4th Annual Vamos! Scholarship

$5,524 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 10 months
Created August 23, 2018
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Welcome Friends and Community to the 4th Annual Vamos! Scholarship  Crowdfunding Campaign!

We depend on you to make it successful! Because it’s your action with your donation that will help us get there: to achieve our goal. 

To reach $5,000 in 30 days by September 30th, 2018.


Scholarship for brilliant Hispanic students in our community. Let's change lives, let's #dogood!

WHY? Because we all need a helping hand, at some point in our lives, and because we believe in karma, and we must do good with what God gives us.

The only expense we have to pay for, is the GoFundme Commission for transferring the money donated directly to the District 112 Foundation, which is about 3.5% of the total donations.  Other expenses are covered by our generous Sponsors or our money :)

WHO ARE THE RECIPIENTS? 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Hispanic students in the School District 112 in Carver County Area.

Together, we can continue empowering color communities to achieve their full potential through education in College. 

For the 4th time, we have partnered with the District 112 Foundation who is our Fiscal Agent. All donations are tax deductible. We operate as Volunteers 100%, so all the money goes to this worthy cause! 

The School District 112 will help us disburse all the funds to the students thru the school system.

2015-2,300 were raised. 
2016-$5,000 were raised.
2017-$5,300 were raised.

Last year five (5) x $1,000 scholarships were distributed to five brilliant Senior students from Chaska High School, MN.

To apply for these scholarships, the students are asked to write a brief essay, sharing how this money will enable them to accomplish their goals. 

We also, consider other factors such as, academic excellence, community involvement, their personal stories and how they would like to give back to their community as professionals.

We have read their stories and we realize that many of these young students need to be reassured they can do whatever they set their mind, time and energy.


Simply put, it will help create more entrepreneurs & qualified professionals for good companies, it will empower more people to take part of the business life, political life and to create a better community, safer for all of us and our children.

The students who will receive the scholarships, are very hard working talented students, who need a hand to make their dreams come true. Despite many challenges, I see this beautiful land and it’s community, being able to create opportunity equally for all, a community where people from different backgrounds, color, religion, and ideas can live together, work together, create together, innovate together for a better society. 

Truth is, we ALL needed some help at some point in our lives, now it’s our time to give back and let these brilliant students know we believe in them, we are there with them, because everything starts with a dream.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Absolutely! we have partnered with the District 112 Foundation and they are a 501(c)3 Non-for-profit. All donations are tax deductible.

Are you in? Yes? GREAT! what do you need to do? 

It’s very easy. 


1. Look at the donations and their rewards below, select the one that fits your wallet and your heart and donate TODAY! Do not wait, do it now! So we can continue building momentum! This fundraiser will end on Sep 30th 2018.

2. Share this crowdfunding campaign with the world! people you care about, all friends, family, coworkers, anyone you know! Use hashtag #VamosMN

Want to check out the 2018 3rd Annual Vamos! Scholarship Fundraiser recap?

Who is behind this initiative to help close the #Educational Gap and why are we doing it?

Hello, my name is Juan LLerena. I am a Waconia resident. I have been living in Carver County for 18 years with my wife Guisela and our 2 daughters Gabriela (16) and Bianca (14). 

As a family we have a passion for volunteering, social business and a great interest for social projects that have an impact in multicultural relations. 

I believe that working together with the community as a whole, we all can build a better place to live for everyone, by sharing our experiencies, where everyone benefits from the different flavors, colors, sounds and points of view we all bring with our very own diversity.

Our vision is to empower minority communities to close the achievement gap in education, gender, income and business. We can achieve this by educating our communities and educating our children. I am a proud Latino and Hispanic!

Of course, we have many friends, donors and supporters who help us make this vision a reality, without them this simply wouldn't happen.


Feel free to contact me should you have any questions, or if you want to contribute as a volunteer. 

We are looking for Sponsors NOW! Are you a business owner? let's partner together, you will get some buzz for your business and great positive press and we will be able to help the youth. Contact me at jllbmedia@gmail.com if you would like to join this cause.

