Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Reason Behind The Shine Project

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"College is a great way to get a solid eduaction and explore the real world."-Zach

"I'll be the first one leaving the indian reservation to go to college, and the first one in my family." -Augie

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"I want to help make a difference in the world, and college is a step that I need to do that. It's a step up in life. I want to be a therapist so I can help others." -Alexis

"I like making people feel better about themselves, which is why I want to go to cosmotology school." -Cece

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"I'll be the first one in my family to go to college." -Keven

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"Education is important, you need it in life. Without a scholarship it's too expensive, and this scholarship will give us an opportunity." -Todd

"As an African American it's harder for us to go to college. This is a great opportunity." -JayJay

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"This scholarship would give me the chance to do something." -Chris

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I wanted to introduce you to some of the seniors at Cesar Chavez High School. They are my heroes. They motivate me to do what I do, and to work as hard as possible so they can be given more opportunities to succeed in their lives. Their stories are incredible. I have never met a group of people that have the ability to rise above adversity like they do. Spending time with them reminds me that this is all worth it. I would give them the world if I could. Since I can't, I will dedicate my life to creating a world for them that's full of possibilities. I am grateful for these kids.

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If you want to pledge to have a Change4Change jar or donate items to the silent auction in October, send an email to ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com

22 comments:

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

What you do is amazing. Those students are blessed to have you on their side. I hope that you exceed your goals for the project because it is truly a good cause.

FAB said...

Wow! What amazing kids! I love that there are people like you out there whi care and want to make a difference! That, from my perspective, is the meaning of life!
Cheryl

Holly said...

Thanks for sharing this....it's really helpful to know that people who are raising money for a good cause are actually putting that money to good use!! :)

jaimie michelle said...

I love this post! It's so inspiring to get a glimpse into the people you're helping. I got my SHINE necklace last night and am so excited about it! And I blogged about it, obviously! (http://jaimiehart.blogspot.com/2011/08/twentythree.html) Thank you so much Ashley!

Jaimie

Whitney & Devin said...

Ashley that is so amazing! Its people like you that CAN change the world!

www.devinandwhitney.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Thanks for posting this...made me cry a little!

Nicole said...

Ashley you are so awesome...just thought you should know:)

Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} said...

I'm so glad you emailed this over to me. I love it! Thanks for sharing those students. Next time you see them, give them all my Luxe love in the world!

www.luxeboulevard.blogspot.com

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Aww I just LOVE this!!! You're making such a difference in these kids lives!! :)

Kelly_Deal said...

Amazing and inspiring!
Kelly

melody-mae said...

so Awesome Ashley! I am so exited to be a part of the jar project! :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

my heart is so full of joy! you are an inspiration :)
Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)

Emily said...

This is so inspirational, you are truly an amazing girl!

xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Touching, Ashley! W're doing great things by raising the funds!

Jennifer said...

I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award because I love reading your blog and I think others should too! http://whtsmnisyrs.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-first-award.html

Sarah Nicole said...

Thanks for sharing this. Definitely gives me that extra motivation.

Amanda said...

this is really touching. i love what you are doing and it also gives me motivation as well. :)

erin.marie said...

This is so inspiring! So happy to be able to help.

Erin
www.simplyjustlovelyblog.com

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

So amazing! Good for them! Good for you! :)

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

Wow.. what a beautiful post!

diana said...

all those quotes make my heart swell!
what an exciting time!

Betsy said...

So I know I just left you a comment. But I keep reading your blog and I'm all teary and so excited for you and what you're doing with this project. I'm pretty sure I could rant and rave about education and opportunities for urban youth and the achievement gap and nonprofits, but you probably already hear a ton about all of that. So anyway...just wanted to say again that I think what you're doing is great!