Ashley has applied to attend Cal Poly EPIC Engineering Camp this summer and is raising funds for her program fees. Can you help?
Technology & Engineering
Lighthouse Community Charter High School
Oakland, CA
Successfully funded on June 8th, 2016!
Fully funded!
$1,475 raised
$0 to go
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Ashley's Story

My passion is soccer.

Soccer has been my passion ever since I started kicking the ball at age seven. I stuck with the sport even when I was the only girl on the team. Soccer remains my passion because it cheers me up to the point where I forget any negativity occurring around me.

Cal Poly EPIC Engineering Camp will help me discover a passion other than soccer. It will help me determine what I want to major in the near future. This camp will also help me learn the real roots of engineering since there are many types. I know I feel passionate about women's rights, so if I explore engineering and like it, I can help prove that women can become engineers as well. I am eager to learn more about engineering and how it plays a big role to the world.

A Note from Mr. Waller, Ashley's Mentor

"Ashley brings great energy and a huge smile to anything that she participates in. She is a valuable asset to any team environment. She will bring not only great energy, but also an amazing desire to learn and grow.

The exposure that Ashley will receive at the Cal Poly Engineering Camp is key to young people with the potential that Ashley possesses. Success is a great possibly for Ashley, it is important for her to have exposure to the engineering field because in Oakland many of our youth does not; this will be a great opportunity to continue finding in what field she would like to make a career."

Campaign Activity
Ashley posted an update
August 1
A Life- changing experience at CAL POLY SLO

Before Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I had no idea on what I wanted to major in. I just knew I loved soccer and helping out other people. Conversations about college with teachers who knew me well suggested that I wanted to become a doctor without borders since it engaged communities in third world countries. That idea of helping people fascinated me, but I wasn't as interested in the medical part. Based on many talks with doctors during consultations, I knew I didn't want to take 8 years to pursue a degree.

I eagerly waited for July 17, 2016. I was looking forward to making new friends and especially gaining new knowledge at my summer program. The first few moments at Cal Poly were already welcoming and warm. Immediately, I became friends with my roommates. After unpacking and getting settled, I said goodbye to my parents. I didn't want them to leave but I reassured myself that it was only a week and it would go by quickly.

At camp, I took many hands on engineering labs. They consisted of Biomedical, Architectural, Civil, and Materials Engineering. My favorite one was Architectural Engineering. I felt like I understood the topic really well and used a software online to create a bridge and plan out my ideas. Not only did I like that, but I also learned that there are engineers without borders that go to third world countries and help build homes for those who live in poverty.

EPIC, helped me explore a major that I plan on pursuing in the near future. In addition, I created memories with people from all over the world. For my parents college was an impossible dream, but I stand here today motivated to succeed in school and in life. Thank you for the endless support! I am forever grateful for people like you!
-Ashley Mendez, 16

Learning to model a bridge using specialized software
Learning to model a bridge using specialized software
Creating a beam in Aero Space Engineering LAB
Creating a beam in Aero Space Engineering LAB
My team color maroon!
My team color maroon!
Success! Mr. Waller helped Ashley raise $1,475
June 8
Anonymous donated $51
June 8

We need more women engineers! Hope camp helps you decide if engineering is for you.

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $50

Anonymous donated $25
May 27

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $25

Anonymous donated $100
May 25

An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $100

Anonymous donated $75
May 22
Melissa Barnes Dholakia donated $25
May 13

Go Ashley! So excited to watch you find and pursue and your passions!

Wishbone Application Incentive donated $100
May 10
Student Contribution donated $199
May 10
California Polytechnic State University
California Polytechnic State University donated $725
May 10
Mr. Waller started this campaign
May 10
Ashley was accepted into Wishbone!
January 29