Reach my Dream - Software Engineer

$2,311 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 43 people in 1 month
Hello chosen family, community, and biological family,

I'm writing you because I'm currently experiencing tremendous financial struggle and need support. It is hard to have to write this because I have been independent and self-sufficient since I was 15 years old while I was living in foster care. 

I have gone through struggles in my life and have been fortunate enough to overcome them on my own and with a little support.

I'm going through the hardest struggle in my life right now. I'm 2 1/2 months away from applying for jobs and getting work as a software engineer, a dream I have had since I was in college but never thought to achieve because I rarely, if at all, saw anyone like me, a queer woman,  immigrant, foster youth, of color in the computer science field. As you can imagine, a year and a half without income results in tremendous poverty.

For a year and a half now, I have been working hard and have sacrificed so much to reach my dream, which will help me be able to become financially independent, support myself, my community, my family - chosen and biological. 

I need to raise about $2,000 to ensure my housing, bills, and health care are met during my last 3 months of school.  Currently, I'm in danger of losing housing and my car because of back rent and unpaid tickets. I also have been taking out a lot of payday loans to make ends meet.

I love you all and know this situation is temporary but until I get a full time job in April, I'm in dire straits. Any support you can give will be greatly appreciated. 

Help me reach my dream.

So much love to you all -
Ai

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Update 3
Posted by Ai Leen
1 month ago
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Wow, I am astounded by the power of community meeting our needs. Love you all so much because of you I was able to pay my back rent and the first installment of payments to the City of Oakland. I'm increasing my goal by a few hundred dollars so I can ensure I will be able to survive the next 2 months while job hunting. So much love. An amazing bday for me!
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Update 2
Posted by Ai Leen
1 month ago
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Almost to my goal, you all - this funding will be a life line towards my rent, car and living expenses while I finish my last 2 months of coding school. I could not do this without you.
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Update 1
Posted by Ai Leen
1 month ago
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Reach my Dream - Software Engineer has reached 53% of its goal. Thanks to Dana, Erica and Mary, Lillie, Felicia, Ashley, Dagger - So much love to my community for helping me reach my dreams!
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$2,311 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 43 people in 1 month
Created February 4, 2017
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