UW Dream Project

How does Dream Project work?

Dream Project mentors meet three times a week — once as an entire class, once by high school groups (both are part of the UW course) and once with their high school group at their assigned high school to work with the students.

The UW classroom

Students in the course will focus their readings and discussions around social justice, empowerment and the relationship between the two. The second area will concentrate on questions related to civil society. Discussions will examine questions of poverty and inequality, class disparities, social dimensions (race, ethnicity, class, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation and family structure), the role of historical oppression, individual versus structural explanations for poverty, and solution-focused and strengths-based perspectives for upward mobility. The academic theoretical approach of the class will focus on the relationship between educational opportunity and social mobility and the relationship between volunteerism and civic engagement. The Dream Project marries the understanding that one has of educational opportunity and social mobility to the experiential learning that one receives from their work in the high schools.

University course credit

Since the Dream Project is a UW course as well as an outreach program, participating students can receive up to two credits per quarter. * Students receive one credit for the lecture and one credit for the high school visit. To learn more about these options, visit us in Mary Gates Hall room 274 M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At the high school

Each week, Dream Project students will meet with the high school students to work on that week’s focus area. Depending on the school, these meetings may occur multiple times during the week. The goal is to provide as much access as the students need. In general, the yearly schedule is as follows:

Spring of junior year of high school

  • Acquire new cohort of students and meet students
  • Conduct new parent orientation meetings
  • Make sure students have taken the necessary classes for college admission
  • Make sure students are participating in extra-curricular activities
  • Choose some college possibilities
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT tests
  • Find and research scholarships
  • Brainstorm personal statement topics.


  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT tests
  • Take an SAT/ACT prep class from EAN
  • Visit prospective colleges

Fall of senior year

  • Choose the colleges students will apply to
  • Gather necessary information and materials for each application
  • Write personal statement(s) or essay(s)
  • Complete other written sections (short responses, activity lists, etc.)
  • Submit college applications
  • Start submitting scholarship applications
  • Complete and submit financial aid applications

Winter/Spring of senior year

  • Finish submitting applications to other colleges
  • Continue submitting scholarship applications
  • Accept offer of admission to the college of choice
  • Accept financial aid awards
  • Figure out how to pay for other expenses
  • Learn about and choose a housing option