"I know that I can't change people's racist perceptions about all Hispanics, no that takes time, but I do know that I am where it starts."
                                                           --- Shelby Alaniz, age 16

I'm going to be honest with you, my 16-year-old niece Shelby, who is a Sophomore in high school, wasn't always the most ambitious kid. Don't get me wrong, she's always been a delightful child, but most of her life, she was just kind of Shelbying around, collecting Llamas, drinking all the chocolate milk, and reading comic books. You know what, that was all fine with us until one day in November of 2016 when Shelby got WOKE, and now she needs your help!

The Backstory
I'm not sure if I can pinpoint the event that pushed her over the edge.  However, when she wrote in her application essay to the ACLU Institute that "I've tried not to let the hopeless feeling get to me that no matter my skills or my qualifications, I will never be given a fair chance simply because of the color of my skin." I knew that this was a changed person but in a good way! 

Like with so many teens today, she is not willing to just sit there and take it anymore!  She's becoming informed. She is challenging the status quo.

She is protesting against injustice and striving to evoke empathy as a means to encourage change. 

And as senior Girl Scout, she also serves as a role model to the young girls she mentors in her troop.

ACLU Summer Intensive Program
Shelby became an avid supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, a nonprofit organization of lawyers and lobbyists dedicated to preserving our constitutional freedoms. When she found out that she had been accepted into their summer intensive training program where Shelby will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, and community activists who are working to defend civil rights, she called me crying. I must admit, I was crying too, it's an honor to be her Aunt, I'm just so proud of her!!!

The Cost
Today, Shelby's dream is to study law and become a civil rights lawyer to help make the world a better place. The experience that she will gain from the ACLU summer intensive will be the start of this fantastic journey.  Unfortunately, Shelby's family doesn't have the money to send her there, and that is why we are asking for your help. 

The summer intensive is $2,900 + airfare & travel $850 + attire $250 = $4000

We need to raise $1000 by March 9 to secure her spot.

How You Can Help
If you could support Shelby's GoFundMe by donating and then sharing it with your network, I would greatly appreciate it.

Please consider any donation amount to help Shelby? I know that money can be tight, so please know that even $5 helps her get closer to her goal!

To help get the word out, you can share this link to your Facebook Timeline!

Follow Shelby's journey to DC on Instagram  @shelbyaclusummer  #shelbyaclusummer

Thank You!
Please, let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them. 


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