Dream Project

Dream Project Reflections


January 23, 2018

Stories: A part of the Dream Project family

By Fa’aumu Kaimana Elsea   Some number of decades ago, my mother played bingo in Burien, at a hall where the auto collision repair center stands today. As she pulled out of the lot in her Chevy Camaro, mum picked up a little surprise. A county cop followed her from Burien to West Seattle going…


Alumni Spotlight: Pacharamart Khong-Kha-Ngam

By Pacharamart Khong-Kha-Ngam I have had a long history with Dream Project. I started out as a mentee in the program at Auburn Senior High School. I started my Junior year. I was in the program for 2 years and was a recipient of the Living the Dream Scholarship as well. That’s really how it…


October 20, 2017

Dream Project Staff Transitions

By Nicole Guenther After five years with Dream Project as a staff member, I’ve recently accepted a new job in the UW School of Social Work, as Assistant Director of their Bachelor’s program. When I went to an information session about mentoring high school students on applying to college during Dawg Daze in 2009, I…


May 9, 2017

Catching Up with a Dream Project Alum

By Rob Thompson I was mostly involved in Dream Project (DP) from Winter 2007 through some time in 2010 or 2011. I joined when the class was only a year old. The founding members were all still undergraduates back then, including Alula [Asfaw] and we only had about 30 people in the class. After a…


January 24, 2017

Catching up with Dream Project Alum

By Amber Valenzuela   I served as a Dream Project mentor during Fall 2013 through Fall 2015. I also participated in the Disability Seminar in which I learned a lot about creating a safe space, disclosure conversations, different terminology, etc. The reason I first joined Dream Project was that I was involved with the program…


Leadership Corner: What’s in Store for Steering this Year?

By Jordan Tuia, Public Health Senior I have been the manager of Steering since Spring 2016. The Steering body exists to work through both the core and peripheral functions of the Dream Project program; it essentially steers the organization as a whole to ensure we are fulfilling our aim of supporting students in every facet…


Q&A with Colton Selin

By Colton Selin and Anh Huynh Currently a third-year undergraduate majoring in economics with a minor in entrepreneurship, Colton Selin serves as one of the High School Leads (HSL) at Auburn High School and as a co-lead for Dream Project’s Advancement team. Selin started out as a mentor for Health Sciences and Human Services High…


Dream Project Goes Deeper with Professional Development for Leaders

By Dream Project staff In line with the University of Washington’s Race & Equity Initiative and as part of an ongoing effort to become a more actively anti-racist and social justice-oriented program, Dream Project staff has been working to coordinate workshops and trainings aimed to help leaders develop an informed lens for racial equity and…


November 6, 2016

Welcome To A New Year with Dream Project

Kicking Off the New Year With fall quarter already off to a strong start, we couldn’t be more excited about the ways new mentees, mentors and leaders will contribute to Dream Project. Currently partnering with 13 high schools in King County, we aim to assist low-income and first-generation high school students in attaining higher education…


Alumni Spotlight: Amy Thai

I graduated from UW in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Early Childhood Family Studies. I joined Dream Project during my junior year as a mentor at Auburn High School and I was also a College and Career Readiness Assistant at Pacific Middle School. Throughout my involvement with Dream Project, I became passionate…



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