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Help fund young Chicana's education

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Hola, my name is Sarita! I am 13 year old accomplished Chicana poet, artist, community activist and aspiring Broadway star! My familia and I are from Albuquerque, NM. My community is what gives me inspiration for my art and activism. Coming from one of the poorest states in the nation, my education is very important for me to succeed. I applied last spring to attend one of Albuquerque's most prestigious college preparatory schools, Bosque School, for the 2018-2019 school year. I am so very proud to say that I was accepted! Plus, I was awarded a financial aid scholarship worth $18,000 of the $23,100 yearly tuition. This left my family with having to pay the remaining balance of $5,100.  So far, my amazing community has helped me raise $1,600, which leaves $3,500 left for my tuition for the year. I know that this is not a large amount of money to some people, but for my family this is a big sacrifice. To help, I am trying to book features for me to perform my poetry and lead writing workshops within my community. I have big dreams of using my art and activism to make a positive impact within our world, but without a quality education this might not be possible for me. I have added my bio so you can get to know me a little more. Please consider donating to my campaign for my education. Who knows, you might be funding a future president of the USA!!!


Sarita, is a 13 year old Performance Poet from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Writing her first poem when she was in the second grade, Sarita is one of the youngest writers in the Albuquerque poetry community. Her poetry reflects her love of her community and passion for her culture. She has been published in various anthologies including Kids With Causes: A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and Las Palabras: Mothers and Daughters (Swimming With Elephants Publications). She has self-published a chapbook titled Solita: Ancestors, Familia, y Mi Corazon and in 2016 published Burquenita (Swimming With Elephants Publications). Sarita was a featured speaker at Albuquerque TEDxYouth 2015, speaking on the role poetry plays in her life and her community. In April of 2016, Sarita,11, and Elena Medina,12, had the honor of being asked by the US Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, to perform with him at the ceremony for the ending/reinstating of his Laureateship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. In July of 2016, Sarita was awarded the AHCC 2016 President’s Award for her accomplishments in poetry locally and nationally by the president of The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. Sarita was featured in New Mexico Kids Magazine Jan/Feb 2017 issue, for using her poetry to help her community. Sarita is also a youth activist that has been invited to recite her poetry at the 2017 Santa Fe Women’s March and at the 2018 Albuquerque March or Our Lives. Sarita has also shared the stage with many amazing poets including poetry duo Sister Outsider (Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina), Albuquerque Poets Laureate Hakim Bellamy, Jessica Helen Lopez and Manuel González. New Mexico State Centennial Poet Levi Romero, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Jimmy Santiago Baca,US Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera  and many others from Albuquerque’s vibrant poetry community.
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