesting beliefs and beautiful languages.

The history of Barnard is full of empowered women who were determine to fight for their education. I want to receive my education in an environment where women are passionate about their studies in order to be successful. I visited the campus last fall and realized that this is my dream college. Barnard Young Women's Leadership Institute will help me decide if I want to pursue cultural studies as my major in college. Learning about my passion with others like me who love this field of study would be a good experience.

A Note from Ms. Palenyy, Aisha's Teacher

Aisha is an excellent candidate for the Barnard Young Women's Leadership Institute because she is already a leader. Although she is just a teenager, she already views the world with equal parts wonder and responsibility for its future. Aisha is an activist in her school, promoting human rights as well as challenging popular ideas, constantly modeling open and respectful dialogue that inspires curiosity and knowledge that is personal. She will benefit from participating in this program by being exposed to more role models who can show her even more ways that she can develop her skills and approach. She certainly has the passion to do so.

Campaign Activity
Aisha posted an update
August 16
My Barnard Young Women Leadership Institute Program

This is a phenomenal program which shaped the my perspective of the world by exposing me to works of legendary writers and by encouraging conversations about leadership. Anyone who completes this program will leave feeling fulfilled because of all the activities and workshops available.

Success! Ms. Palenyy helped Aisha raise $3,950
May 14
Dylan Owusu-Mensah donated $25
May 14

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $9

Aisha Howie donated $25
May 14

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Anonymous donated $20
May 14

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Michael Forkner donated $25
May 14

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Sandi Jacobs donated $100
May 14

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Anne Marie Burgoyne donated $50
May 13

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Carolyn & Tim Lane donated $100
May 11

Congratulations. Wishing you the best in your college endeavor & future.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $100

The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation donated $100
May 10

We are thrilled to support your journey studying your passion of cultural studies!

Karen Corral donated $100
May 9

Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place where you are. Right on Alisha!

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $100

Anonymous donated $40
May 8

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Lourdes Flores donated $50
May 6

The world needs more Fearless leaders in the world. Next stop Harvard!

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Anonymous donated $30
May 6

I really hope you can reach your goal! I had aspirations for Barnard too~

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $30

Wishbone Participation Bonus donated $100
May 1

Great job so far! Keep up the fundraising!

Anonymous donated $25
April 28

You make me believe the future will be good

Anonymous donated $100
April 27

Aisha, I can tell what a good person you are - smart, sensitive and motivated. Enjoy your summer at Barnard! This donation honors you, and also my daughter in NYC, who herself has two young daughters. You are all proud women who will make the world better.

Jairon Jarrin donated $25
April 27

Be great, grateful, and modest.

Tamasia Johnson donated $25
April 27
Marina Palenyy donated $10
April 27

Because I know you are going places!

Eun Jung Kim donated $50
April 21

Aisha, 안녕하세요! I am so happy to hear what you like to do over the summer. You are an intelligent lady and I hope this program is just for you. Go Aisha and enjoy the program. -아이샤를 사랑하는 김은정 선생님-

Asamia Diaby donated $40
April 20
Rakiyah Wright donated $50
April 20

I’m wishing you the best love! You can do it!!

Cecly Placenti donated $10
April 18

You are already a leader and a compassionate, intelligent woman with so much to offer. I am excited for you to explore your areas of passion and go after them!

cristina angeles donated $10
April 18

Wish you the best in your academic journey!!

Donna Paolucci donated $10
April 16

You are a wonderful, young lady and I wish you many blessings!

Sridar Iyengar donated $250
April 15
Brianna Cruz donated $30
April 15

Never let anything hold you back. When there’s a way, there’s a way. Best of luck Aisha.

Anonymous donated $2
April 6
Barnard College
Barnard College donated $1,900
April 3
Student Contribution donated $99
April 3
Ms. Palenyy started this campaign
April 3
Aisha was accepted into Wishbone!
February 1