BCM is excited to present 8 college students with a scholarship for this upcoming fall! Here is what a few of them had to say:
“BCM has not only taught me a hard work ethic, but has taught me to do work with and for God. I consider BCM a safe place, a place that connects those within the East Palo Alto community,” said Lesley. Lesley worked in KidSmart from 2015 through 2016 and also supported summer programs. “Along with homework help, I would interact with all the students during break to get to know them personally,” she recounted. Now, Lesley studies Psychology with a minor in Communications at Stanislaus State. “I know that being a part of BCM will help me succeed in ways that I would not have been able to without this community and social support system.”
“In the 9th grade, I joined the East Palo Alto Chica Squad for the Technovation Challenge. This opportunity made me realize that many girls around me are not involved in any kind of STEM program, so I felt that I had a voice to advocate for other girls in programming,” said Rosie. Rosie’s mother attended BCM as a child and decided that she wanted both of her own children to experience what she had. “I began to participate in SAIL and as I grew older, I participated in Streetworkz every Thursday and by high school I was attending LEAD every Friday as well as joining the East Palo Alto Chica Squad for the Technovation Challenge,” said Rosie. Now, Rosie attends UC Merced and is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering. In discussing BCM’s impact on her, Rosie stated “Over the years at BCM, my eyes have been opened to a greater future for myself. Not only has BCM introduced me to my major, but BCM helped shape who I am today.”
“Seeing the impact I had on the children I worked with with helped me realize that no matter where I end up, I want to always mentor someone whether it is through an organization or individually,” said Carmen. Carmen’s involvement with BCM started in 2015 when she worked as a KidSmart intern and later returned as a KidSmart and CREATE Studios volunteer. Now, Carmen attends San Francisco State and studies Business Administration and Accounting. “Being involved with BCM has taught me to care. I have learned that helping others is not just about donating money; in fact, one of the best ways to help others is by giving them some of your time”
“BCM has created an environment that fosters spirituality without fear of judgment; attending BCM programs allowed me to discover my own relationship with God,” said Jorge. Jorge joined BCM in 2013 through the Teens n’ Tech program and then became a VBS intern and a volunteer with our Lego Robotics program. He is currently studying Business and Marketing at San Francisco State. As he evaluated how BCM helped him grow, Jorge said “I was surrounded by people who encouraged growth and presented Christianity not as a religion, but as a lifestyle. Those are the things that I would not have learned anywhere else and I know it was God who placed BCM in my path.”
BCM is honored and blessed to be able to support those seeking higher education in their academic journey. Please keep our scholars in your prayers as they return to classes this fall.
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