Samira has applied to attend SOCAPA Music Bootcamp this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Performing Arts
Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School
New York, NY
Successfully funded on April 8th, 2017!
Fully funded!
$1,160 raised
$0 to go
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Samira's Story

My passion is singing.

My passion for singing began when I was in elementary school. When in elementary school, other students would often belittle me, as well as bully me about my exterior. Unable to defend myself, I took to writing in my notebook. Sometimes I would write songs and other times I would sing songs that put me deep in my feelings. Artists that caused me to dive into my emotions included Alicia Keys. When I was only 3 years old, I would tell my father, "Daddy don't steal Alisheerrr keysss!" after listening to her album, "As I Am," which was always on repeat. Ever since then, singing has always been a way for me to release my inner feelings. It would always leave me feeling positive about my life and give me hope for a better tomorrow.

A Note from Ms. Brooks, Samira's Mentor

Samira is a good candidate for SOCAPA Music Bootcamp because she has taken great initiative in already going after composing her own music and songwriting in order to better channel her emotions as a teen, but this opportunity could afford her way more resources in order to better herself, but also the budding artist community at her high school! She could also greatly benefit from being around like-minded teens who could broaden her horizons and show her that there is so much more to learn, explore, and challenge herself with. Lastly, I feel like Samira could be an awesome source of experience and maturity for other teens in the program as she has already made huge strides in self-discovery and use of unique tools to channel negative experiences into positive outlets!

Campaign Activity
Samira posted an update
July 31
An Experience to Remember

Dear Wishbone donors,

Being at SOCAPA was truly an experience to remember. I got to learn a ton of things as well as meet a ton of new people over the course of just one week! I remember my first day, it began at the NYU campus in Brooklyn, my borough. I saw so many people, and realized that I was one of the very few students of color. This caused me to build a judgement in my mind that none of those people would be welcoming. That was the worst thing I could have done. I took it upon myself to join them at the table they sat at, and to my surprise, they greeted me before j could even say hello. They seemed really eager to get to know me, and that made me eager to get to know them as well. The classes that I had to attend required me to go to Pace University, and that's where the real fun began. With the help of my teacher, Kelly McRae, I got to learn about different kinds of music such as hip hop and Rnb. After that, everyone in class got to write and perform their own songs, which was truly a blessing because I never wrote a stable song before attending SOCAPA and I never would have thought that I would be able to craft an entire song in a matter of one week only. What helped me was how Kelly told everyone to speak their truth, and even if it may be a love song, as long as it's your truth then it's worth writing a song about. One of my favorite moments was listening to Kelly sing. As a young black woman living in a low income communuty, it was an amazing opportunity to be able to get performances, lessons and musical advice from a real musical artist. I am grateful for everything I got to be apart of in SOCAOA down to watching the three week students perform and getting to perform myself. In SOCAPA, students literally came from all over. I remember one girl came from Hong Kong, which truly gave me insight into real diversity. This is what college could potentially look like for me in terms of student diversity, and I was happy to finally get the chance to experience that, regardless of my financial setbacks and instabilities. I wouldn't get to be apart of this program without you guys. All of you believed in me, and because of you my eyes have been widened and my dreams and expectations for myself have been set higher. Every small accomplishment, every small donation was truly a blessing and I have learned not to let opportunities go to waste. Whatever is out there for me, I must go for it.

Thank you,

Samira Ferron


My new friends and I! :)
My new friends and I! :)
SOCAPA identification :)
SOCAPA identification :)
Samira posted an update
May 9
To Wishbone and My Donors

Thank you my beautiful donors for contributing to my passion and having belief in my success! Thank you, Wishbone, for giving me a platform to further expand my opportunities with music and my ability to engage in life changing decisions! I plan to make the most out of the program, as well as take with me the drive and the willingness to put myself out there to get recognition and audiences! Also, I'm excited to meet people of different backgrounds and walks of life! Once again, thank you!!

Success! Ms. Brooks helped Samira raise $1,160
April 8
Stephania Brooks donated $166
April 8

You're on your way, Samira!!! So proud of you and how courageous you are with sharing your talents. Make the most of every opportunity given to you! ☄

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $166

Brittany Shropshire donated $25
April 5

Keep singing your heart out girl!!! I hope you never stop dreaming of ways to pursue your passion :)

Randi Seigel donated $20
April 5
Kristen Ross donated $5
April 4

Samira- what an amazing opportunity! So excited for you! -Ms. Ross

Alison Virostko donated $50
April 3
Anonymous donated $25
March 28

Best of luck! Hope this proves to be an unforgettably amazing experience for you!

Anonymous donated $5
March 26

Samira, you are in inspiration! This summer program looks like an amazing fit for your talent and passion. Best wishes for a memorable experience!

School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA)
School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) donated $600
March 17
Student Contribution donated $99
March 12
Ms. Brooks started this campaign
March 12
Samira was accepted into Wishbone!
February 1