Redwood Forest Trip for DREAMers (Immigrant HS Students) by Vida Pascual, YES Prep Gulfton verified non-profit

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Launched Feb 13, 2017
Ends Apr 20, 2017
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Category: Field Trip
Class Size: 12
Grade: 10th 

I am honored to work for YES Prep Public Schools, a public charter school system committed to serving students of low socioeconomic backgrounds.  Our school system prides itself on many accomplishments, including the following:

1. 100% of graduating seniors are accepted to college

2. 93% of alumni matriculate to college within one year of high school graduation

3. 73% of alumni are currently enrolled in college or have already earned their degree (6 times the national average for low-income students).

As an educator, I hold the great privilege of empowering my students to rise above the discrimination, stereotypes, and low standards that have been placed on minority students.  About 95% of the student population at my campus is Hispanic.  They all have incredible stories of how they and their families immigrated to America from all over the world- including Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Honduras, and Guatemala.  Due to the highly politicized climate of our nation, many of my students are worried that everything they've been working so hard for may be taken away from them at any moment, either because they are undocumented or because their parents are undocumented.  Though they want the chance to succeed academically and be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, the message that my students have received from the media and from certain politicians and their supporters is that they do not belong here; that they must return to where they came from because they are not welcome here.

With these funds, I plan to dismantle any fears that my students have about belonging in this country. I, along with a couple of my colleagues, will bring a group of about 10 students on a trip to enjoy the California Redwood Coast so that they can experience the beauty of our country firsthand. We will be camping in the Redwood Forest, partaking in a whale watch, enjoying a tide pool exploration, and doing some light hiking. We will camp in various state parks along the way and drive the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway. Originally, we were planning on going to the Grand Canyon, but due to a lack of camping space availability, we’ve decided to visit another national treasure and save the Grand Canyon for another time. By reconnecting with nature, and experiencing one of the most beautiful places that our country has to offer, my hope is that my students will learn to feed their dreams rather than their fears. I want my students to experience all that our beautiful country has to offer, regardless of their citizenship status.  The purpose of this trip is to empower my students to pursue happiness, even (perhaps especially) in the face of adversity and hate.  My students have the right to dream and more importantly the right to pursue their dreams.

Please stand in solidarity with my students by making a donation.  Your monetary support will go a long way in restoring the faith and hope that my students have in our country and in humanity.  


Thank you very much for your time and consideration,

A Humble Educator 

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal my students will find other ways to fund the transportation of the trip.  We will also consider travelling by car instead of by plane.

Vida Pascual

Freshman Seminar Teacher, YES Prep Gulfton

My name is Vida Pascual and I am a 2nd year Special Education teacher at a college prep charter school, YES Prep West. I consider myself privileged to be able to work with some of the most dedicated, hard-working, ambitious students everyday. As a teacher, I believe that beyond providing my students with a quality education, I am also responsible for empowering them to become global citizens who contribute to their community. Here is some information about our school population to give you a better idea of my work:

90% of our students are first-generation college bound

80% of our students are economically disadvantaged

95% of our students are Hispanic or African American

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Thank You for All of Your Support! <3

March 30, 2017

Hello Everyone!


On behalf of the DREAMers, I'd like to thank all of you for your overwhelming generosity and support!  Thanks to all of you, we've met our goal!  I just want to take the time to provide all of you with a couple of updates.


1. If you watched the video featuring Claudia and Adalberto, you know that our original plan was to camp in the Grand Canyon.  We've had a change of plans due to the lack of camping space there, but we're excited to announce that we will now be camping in California's beautiful Redwood forest!

2. We set up this online campaign mainly to cover the cost of transportation, but we are also engaging in many other fundraising efforts.  The cost of the trip per student is about $1000 so we are hoping to surpass our online goal. 


I wanted to ask all of you for your continued support by sharing the DREAMers campaign with anyone that you feel would be willing to make a donation.  We our hoping to surpass our goal of $1000 by at least $500.  Of course if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me!


With Gratitude,


Vida Pascual

YES Prep Gulfton DREAMers Club Advisor

(808) 398-0917

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Tim Klusener
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Teresa Ryerson March 25, 2017

Have a wonderful trip and enjoy seeing the beauty of the country that is yours. Remember that there are many of us out here that support you. Be strong, be brave and remember that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice".

Tim Klusener February 27, 2017

Gealsey Cruz is a former student of mine and I will gladly support her for this trip.

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