Domineisha’s mentor at LA Conservation Corps, saw something in her story. Aguilar
was the one who helped Domineisha transition out of the Corps, apply for college,
get an internship, and prepare for living in the real world without Corps support.
Augilar posted Domineisha’s story on YouthSpark on GlobalGiving
Aguilar set the project goal at $1,000, the equivalent of Domineisha’s wages during
Domineisha's story resonated with so many donors that the project raised three times
more than its $1,000 goal.
“When I saw Domineisha’s story, I felt like I knew her,” said Kristeen Kohr, a technology
specialist at Microsoft who works in sales out of the New York City office. Kohr
saw Domineisha’s story via a Microsoft social media channel. Kohr grew up in the
Bronx, where she “saw a lot of people who didn’t stand a chance because of their
circumstances.” Kohr was the first person in her family to go to college and hold
down a steady job.
“You can’t give to every cause,” said Kohr. “I want to donate to people who don’t
have the means to get started in their lives.”
“I can’t believe—that so many people could believe in me—even strangers,” Domineisha
said. The internship will be her first experience with a job that isn’t paid by
the hour. She wants to show kids like her, in her neighborhood, that there is a
way out. “If I can do it, any of us can.”
“I am so proud of her,” said her mom. “We all are.”