On Sunday, November 8, 2015, several members of the U12 BUSC Academy hosted a garage sale fundraiser. For us, Kevin Aguilar, Jayden Albarran, and Mario Valdez, it was a leadership project to raise $250 for St. Jude’s Hospital. We felt it was successful because we beat our goal and raised $320!

Our idea for this project came during our first leadership meeting where we decided that we would host a garage sale at Jayden’s house. Then we told our teammates about our project. And some of them were so generous, that they also joined in with donated goods.  When we first opened, we all were working hard by telling each interested person the costs. We were doing well until 11:30 when it started to rain. So, we quickly set up canopies over the clothes, the living room/kitchen items, and the books to keep them dry. Then, it started to pour more rain, and we were worried it would impact our sales. Afterwards, we stayed out there, but little by little, people were coming to buy things. When we finished packing everything up, we counted our money, and it was a total of $320 dollars.

From this experience, we learned that if you believe you can do it, then you can. That’s because nothing is impossible. We also learned to believe in yourself because if you don’t think you can do it, it brings your whole body and mind down. Lastly, this helped us become better leaders because it built our confidence by having us talk to people we didn’t know.

Jayden Albarran, Mario Valez, & Kevin Acquilar

U12 BUSC Academy