I know what you're thinking: Didn't you already do a fundraiser for this? Well yes, yes I did. Unfortunately I messed up on how I filled out my bank account's info and thus never actually received any of the donations that we made in the last pledging drive. Don't believe me? Check your bank statements, Fundly has ensured me that donors received refunds due to my incompetence.
Anyway, by the time that I realized what had happened it was too late to make up for my mistake and the date of our ice skating escapade was right around the corner. I wasn't about to renege on my promise to the youth that I serve so I did what any irresponsible yet well-meaning lack-wit would do: I opted to take students iceskating on my own dime. It ended up being one of the better uses of my paycheck that I've ever had. (Pics located here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bebv0hAlhB0/)
Time has passed and I am now still committed to getting students to attend an "Escape Room." Not only do I think the experience itself will be awesome but I am also hoping that I can use this as a launching pad to get students to design our own "escape the room" event at our school to raise money for future endeavors. Sadly, I simply do not have the funds to make this possible on my own. Thus, I am imploring you to donate. Every dime will help! Thanks!
I currently work for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and lead an academic support and enrichment program at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in D.C. My services there vary greatly. Primarily I run an after school program that focuses on tutoring services and enrichment activities. I manage numerous volunteer tutors and contractors to assist students with homework, SAT prep, and ESL lessons. Additionally , I make myself available to assist whenever my Spanish speaking skills are needed at the school. This can include anything from providing interpreting services for school counselors during house visits, to chaperoning on school field trips.
Roosevelt is a title 1 school and 99% of our students qualify for free or assisted school lunches (i.e. they poor). Around 50% of the student body consists of recently arrived migrants from Latin America and my program's participants basically reflect that demographic.
I am currently looking to raise funds to take my students on a field trip with the aim of helping them to build a greater sense of belonging and trust with one another as well as with the rest of the community. With the political climate being what it is, now is as crucial a time as ever to help foster and instill love and trust within the immigrant community.
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