This is 10 year old Velentino flanked by his school counselor, Ms. Garcia and his music teacher, Ms. Ramirez.
Velentino dreams of becoming a musician and with the help of The Wish List Project, he is on his way to making that dream come true. You see Velentino and his family are currently homeless, and paying for the costs associated with music lessons is not a priority right now. Keeping their family safe and fed are their most pressing concerns. But a young boy doesn't understand the realities of his circumstances, only that music makes him happy. And we want Velentino to be happy, so we were able to rent a saxophone for him to take lessons and join the school band. His teacher says he's "a natural" and we look forward to hearing Velentino play in his upcoming recital.
TWLP Student Enrichment Grants help kids like Velentino get the support they need to succeed. Please consider making a donation to help even more kids like Velentino be the best that they can be.
This is Matthew getting measured for a tuxedo for his prom. Matthew, 18, is a senior in high school and a homeless teen in need of assistance. Despite his circumstances, Matthew is a straight A student and held a full time job at night until recently when his grades began to suffer. He found a new job closer to school but with fewer hours. This allows him to be more focused on school, but also makes it challenging to care for himself, keep himself safe, and pay for the extra things that make senior year special. Matthew enjoys basketball and reading, and tutors students at the local middle school. Matthew plans to attend CSU Sacramento as a Criminal Justice major. He'd like to go into law enforcement after that.
Thanks to generous donors, we are able to grant Matthew's wish of attending his senior prom with his girlfriend, Destiny. From the tuxedo rental to the dinner and evening photos, this is an event that he will remember for the rest of his life.
TWLP Student Grants make a difference for kids like Matthew who just want to know what it's like to be a regular kid.
This is 14 year old Briana. She is a 9th grader who enjoys art, music and football. She has four older siblings and a dog named Eva. Her favorite movie is Stand By Me and her favorite colors are red and gold. Briana says she is good at art, but not so good at reading and spelling. She plans to work on these areas. Drawing and being creative makes Briana happy and brings out the confidence she lacks in other areas of her education. When she graduates from high school, she would like to pursue a career in the arts.
Thanks to a generous donor, Briana received a complete drawing set-up including sketch pads, drawing pencils, markers, charcoal and smudging tools which are sure to help her develop the skills, confidence and enthusiasm to continue her pursuit of an arts career.
TWLP Student Enrichment Grants help kids like Briana get the support they need to succeed. Please consider making a donation today to help even more kids like Briana be the best that they can.
Miguel, 17, is a junior in high school who enjoys art and playing video games. He has two siblings and his favorite subjects are math and art. Miguel works part time after school, and in his spare time, he draws on anything he can find. Art is his passion and he'd like to take more classes when he graduates to develop his skills further.
Thanks to a kind donor, we were able to help Miguel create a portfolio of his work by providing him with a complete drawing set-up including sketch pads, drawing pencils, markers, charcoal and smudging tools. This will better prepare him when he applies for higher level classes after high school.
You can help a talented young person like Miguel too.
This is 10 year old Christian and his tutor, Christopher.
Christian is a quiet boy who loves reading Minecraft books, playing video games and hanging out with friends. He describes himself as being good at football, but not so good at math. He is struggling in math at school and needed extra help. The program he was accessing last year for that assistance is no longer available to Christian. We were able to step in and donors like you helped fund math tutoring for this young man. With ongoing support, Christian’s math skills are improving and his confidence is growing.
TWLP Student Enrichment Grants help kids like Christian get the support they need to succeed. Please consider making a donation today so we can help even more kids like Christian be the best that they can.
Victor, 14, is a 9th grader who dreams of becoming an anime artist. He is currently working on developing his own comic book, but Pokemon is still his favorite thing to draw. Victor draws everyday. It helps him relax when he's feeling anxious, and this helps him do better in all his school subjects.
Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to grant Victor's wish of receiving art supplies to help him become a better cartoonist and a better student.
Please help other young people like Victor get a head start on their dreams.
Elham, 15, is a 9th grader who would like to attend college. He loves soccer, art, dancing and music. Elham is working on his English language skills and also feels he needs to get better at math and writing. He draws at home and at school every day. Adding drawings to his schoolwork, helps him convey his meaning more clearly.
Our supporters helped grant Elham's wish of a writing journal and a sketch book. These tools are allowing him to improve his language and art skills on his path to college. Please help other high school students like Elham get the resources they need to achieve their goals.
Mark, 13, is an eighth grader who loves music, digital art and most creative things. He has two siblings and four pets, and he just happens to have autism. His favorite book is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and his favorite color is blue. Mark is musically inclined and has taught himself to play piano. Now, with a grant from The Wish List Project, he is taking weekly music lessons to learn how to read music and improve his skills. His piano instructor says Mark is "a very dedicated student with a great attitude," and mom says "music is giving Mark more self-confidence" and may very well lead to a career in music someday.
Please consider helping more young people like Mark build upon their musical talents while also gaining confidence and self-esteem.
Johnnie, 17, is an 11th grader who loves old cars, drawing and watching action movies. He also likes to help people, especially his younger brother. Due to family circumstances, Johnnie has challenges around getting to school regularly. Missing so much school has put him behind.
We provided art supplies to Johnnieso he can practice his car sketching skills during free time at school. This incentive was designed by his teacher to encourage Johnnie to get to school on a more regular basis with the goal of improving his overall grades.
According to California Dept. of Education statistics, some high schools in the Sacramento region have truancy rates as high as 91% among their student body. Opportunities to pursue interests can often coax struggling students to improve attendance, leading to better academic performance.
Please help us help even more kids like Johnnie find ways to succeed at school.
Haroon, 14, is a 9th grader whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan. This outgoing young man enjoys drawing as well as playing soccer, basketball and video games like most boys his age. Haroon has worked hard to learn to read and write in English, and he wished to develop his creative side as well. At home he had no drawing supplies, not even paper. So we provided Haroon with a drawing kit, a sketch pad and a set of professional colored markers which he carries with him everywhere he goes.
Many of us take for granted the simple act of drawing on paper, yet many students from low income families consider it a luxury they can't afford. Please help grant this simple wish for more kids like Haroon who just want to be creative.