Great times at Summer@Brown!

Cristian is a hard-working mathematician attending a summer program at Brown University to learn higher-level math. Read about number theory, futbol, and the elusive “BroSquad” below:

My first day of Summer@Brown went fairly well. After our orientation, we met up with the people in our dorm floors and our R.A and had dinner. My floor is the Jameson floor; “The BroSquad” is pictured below.


I had my first day of Number Theory in the morning the next day and it was pretty challenging, but also interesting. The teacher made it clear that we were to mostly learn from each other, with short lectures at times. The fact that, for the majority of class, we learn by discussing the problems in groups is surprising. This implies that we will instruct one another and learn from one another without teachers or textbooks, although we will also get stuck on certain problems. Eventually, the teacher provides a solution or solutions to the problems we’re interested in or stuck on.

With FIFA World Cup 2014 occurring this summer, we had the option to watch the exciting games or play the sport ourselves. Overall, my first two days were relaxing.  The friendliness of the students in the program combined with their intelligence is also surprising. Although Brown is an open campus, the campus is generally peaceful.

-Blog post by Martinique, Summer Intern

Great Experiences at Skidmore!

Mirelly is a budding writer/poetess improving her craft at Skidmore College’s Pre-College Program. Read the beginning of her writing adventure below!

My first day at the Skidmore Pre-College program was one of pure fascination. I discovered that there were several people from New York City along with me! The people here at Skidmore are very kind and I instantly made friends. Today was not the first day of classes; all we were required to do was attend orientation. We had our first dinner this evening and it went by swiftly.  

After dinner, my new friends and I enjoyed talking about our experiences back home and how we got to the program. My first day at Skidmore was amazing. One thing that surprised me was how close all of us really are and how small this world really is. Even if none of us live near each other, the amount of hobbies and activities we all share have made us much closer than we would have expected and, of course, brought us together.


Blog post by Martinique, Wishbone Intern

Kicking Off the Summer with Food, Stories, and Fun

Last week, Wishbone students met with Wishbone’s staff and Board to share their experiences and perspectives. The students shared their passions, their motivations for applying to Wishbone, and their excitement for their upcoming programs. 

Julissa expressed nervous excitement for her Georgetown Medical Institute program, which she wants to attend to gain more experience in the medical field. Edmond will also be attending a different session of the Georgetown Medical Institute to pursue medicine as well. Sandra is also taking off to the East Coast later this summer to attend a criminal justice and forensics program at the College of Saint Rose and pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. Octavio will attend Brown University’s summer program to learn programming, where he will get a sense of college life even though he just finished 9th grade! Staying closer to home, although no less adventurous, Janely is pursuing web design and digital photography at iD Tech Camp on the campus of UC Berkeley.

These stories were shared over a delicious lunch, as well as an honest discussion about the Wishbone application process and ways it can be improved.

We’re so excited to send off all of the amazing Wishbone students to amazing opportunities this summer!

- Martinique, Wishbone Summer Intern

Wishbone alum, Anthony, recently published an article about his campaign to curb school bullying. 

Anthony’s leadership extends beyond this initiative. He is also in his third year as a leader in the NYPD Explorers Program, and has risen to the rank of Explorer Lieutenant. He’s received tremendous accolades for his performance in this program, including Explorer of the Year in 2013.

Anthony’s participation in the NYPD program is part of his career goal of becoming the first Hispanic NYPD Chief of Department and the first Hispanic Police Commissioner for the NYPD.  

Anthony attended Honor Code! US Military Camp at West Point through Wishbone.

Wishbone Student Receives Full-Ride Scholarship to UCLA Summer Design Program

Sarahi is an 11th grader from San Mateo, who applied to Wishbone to pursue her interest in sewing and design. We were struck by Sarahi’s description of her passion:

“People listen to music, go running, sing, and dance to make them feel whole. Call me odd, but my escape from reality is sewing. On a teenage girl’s birthday she would usually ask for the latest thing at school; I asked for my best friend, my sewing machine… My passion is creating something beautiful from something someone failed to realize as beautiful due to simply being blinded by society’s definition of beauty. I was once that ugly piece of cloth; it took one person to see potential in me. I now express seeing potential in what seems out of the ordinary through my creativity.”


This summer, Sarahi will attend the UCLA Design Media Arts Summer Institute to immerse herself in technology-based design and media, giving her the opportunity to expand her skills and creativity by using state-of-the-art technology and media.

We weren’t the only ones impressed by Sarahi’s story; The Department of Design and Media Arts at UCLA selected Sarahi as the recipient of their 2014 Summer Institute Scholarship, which is a full-ride scholarship to the summer program.

Sarahi is a participant of the RisingLeaders mentorship program, a wonderful program that pairs young professionals with high school students to help build professional and life skills. Sarahi’s RisingLeaders mentors, Pamela and Min, have been by her side throughout the process of applying to Wishbone and UCLA. Pamela shared with us,

“Sarahi inspires me and I can see that she is turning into a mature, driven, and resourceful young woman. Sarahi grew up in a single family home and went through a lot of challenges growing up…Through these experiences, she developed a stronger introspectiveness about herself…Her self-drive will continue to push her to pursue opportunities like this and make the most out of them.”

Congratulations Sarahi! We’re looking forward to hearing about the exciting summer ahead!

Congratulations to the Wishbone Class of 2014!

This spring, Wishbone high school seniors are sharing great news about their plans for the fall: COLLEGE!!! In the fall, our students are headed to top institutions across the country to continue their education and follow their passions.

Liysah is attending Daemon College as a scholarship student, where she will continue to pursue her dream of becoming a trauma surgeon.

“I want to thank Wishbone again for supporting me last summer in attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The program opened my eyes to the world of medicine and the impact it makes on lives.”

Luis is attending Columbia University. He is a Kluge Scholar and recipient of the Menlo Park Rotary Award in Calculus BC.

“Taking AP biology last summer at UC Berkeley helped solidify my notion that I want to pursue a career in biology and ultimately go to medical school.”

Christina is attending Pomona College and received the National Achievement Scholarship and Society of Women Engineers Scholarship.

“My experience at COSMOS summer program played a huge role in influencing my career choice. I had fun and learned so much in a real college setting when I was just 15 years old. It definitely inspired me to continue doing well in school and made college seem like such a wonderful experience. I am now happily on my way to a four-year private college. Thank you so much Wishbone!!!”

Victor is attending UC Riverside.

“Getting the scholarship from Wishbone to attend LEAD Computer Science has allowed me to learn more technical skills that are required for a Computer Science major and thus allowed be to purse it as a major in college.” 

Aldina is attending St. John’s University

“Wishbone has allowed me to explore my interests in ways I did not think was possible. I learned about my passions and I was able to elaborate them even more. I know that I want to pursue a career in medicine and Wishbone finalized my decision to do so. I will continue to follow my passions because I know that will bring me a lot of happiness and success for my future.”

On May 4, Wishbone celebrated its first college graduate ever! Sandra Davidson, one of our first seven Wishbone students from Locke High School in South Central, Los Angeles, graduated from Bennett College.

Sandra was accepted and will be attending the University of South Carolina Masters of Social Work advanced standing program, which is a 1-year program with a concentration on non- profit leadership. Sandra also has the opportunity to attend USC’s law program as a dual degree.

Congratulations, Sandra. We are so proud of you!

Wishbone Advocate: Miriam Magana

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!

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Wishbone is a new non-profit sending low-income high school students to after school and summer programs.