UW Dream Project

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The Dream Project is run by and relies on college student mentors! If you’re interested in joining our team, read the information below.

Join the Dream Project

How does the program work?

The Dream Project connects UW students with underrepresented high-school students to work through the college admissions process. Please visit our about us page for more information.

Who can join?

The class is open to any University of Washington undergraduate student, graduate student or alumnus. Other community members are welcome to participate in some capacities as well. If you are not a UW student or alumnus and would still like to join, please contact us directly.

What is the commitment?

“Dream Team” members are expected to be available for about a minimum of approximately 4-6 hours per week:

The class meetings at UW: EDUC 260, 360, and 361

Our classes meet Mondays from 3:30 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. on campus. In the class, we learn about different aspects of the admissions process, invite special guests to speak (like admissions counselors from UW and other colleges), and discuss matters related to social justice and college access. The course is EDUC 260 for first quarter mentors and EDUC 360 or EDUC 361 for returning mentors. These are 1-credit classes that count for I&S credits. In addition to ONE of these lecture courses, mentors must also register for EDUC 369, a high school visit (see below for details). The EDUC 369 includes a high school-specific breakout on Mondays 4:30-5:20. All courses are graded as credit/no-credit. Email us at uwdreamproject@uw.edu with any questions.

A visit to the high school once a week (EDUC 369)

Each student is expected to visit a high school at least once a week to work with high school students. We visit all 16 of our schools once a week and we’ll work with you to find a school that works for your schedule. Transportation will be provided by the Dream Project. Times and locations are viewable on the UW time schedule under EDUC 369.

Other events and activities throughout the year.

The Dream Project will host other events throughout the year. Examples include our Spring BBQ, where the high school students are invited to the UW campus for a visit and a BBQ, and our Admissions Workshop Weekend in the fall, which is an intensive essay-writing workshop at UW.

OK, this sounds good. How do I join?

To enroll in the Dream Project for credit, register on MyUW for the appropriate courses (EDUC 260 and 369 for new mentors; EDUC 360 or 361 and EDUC 369 for returning mentors).
To join the class as a volunteer, you can sign up by clicking the button below:

Join the Dream Project

Do I have to take the class for credit?

No, you can still participate in the project without receiving the two credits. However, if you do, we still expect you to meet the commitments outlined above, including attending class on Mondays.

What if I can’t make it to the class, but I still want to help?

If you can’t attend the class on Mondays but you’d still like to work with high school students, contact us directly to find out about ways to be involved. Some examples include volunteering as community members at the Road Map to College events or being a writing tutor at events.

What about transportation?

The Dream Project rents vehicles from the UW Fleet Services to transport mentors to the high schools each week. Mentors travel together to the high schools in these minivans. If you are willing to be a driver for the Dream Project, talk with your high school lead.

I still have questions!

If you still have questions, please contact us directly.

Can’t sign up this quarter?

Please sign up for our Dream Project Mentor Interest mailing list to receive periodic reminders on ways to sign up in the future!