Hannah has applied to attend Envision NYLF Medicine this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Science & Medicine
Palisades Charter High School
Pacific Palisades, CA
Successfully funded on May 12th, 2016!
Fully funded!
$3,195 raised
$0 to go
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Hannah's Story

My passion is Neurology and Neuroscience.

I have always wondered why people act and think the way that they do. Studying science in school from a young age gave me concrete insight into things that didn't seem very concrete. It gave me a sort of sense of stability in a world that I often observed and even experienced as unstable. Studying biology and human behavior is something that endlessly intrigues me; learning about it in school has enhanced my knowledge while conjuring more and more questions to ask. Specifically, I have always been interested in the causes and effects of sicknesses. Tasks that seem so effortless to me—such as speaking or walking— might not be easy or even possible for someone else. My curiosity about this issue led me to discovering my passion for neurology. The brain controls everything, and if human beings are—for the most part— the same, then why is it difficult or impossible for some to do things that others do without thought? This concept has filled me to the brim and beyond with questions and wonders that ultimately resulted in my aspiration to pursue a future in the field of neurology. My dream is to receive a higher education in understanding the brain, and a career in helping those with neurological issues try to manage or overcome them.

Being exposed to the new medical procedures and tools will be advantageous to me in that I will become familiar with them before going to medical school. Ultimately, I will be more comfortable using these tools and techniques well before I have to. Attending National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine will provide me with a glimpse into professionalism and how working as a doctor really is— not just what I have heard or imagined it as. Learning about the innumerable ways the human body behaves and the complementary ways doctors monitor and affect these behaviors is a large part of my passion. The simulation and training stations will supply me with knowledge of how to deal with high-pressure medical situations, while simultaneously giving me even more insight into why the human body behaves the way it does. Lectures from and interacting with professionals in various medical fields will encourage me to develop skills that are essential to my own success in a medical field. National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine will prepare me for the complex institution that is the ever-augmenting world of medicine. Being prepared will further allow me to help explore my passion. Attending would be an invaluable opportunity that would afford me with lessons and experiences that I could carry with me for the rest of my life.

A Note from Mr. Vieira, Hannah's Teacher

Being one of the youngest students in the class has not slowed her down one bit. She continues to remain at the top of the class despite never taking biology before where others have. She has always been able to pick up the slack when lab partners have not fully pulled their weight and never allowed the work to suffer.

Hannah has a affinity for science that stands out among her peers. Hannah is small in stature but fierce in gumption. She lets nothing stand in her way. Hannah tackles the curriculum with confidence and seems to be truly interested in the details that most students often overlook. Hannah is thorough in all her work and drives the classroom discussion into areas where we can evaluate not only the concepts of science but ethics as well.

Campaign Activity
Hannah posted an update
August 12
Thank you! (Again)

Attending The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine this summer was absolutely life-changing, and I couldn't have done it if not for your help and support. I learned so much about the medical field, life as a doctor, and how to pursue a career in neurology. During the program there were many opportunities in which I was able to ask med students, residents, and practicing doctors about the process of becoming a doctor and the best way to approach reaching my goal.

When we visited USC Keck School of Medicine, I was able to participate in a Q and A with med students, who then gave us a school tour. Afterwards, we dissected a pig heart and discussed the parts of the heart and how various diseases are related to them. I also had the opportunity to go to Cedars Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center, in which I practiced CPR and tracheal intubation, and was able to go into an OR and operate on a life-like mannequin. Aside from this, we also did simulations of clinical skills on campus at UCLA. I was able to practice disaster triage, neurological exams, phlebotomy/ venipuncture, suturing, making slings and splints, caring for an injured person when help is hours away, and dealing with ethically challenging scenarios.

One of my favorite parts of the program was being able to debate in (and win) a medical ethics caucus on sex selection. I didn't know very much about the topic beforehand, so doing the research for my debate was both enlightening and interesting. My favorite part by far, however, was meeting people with the same goals and aspirations that I have. I met great people from all over the country and other parts of the world, and I hope to stay in touch with them for a long time. To say the least, I think that the nine days I spent at NYLF were some of the best days of my life, and I want to thank you for making that possible. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

Dissecting a heart at USC Keck
Dissecting a heart at USC Keck
In the operating room with a mannequin
In the operating room with a mannequin
Hannah posted an update
June 7
Thank you!

This summer I will be participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. It is with the utmost gratitude and excitement that I write this as I await the start of the program. This past school year I was introduced to biological sciences that gave me a glimpse of something I'd definitely like to further pursue in life. I have always been interested in studying medicine and the intricacies of human thought and action, and I believe that this program will help me do that and more.

I am eager to attend a program that will give me such an invaluable head start in pursuing what I love. I look forward to working with other motivated students and mentors in a professional environment that will prepare me for a future in studying medicine. I have a passion for the sciences, especially neurology, so it means a great deal to me that I am able to attend this program. I am excited to enhance my knowledge of the medical world and the sciences that I am fascinated by. This will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Success! Mr. Vieira helped Hannah raise $3,195
May 12
Anonymous donated $1,396
May 12
michael tehrani donated $200
April 26

Hannah is an exceptional individual, who is extremely mature and capable of achieving any goal she may have.

Melissa Tehrani donated $100
April 13

Hannah, you make me so proud every day and I so admire your diligence, drive, perseverance and tenacity. I am so excited for you and for everything your future will unfold!

Andrew Bernstein donated $50
April 13

Great job Hannah! Keep up the good work.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $50

Bahman Tehrani donated $75
April 12

Hannah is the most smartest student I have ever seen , I have no doubt that she will be really successful.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $75

Sarah Tehrani donated $25
April 12

So proud of you Hannah! Your determination and passion for education is inspiring.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $25

Anonymous donated $1,000
April 12
Student Contribution donated $199
April 12
Mr. Vieira started this campaign
April 12
Hannah was accepted into Wishbone!
January 29