Rosa Rameriz

My name is Rosa Ramirez and I am 16 years old.   I was born in Mexico and came to America with my mom, my aunt and my older sister when I was a baby.  My dad was already in America and we came to be with him and start a new life.  My first memories are our first apartment we lived near Gateway.  I remember my parents arguing a lot.   My father was in his wild times.  He gave my mom money but he was out lot.   My mom worked and she took care of us too.  There are five children in our family.  I have three sisters and one brother.  At home we speak Spanish and we eat Hispanic food, but we also eat American food too.  We celebrate Hispanic holidays.

I went to West Powellhurst from kindergarten to 3rd grade, then from Sacramento elementary from 3rd to 5th grade.  I went to Parkrose middle school from 6th to 7 th grade, then I went to Clearcreek middle school in Gresham from 7th to 8th grade.  I went to Gresham High School my freshman year and got kicked out.  I went back and then got kicked out again for skipping school.  I went to Reynolds and got kicked out for the same thing.  In 2010 I came to Portland International Community  School and I like the teachers.

I came to Focus on Youth in 2010 and I am learning photography.  I believe I can graduate because I have put my mind to it. I like the mentors because they are kind and they give me individual help when we are on field trips and editing our photographs on the computer.

In October 2010 I went with Focus on Youth for photo shoot to Hoyt Arboretum with the mentors and Erin, from KBOO radio.  This photograph of me was taken at Hoyt Arboretum when I was interviewing the students.  On our field trip I learned how to interview and record my classmates.  I asked the students what they were photographing and why they like photography.   I feel happy and proud that my photos and the interviews I did are on the KBOO website and the Focus on Youth facebook page.

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Focus on Youth Greeting Cards now available. You'll find more information and images by following the link.

Don't forget that we're going to be selling really beautiful cards (printed for us by our good friend Al Barreth at Digicraft) at Umpqua Bank's Beaumont-Wilshire branch starting in July. For details, please click BLOG up in the tool bar for the site.

Terrific segment broadcast on KGW NewsChannel 8 called Students Focus on Beauty. Our sincere thanks to Pat Dooris and the folks at KGW who really do care about our community and show it every day. Here's a link to take you to the segment: - Focus On Beauty.

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Visit our exhibit at the Lloyd Center Umpqua Bank from July 1st until September 30th.

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