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UW Dream Project

May 5, 2017

Winter/Spring Events Prove Successful

Alumni & Mentor Mixer

By Dream Project AmeriCorps

Last year, Dream Project’s AmeriCorps members organized a social engagement event called Dream Project Prom as a way to show our mentors and interns appreciation for their contributions to the program. The event consisted of a photo booth, dancing, and light refreshments. This year’s prom featured similar activities, but a broader audience and goals. AmeriCorps members Emily Murphy and Anh Huynh collaborated with a handful of student leaders in expanding the Prom to include more of the program’s alumni, culminating in what’s called “Dream Project Alumni and Mentor Mixer.”

Prom 1

Mentors and alumni mingling on the dance floor

A group of mentors and alumni posing for the photo booth

A group of mentors and alumni posing for the photo booth

Although this was the first time that Dream Project’s alumni had been formally invited to an event organized by the program, they made up about one third of the Mixer. The event turned out to be a success, with everyone excited and engaged, whether it was on the dance floor, by the game stations, or at the photo booth. In addition to offering current and former mentors an avenue to network with each other and make valuable connections, the Mixer also strengthened alumni’s commitment to staying involved with Dream Project and its future initiatives. We’re hopeful that the Mixer served as a great starting point in fostering a strong community for the program for years to come.

Spring BBQ

By Morgan Lantz and Megan Weekley, Event Leads

This year’s Spring BBQ event was a huge success! Dream Project hosted over 500 mentees on the UW campus. Students not only went on the customary campus tour with Dream Project mentors, but also experienced a fun and informative lunch at UW’s Intellectual House. At lunch Dream Project brought in a new component this year with the addition of student panelists from the office of Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment (MOR). These panelists discussed topics like the transition from high school to college and their own personal college experiences. In addition to the tour and lunch, students also attended a mock lecture from UW professors who were generous enough to donate their time. These lectures were on a myriad of different subjects from statistics to feminism. Students and mentors alike enjoyed the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time talking about college outside of our regular visit times.

Students and mentors at the Washington Statue on campus during SBBQ

Students and mentors at the Washington Statue on campus during SBBQ