For the past four and a half years, Team DBP has been honored to work alongside community partners and supporters to help educate, inspire, and provide for over 10,000 students in need. With the help of our supporters, we have had a direct impact on children and adolescents coming from 44 different schools and organizations across 18 different cities in 4 different counties. We couldn’t be more thankful for a supportive and fun community than the one you’ve helped us build. Because of generous supporters like yourself, we have been able to expand on our vision to inspire youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.
On July 26, 2019, we had the honor of recognizing and awarding Yesenia Flores and Jessica Perez, for their community impact and academic excellence. During the 2nd Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, two highly-motivated young women each received a $1,000 scholarship to begin their academic journey in higher education, a $500 increase from last years DBP scholarships. But it’s not about the value of scholarships as much as it’s about the quality of friendships that have been made and refreshed. With the aid of some amazing people such as our community partners, sponsors, donors, team members, volunteers, and supporters, we knew we could help make an incredible experience for our 2019 scholarship recipients.
2019 DBP Scholarship Recipient Bio’s:
Jessica is a Estancia High School graduate, who maintained a 3.8 GPA, while volunteering at after-school programs and serving as a youth coordinator at Wilson Street Learning Center. Jessica arrived to the United States with her family and began her schooling in the U.S. as a first grader. She spent a large portion of time during these years to learn the English language, which she now speaks fluently. Jessica views this as a huge accomplishment because it has allowed her to overcome language barriers that she and her family would oftentimes experience. Jessica applied for DACA at the age of 16, but unfortunately was denied. Her entire family, including herself, feared being deported so it was a norm for her parents to question her ambitions and goals. Jessica did not let this prevent her from pursuing her dreams through higher education. Jessica has accepted her admission to attend University of California, Irvine where she will be majoring in Civil Engineering.
Yesenia is a Norwalk High School graduate, who maintained a 4.3 GPA, while serving as a member of the NHS Culinary Arts Pathway and NHS SkillsUSA Chapter President. She was one of two students who were selected to represent SkillsUSA at a national conference to receive the SkillsUSA Model of Excellence Award. Yesenia’s desire to pursue a higher education was bolstered by her mothers experience. Her experience in particular serves as her motivation to pursue her dreams through higher education by any means necessary. Yesenia will be attending UCLA in the fall where she will be majoring in Art with an emphasis in Photography.
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
As much as some people refuse to believe it, the company you surround yourself with inevitably has an impact and influence on the choices you make. You need to associate with people that inspire you, people who accept you for who you are, and people that will hold you accountable. Don’t use your valuable time with anyone that isn’t adding to your overall growth. Thank you to everyone who attended our 2nd annual scholarship awards ceremony. Thank you for celebrating with us and supporting the cause, but most importantly for being a community of genuine and humble friends. Because of your support, we are able to contribute to the growth and education of young lives.