The Importance of Being Fearless

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The following post is by Manmeet Dhami, Dream Project alum, Teach for America alum, and current Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Policy and Advocacy Fellow with the Washington State Democrats for Education Reform. She shares her experience of finder her passion and the potential of our education system. As a life-long resident of the Puget Sound… Read More


Tips for Personal Statements

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It’s that wonderful time of year again—time for Dream Project mentees to start working on those college applications and personal statements! The personal statement is a perfect opportunity for your mentees to really demonstrate who they are as a student and a unique individual. A daunting task at first, certainly. But it doesn’t have to… Read More


DP at the Dawg Dash

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By Sydney Peterson, Auburn High School Lead On Sunday, Dream Project had a handful of mentors participate in Dawg Dash. Some of them ran the 5K, others ran the 10K, but they all had an awesome time. I had the pleasure of setting up, running, and breaking down the table to promote Dream Project on… Read More


The Magic Begins: Part II

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By Michael Zhang, UW Dream Project AmeriCorps Member As I completed my first week of a real, 40-hour workweek, I couldn’t help but pause to reflect on all the things that had happened in the past month. It had been stressful, sleep depriving, and scary. My summer was filled with moving to a new place,… Read More


The Magic Begins: Part I

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By Jeremy Webb, UW Dream Project AmeriCorps Member “I have some good news and bad news. I’ll tell you the bad news first. The funding that we thought we were going to get has been cut and with that, goes your AmeriCorps position.” “Well that sucks. And the good news?” “We applied to another grant… Read More


To New Beginnings

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By Megan Whitman, Ingraham High School Lead I always wonder if people can feel the excitement. It’s in our signs and our shirts, and it’s all across campus. It’s in our leaders, reuniting in the office after a summer of internships and studying abroad. It’s in our newest staff additions and our recruitment team as… Read More


Growth, Passion, Achievement: Congratulations Class of 2013! Dream. Achieved.

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By Jenee Myers Twitchell, Dream Project Director Below is a modified version of the speech I gave at the Dream Project graduation celebration on Wednesday, June 12 in the Mary Gates Hall Commons, chronicling what I’ve seen the mentor class of 2013 achieve these past four years—with support, of course, from other amazing mentors, leaders, and staff… Read More


Coming to a Close: Part 2

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By Yen Nguyen, Dream Project AmeriCorps member It was a year ago. I had two more weeks until I graduated from college. I should have felt happy and excited to embark on a new chapter of my life, but all I could feel was a sense of dread and fear. I had no idea what I… Read More


Coming to a Close: Part 1

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By Amrita Heer, Dream Project AmeriCorps member It was Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 3:30pm in Kane 130. I had no idea, sitting in a room with 500 other incredible undergrads, that I would fall in love with everything that I was being introduced to that day. I had no idea that in a year,… Read More


Empowering Through Informing

By Lauren Martin, former high school lead at HS3 An article published in the New York Times on March 29, 2013, entitled, “A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges” detailed a not-so-surprising fact: the reason that many underprivileged kids don’t go to college is not because they are incapable or unwilling, but because… Read More