One of the first Wishbone students to be funded this year is Maggie, a 10th grader from East Palo Alto, who will be attending Nike Volleyball Camp at San Jose State University this summer. (VIEW HER CAMPAIGN HERE)
Wishbone advocate Miriam Magana (left) and Wishbone student Maggie (left)
Maggie’s campaign was funded in a few short weeks, thanks to the generosity of many individuals who donated to her campaign. Behind the success of Maggie’s campaign is her Wishbone advocate, Miriam Magana, who spearheaded Maggie’s Wishbone campaign by spreading the word about Maggie’s drive and passion.
Miriam works in the community where she grew up: East Palo Alto, where she works for the 49ers Academy and as a mentor for iLife, a nonprofit organization that supports the academic success of high school students in East Palo Alto. Every day, she works with these incredible students to help them succeed in high school and toward college.
We were inspired by her story:
As soon as I heard about Wishbone, I was excited for my students. I was given a similar opportunity when I was in middle school, living in East Palo Alto. I participated in a program at Stanford University, where I learned about different career options in science. There, I was exposed to so much more science than I had ever before been exposed to in school. And, I got to experience what college life was like. So in just that one program, I gained a lot of exposure in the science field, and also a glimpse into my own future. This was the first time I saw myself actually going to college. I ended up going to Bryn Mawr College on full scholarship. And it was really thanks to these opportunities and the support of my school and teachers that enabled me to succeed.
This is what Wishbone provides, and it is able to provide this to so many more deserving students.
I immediately encouraged one of my students, Maggie, to apply to Wishbone. I’ve always known she loves volleyball, and has been wanting to build her skills in preparation for her high school tryouts. Unlike her affluent peers at Menlo Atherton High School, who have been training in club volleyball for years, Maggie has not had the opportunity to train very much. She knew she really needed to improve over the summer, but did not have the financial resources to do anything about it. Had it not been for Wishbone, she would not have an opportunity to attend a rigorous volleyball camp like Nike Volleyball Camp.
When Maggie got accepted to Wishbone, she was so excited. I’ve already noticed that she is more committed and responsible. She is on top of all of the requirements for participating, and she wants to make sure she follows-through. Her enthusiasm is incredible.
I shared Maggie’s Wishbone campaign with all of my co-workers at the 49ers Academy, where Maggie used to attend middle school. I also shared it on my Facebook page and the 49ers Academy Facebook page. Teachers were sharing with other teachers and friends were sharing with other friends. Everyone was so excited for Maggie. I was surprised with how quickly she was funded! But that’s the way the 49ers Academy is. Teachers really care about Maggie and about all of their students. I knew she was going to get funded, and she did!
Congratulations to Miriam and Maggie, and we can’t wait to hear about her experience at volleyball camp!