April 17, 2014

A Spring Preview for 2014 – New Mentees, BBQ’s, and more!

By Melissa Galloway - Medsker

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom last week, the songbirds are out, and University of Washington students are starting their Spring quarter classes.  Are you taking part in the Dream project this quarter?  We can already tell it’s going to be an exciting Spring quarter.  Here are a couple of things to look forward to this quarter!  (Don’t forget, if you were unable to fit in the DP into your schedule, we always welcome volunteers!  It’s never too late to brighten up a high school student’s day with your support!)

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New Mentees!

College acceptance letters have gone out.  Our mentees from the last few quarters are seeing the fruits of their labors.  With many off to college next year, it’s time to get ready to help even more students go from college-is-so-impossible to college-is-so-possible.IMG_0996

The Dream Project is working with new Juniors this quarter and getting them ready for their last year of high school and developing college-bound confidence.  If you’re a mentor, keep in mind that when you’re meeting these new students, they may not have necessarily thought too much about the whole college process, applications, scholarship essays, etc.  Remember, it’s your goal to support them, not to accidentally overwhelm them with the process.  Get to know each of them, and let them get to know you!

We are lucky to have already experienced this life-changing process.  It can be extremely valuable to do some introspective analysis as you help your new mentees.  Taking one step at a time will give them better preparation and a better perspective into their futures.  And don’t forget, if you’ve mentored in the Dream Project with our 2013-14 seniors, continue to check in with them!  They’ve still got a lot to do to get ready, and you can continue to show them how exciting it can be.

What’s Next Events

What’s Next events are a collaboration of multiple College Access Organizations and schools in this region. This year, there are 12 events, with 4 located at high school campuses we partner with.

These events rely on Dream Project mentors as volunteers to support students and their families on this part of the college process, which entails updating/correcting the FAFSA, comparing financial aid award letters, registering for orientation and classes, and any other final steps students will take to enroll in college. With more participants than ever, we are excited to work with more students this year as they prepare to graduate high school!

Spring BBQ – May 2

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On May 2nd from 9:30am to 1:30pm, nearly 700 Seattle area high school juniors will be visiting the University of Washington for Spring BBQ to experience a day in the life of a college student. They will attend a lecture by some of UW’s remarkable professors, get a student-led tour of campus, and enjoy lunch on the Quad. We can’t wait to get students ready to work on their post-high school plans!

Live the Dream Scholarship Reception – May 21

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The Live the Dream Scholarship Reception will be taking place this year on Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30-8:30pm in the Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum. We are expecting about 200 guests all gathering together to honor and recognize the recipients of the 2014 Dream Project Live the Dream Scholarship. We will be joined by guest from our partner schools, community members, Dream Project Leaders (past and present), as well as former recipients of the Live the Dream Scholarship. Guests can expect to meet recipients, their families, and Dream Project mentors during our reception, which will be followed by the scholarship presentation where guest will hear from a 2014 scholarship recipient, a staff member from the University of Washington, and many more!

Dream Project Graduation – June 11

The second annual Dream Project Graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 11th, from 3:30pm-5:30pm in the Mary Gates Hall Commons. This event is a pre-commencement celebration to honor graduating seniors that have been involved with the Dream Project during their undergraduate academic career. This event recognizes the seniors’ academic accomplishments and their contributions toward actualizing the Dream Project mission of assisting low-income and first-generation high school students in attaining higher education. We are inviting families and friends as well as current Dream Project mentors and leaders to celebrate all of the accomplishments of these incredible graduating seniors!

So mark the dates, and come support the Dream Project and our students!  The sun is out, and there are so many bright futures ahead.

 

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