5Point Dream Project helps students do big things
The 5Point Film Festival does more than offer four days of fun in Carbondale — it gives back to the community’s youth.
Each year, high school students from Aspen to Parachute are given the chance to apply to 5Point’s Dream Project, a scholarship program that gives $1,500 to five winning students to help them achieve their dreams.
This year, one Colorado Rocky Mountain School student and four Basalt High School students were selected.
Bautista, a sophomore at Basalt High School, has been an active participant in her school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) since her freshman year. Her dream is to create a safe environment at her school for the LGBT community and its allies, and she hopes to take a step in achieving that by putting on a valley-wide dance to establish gay and straight alliances among local high schools.
Cote, a sophomore at Basalt High School, is an aspiring filmmaker whose dream is to use film to inspire and educate his audience about what it means to be part of a community. He’ll use his scholarship money to create a short film that will be shot in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Lara, a sophomore at Basalt High School, will be creating and managing a local website that will serve as a resource for undocumented students who hope to gain citizenship through the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). Lara herself is an undocumented student, and while she still has a couple years before she needs to start worrying about college, she knows the process of getting a degree will be trying for her.
“I am an undocumented student, and it’s been very difficult for me,” she said. “I’m only a sophomore, but some scholarships, I know I won’t be able to apply. I know how hard it is for someone undocumented to be here, and I just wanted to help others.”
Sosa, a freshman at Basalt High School, dreams of creating an inspirational peace garden at his school. He wants to create a space where students can come to relax during an otherwise hectic, stressful day in classes.
Steel is a junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and ever since she was a young girl, it’s been her dream to travel to Nepal. With her scholarship, she’ll finally be able to make that dream come true.
She plans on going to Nepal to teach English to children in an orphanage, and she’ll also pursue her passions in backpacking and photography when she takes a day trip to Mount Everest’s base camp.
“My family and I started sponsoring a girl in Nepal when I was young,” she said. “I’ve been wanting to go to Nepal since I was little.”
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