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

23 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!

Shiny Elena said...

All those quotes are amazing and inspiring! For some students study at college is an everydayness and they resort to paid essay writing service instead of fulfilling assignment. And for others education is a great chance to become better. Every day is great opportunity to become more educated, every challenge is great chance to become more intelligent. I agree with students who say that entering good institution and good study there is an investment in successful future.