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October 12, 2018

News Roundup

By Aric Rininger     Uncertain education funding and unaffordable housing feature heavily in the news cycle. As always, the students and teachers of our partner schools can be found organizing to meet the needs of their communities.   Poverty rates hold steady, average incomes continue to increase in Seattle area and Washington state http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/09/13/poverty-rates-hold-steady-average-incomes-continue-to-increase-in-seattle-area-and-washington-state/…


May 2, 2018

Professional Development Workshop Reflections

by Aric Rininger The more impossible something seems, the more important it is that we do it. These were some of the parting words Dream Project leadership received this March at our race and equity workshop, led by Bernardo Ruiz of the Racing to Equity consulting group. Bernardo is the former Director of the School…


Introducing A New HSL Manager

by Pett Khongkhangam and Aric Rininger Name: Theresa Le Major: Speech and Hearing Sciences Past DP experience: mentor at Ingraham High School starting 2016, HSL at Ingraham for 2017-2018 cohort   I decided to become HSL manager because I wanted to continue my work with Dream Project in a way that is more personally involved…


Alumni Spotlight: Meili Powell

by Meili Powell As a student at Ingraham High School, I was lucky to have met my mentor and friend – Ashley – who showed me the positive impact and necessity of having someone help you navigate the complex college application process. As a 2013 Live the Dream Scholar, I was asked to join the…


February 1, 2018

Events Digest

AWW Recap and Spring BBQ Save the Date By Morgan Lantz Admissions Workshop Weekend this past fall quarter was a success! Over 250 high school students came to work with us on their post-secondary plans–mostly college applications. We had a Resource Fair where colleges from around the region came to talk with students about specific…


January 23, 2018

What’s in store for Steering?

By Christine Smet Weekly Steering Committee meetings are a space to engage in thoughtful discussions about Dream Project’s work as a whole: during meetings, leaders give and receive updates on their work and provide input on potential programmatic changes. The Steering Committee consists of full-time Dream Project staff, Americorps members, and student leaders representing various…


Welcome back, Aric!

By Aric Rininger My name is Aric Rininger, and I’m transitioning into a leadership position in Public Relations. Until recently, I have served as a mentor (Rainier Beach, six quarters) and an Advancement Lead. The last year brought significant reorganization to Dream Project and the Advancement portfolio. Fundraising and data analysis were shifted away from…


May 6, 2017

Introducing the New Public Relations Leads

PR Leads

By Bryan Elsea and Geetika Mukkamala Talofa lava (Hello), My name is Bryan Elsea (preferred pronouns: they/them), and I am currently transitioning into the Public Relations role. I wasted no time and got involved in Dream Project my first quarter at the University of Washington. I became part of the program as a mentee at…


May 4, 2017

Dream Project Scholarship Sees Changes this Year

By Advancement Leads In an effort to make Dream Project’s annual scholarship awards more impactful for qualified incoming University of Washington students, Dream Project has recently made some important changes to the scholarship selection process. The Dream Project Scholarship is now a $3,000 award distributed equally across three quarters, with $1,000 per quarter. Eligible applicants…


January 23, 2017

Join Us in Celebrating a Decade of Dream Project

DP Prom

We are celebrating a Decade of Dream Team! Dream Project Alumni and Mentor Mixer is less than one month away! –When– Saturday, February 11th, 2017 8:00pm — 10:30pm –Where– Mary Gates Hall Commons Free parking in the Central Plaza Garage RSVP here (tinyurl.com/DPmixer2017) Attire is semi-formal Join us for a Dream Project alumni and mentor mixer for an…



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