Join our class
The Dream Project relies on college student mentors! If you’re interested in joining our team, read the information below.
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 serve as a mentor?
The class is open to any University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student. Other community members are welcome to participate in our annual Admissions Workshop Day in November as well as Road Map to Project events.
What is the commitment?
“Dream Team” members dedicate an average of 4-6 hours per week:
The class meetings at UW: EDUC 260, 360, and 361
Our lectures meet Mondays from 3:30-4:20 or from 5:30-6:20, depending on which section students select. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 November, which is an intensive essay-writing and college application 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:
Do I have to take the class for credit?
Yes, first quarter mentors are required to take the class for credit. After your first quarter, you are strongly encouraged to continue taking the class for credit but volunteering becomes an option. If you participate as a volunteer, 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?
We understand that students have busy schedules but our class participation is mandatory. We want to ensure that all mentors are prepared with the skills and information needed to be effective. If Monday classes currently do not fit in your schedule, you are welcome to stop by the Dream Project Office in MGH 274 for assistance with finding sections that might fit. Otherwise, we really hope it works for you to join us in a future quarter.
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!