Yessica has applied to attend Experiment in International Living this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Yessica
Yessica
Interest:
Leadership
Grade:
9th
School:
Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx
Location:
New York, NY
Successfully funded on April 7th, 2017!
Fully funded!
$6,482 raised
$0 to go
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Yessica
Yessica's Story

My passion is cultural study.

Living in New York, I have been able to build a passion for new cultures. Through various adventures in the city, I have been able to see how different cultures live, interact, and learn from each other. During middle school I joined clubs that revolve around different cultures, like my international book club, because I was eager to learn as much as I could. At some point I got to interact with girls my age from Ireland and discuss about a book that talks about a Cuban girl coming to the states while learning about both cultures. It was so amazing to work with students my age who had different backgrounds, but we all bonded over a single book. I used those skills to build a diverse group of friends My passion for cultural studies has allowed me to be more social and more open minded.

Attending the Experiment in International Living will be a dream come true, and will help me pursue my passion in cultural studies. I will have the chance to communicate with individuals from different backgrounds, and open my mind to the world outside of New York. This will prepare me for college, and will fuel my desire to continue learning for as long as I can. The world will become my classroom.

Julissa
A Note from Ms. DiLone, Yessica's Teacher

I've had the pleasure of teaching Yessica since she entered our school in the 6th grade. Her interest in cultural history has manifested itself in many different ways. For starters, she was always the student who enjoyed reading supplemental informational text, connected to our literary texts, the most. She would devour article upon article about connected historical events and ask for suggestions that would help her learn more. Later, when I started my International Book Club, a club that employed the use of historical fiction to address the concepts of acculturation and assimilation, as well as the history of immigration in the United States; Yessica signed up for two years in a row and stayed behind to do additional research. In time, she became my historian and informational text assistant. It was always a pleasure to see her eye light up whenever I played a video about Cuban immigration or the various factors that pushed or pulled immigrants into the United States. Four years later, that passion for knowledge and the exploration of important events in history continues to flourish and has served Yessica well. She was one of the top students in her class, before moving on to high school, and continues to excel in both reading and writing. Participating in this program will not only enable her to pursue her passion to learn more about the world around her, but provide her with the platform she needs to become an active participant and agent of change in the world. Given this opportunity, I know that Yessica's compassionate and inquisitive nature will not only make her an invaluable asset to the program.

Campaign Activity
Yessica
Yessica posted an update
May 3
Update

I am going to be participating in the Experiment, Ireland: Irish Culture and Youth Empowerment. I am really excited! Honestly I cannot wait till summer arrives. Though a part of me is pretty nervous about leaving but, I know I'll enjoy it and I probably won't miss home! The truth is that this program was not my first choice. When I was applying for Wishbone I chose AFS-USA , a study abroad program, as one of my first choices. A few weeks later I got an e-mail offering me to attend the Experiment and I decided to take it. I decided to accept the offer because it's a once in a life time opportunity, well for me it is.
I'm really looking forward to this. Yes, New York City is diverse and it is full of so many cultures but, I get to experience this myself. I get to experience a whole new adventure. I feel like this program will allow me to learn more new things about a whole other culture than my own as well as being able to learn more about myself since I won't be going with people I know. I know, I still have time ahead of me to figure out what I want to major in college but, there are so many things I want to do and I feel like going to this program will help me get me an idea of what I want to do or at least cross out the things that I want to do.

Success! Ms. DiLone helped Yessica raise $6,482
April 7
Samantha May donated $25
April 7

Good Luck!

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $6

LeMarie Laureano donated $25
April 7

Yessica is an amazing student and it makes me happy to support her. She has earned this opportunity and I am very proud of her.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $25

Jen Kydon donated $30
April 7

This will be such an amazing opportunity for you! So exciting!

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $30

Anonymous donated $20
April 7

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Simone D donated $25
April 6

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Julia Bernstein donated $75
April 6

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Anonymous donated $300
April 6

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Aracelis Dilone donated $5
April 6

Good luck in all you do young lady, hope all your dreams come true!!! make your parents proud!

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $5

Patricia McNeill donated $25
April 6

Good luck to you and your teacher Brittany McNeill

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $25

Rukaiah Saleh donated $20
April 6

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Anonymous donated $25
April 5

Best of Luck....Wonderful opportunity! I pray that you meet your expectations. You are a wonderful student, daughter and overall a sweet young lady.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $25

Nancy Buck donated $25
April 5

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Anonymous donated $10
April 5

Safe travels! We know you'll take full advantage of this opportunity! Hugs, J. De Los Angeles

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $10

Matched Funds donated $618
April 5
Jessica Capers donated $10
April 5

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jasmine Lahoz donated $25
April 5

Good Luck Yessica!!!!!

Brit Melvin donated $25
April 5

This is an amazing opportunity! I wish you the best of luck!

Katie Fredricks donated $10
April 5
Jessica Macken donated $10
April 5

What a great opportunity, Yessica! Best of luck!

Sofiya Khersonsky donated $5
April 5
Martha Mitchell donated $35
April 5
Devon Eisenberg donated $25
April 5
Sabine Chishty donated $10
April 4
L Rmrz donated $25
April 4

Enjoy your experience!

Jairo Palacio donated $100
April 4

Feliz viaje Jessica

Anonymous donated $5
April 4

Wishing you the best with your endeavors!

Matthew Eisenberg donated $25
April 4
Jane Morgan donated $100
April 4
Britt Fremstad donated $25
April 4
julissa acosta donated $25
April 4

I'm excited about your opportunity to go to Ireland and learn about their culture!

Wanda Rosario Vazquez donated $25
April 4

Yessica, this is your time to explore the World and to spread your love, your kindness and your internal strength everywhere you will go. Creemos en ti!!!

Patrick Minogue donated $5
April 4
Gladys Dominguez donated $33
April 4

Good luck hun!

Andrea Alvarado donated $20
April 4

Buena suerte!

Steven Bernhard donated $25
April 4
Courtney Morgan donated $25
April 4

I'm so proud of you miss thing. :)

Aschli Dominguez donated $25
April 4

Good luck.!! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

Yael Cohen donated $25
April 4
William Schanz donated $25
April 4
Susan Ano donated $100
April 4

I hope this is a life-changing experience! Good luck Yessica!

Catherine Montera donated $25
April 4
Jose Morocho donated $40
April 4

I wish the best hija I love you

Jude Alfaro donated $25
April 4

Yessica - I work with your schools staff and Brittany. I wish you the best of luck!!

Jane O'Connor donated $200
April 4
Jane O'Connor donated $50
April 4

Congratulations! Have a wonderful time!!!

Candice Manzano donated $50
April 3

I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished so far! I hope you have an amazing time in Ireland and i can't wait to hear all about it.

Julissa DiLone donated $30
March 31

Have fun in Ireland! May this be one of many traveling opportunities!

Christina McNamee donated $25
March 31
Ayano Miranda donated $25
March 30

As you are getting older, you are gaining a voice and speaking up for what you know is right. I am very excited for you!

Brittany McNeill donated $50
March 29

Good Luck : )

Trish Nolan donated $25
March 19

Hi Yessica, great to see that the International Book Club has had such an impact! Wishing you all the best, Trish (co-founder๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†)

Student Contribution donated $99
March 14
Experiment in International Living
Experiment in International Living donated $3,241
March 14
Julissa
Ms. DiLone started this campaign
March 14
Yessica
Yessica was accepted into Wishbone!
February 1