My name is Astrid Vanessa Quiroa Medina. I’m 16 years old, I’m in 10th grade. I live with my mother and 1 sister in San Martin Jilotepeque. My mother is a saleswoman. I like to study but it´s hard for me because my mother has to work so hard. I have no father so I need support to continue in school. My favorite class is English. My goal is study hard, finish high school, and to study in college, and help my mother in the future.
Laurie is the mother of seven and grandmother to five. She is a co-founder of Yuda Bands and helped develop most of the scholarship program during the year she spent living with her family in Guatemala. Having lived in three Latin American countries her heart is very close to the students in Guatemala.