What does the word Vamos! mean?
Vamos! It is a Spanish word used as an expression meaning:
♡ Come on!
♡ Yes you can!
♡ You can do it!
♡ Si se puede!

User hashtag #VamosMN in all your Facebook or Instagram shares or tweets. 

Sponsors Line-up

The business below recognize the importance to give back, support their communities and are active agents of positive change. These business invest in people, and long term education. Thank you!

Divas Fair Trade Fashion Accessories (Fair Trade) 

Mackenthun's Fine Foods - Waconia MN 

Fair Trade Organic Certified Lucky Chango Specialty Coffee (MN Made) 

JLLB Media Marketing & Digital Services 

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Great news! We wanted to share very exciting news with everyone.

After yesterday's Fair Trade Global Market fundraiser at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church we were able to surpassed the $5,000 fundraising goal.

This means we will be able to grant five $1,000 scholarships via the Vamos! Scholarship program to 5 Latino students going into college in Carver County.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and invested in education with this program.

This is proof that when we work Together United we can accomplish great things that will benefit our local communities, including and benefiting Everyone in the long run.

This year has been a challenging road with all the negativity targeting specific groups; yet we have been able to keep focus in the positive discussion of reaching across the table and building bridges.

On the bright side, we have been able to meet more new friends, build new relationships and reaffirmed partnerships.

We are already exploring opportunities to make this Scholarship program sustainable in the next decades, forming new leaders and encouraging more students pursue higher education.

Thank you to everyone who invested some money into this cause, for sharing this initiative with your friends and family, for getting involved with your business, for facilitating a place to meet and fundraise and/or for donating your time.

Your monetary support and words of encouragement mean a lot to a lot of people, specially our youth.

You are helping make this place a better place for all.

¡Vamos! Come on!
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You can get your Holiday Shopping done and support the Vamos! Scholarship Program.

Join us at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, MN:

- Sat, Nov 17 10 am - 6 pm
- Sun, Nov 18 9 am - 1 pm

Learn more about Fair Trade with a new event "Fair Trade Conversation" on Sat, Nov 17 at 4:30 pm.

Learn more about Fair Trade. Listen to positive stories that empower people to live a better life. Bring a friend.

What is Fair Trade? Learn more here:


When you give Fair Trade gifts you make a difference in the world for many women producers who are providing for their children and family.

Empowering women helps fight against human trafficking and domestic balance.

Sale benefits Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis to continue creating opportunities in the Candem neighborhood and also the Vamos! Scholarship program to empower Latino/Hispanic students go to college to help close the educational gap.

#VamosMN #VamosChallenge
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Gratitude to all who came and supported our Pancake & Sausage breakfast yesterday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Carver, MN.

We had a successful event and raised $637.00 which 100% goes to fund the Vamos! Scholarship program.

We are right above the $4,200 mark and we hope we will reach our goal of $5,000 this year.

Many people to thank you:

* Mackenthun's Fine Foods for donating all the delicious food served. They are a great local business who gives back to the community in tremendous amounts.

* St Nicholas Catholic Church for facilitating the space and helping us promote, so we have a place to host this fundraiser.

* Gracias Mil to our volunteers this year: Mary and Guadalupe.

All and all, this event and the Vamos! Scholarship are giving us the opportunity to impact great individuals to further their education in college, but also an opportunity to educate and talk with people in the community, businesses and organizations about equity and equality and what we can do, within our role and power to make a positive impact in the communities we live, work, study or serve.

Because all of you, the world is a better place today than it was yesterday.


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You are invited at the Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Fundraiser for the Vamos! Scholarship program.

Cost: Volunteer Donation.

Sunday Oct 21, 2018.
Time: 8 am - noon at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Carver MN


412 W 4th Street 
Carver, Minnesota  55315

Support our Sponsor Mackenthun's Fine Foods in Waconia MN (mackenthuns.com)

All food donated by Mackenthun's Fine Foods.
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Raised by 18 people in 10 months
Created August 23, 2018
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