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UW Dream Project

November 6, 2016

Welcome To A New Year with Dream Project

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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 while raising awareness among university students about the issues of educational opportunity and social mobility.

Year in Review

With a new school year comes more great events and opportunities to support even more students. But let’s take a look at the past year and all of our successful events!

In the fall, we hosted over 700 mentees on campus for our annual Admissions Workshop Weekend (AWW). This year included a resource fair for students that featured over 12 organizations, and by the end of the weekend a majority of students had submitted at least one college application! In the winter, we focused on supporting local financial aid events. Because of this, 180 mentors attended 24 events throughout January, a record in both mentor attendance and the number of events we committed to. And of course, in the spring we had Spring BBQ, which brought over 600 high school students to campus for a first-hand look at what college life is like. Juniors from all of our partner schools received a tour of the campus, attended a mock lecture and heard from guest speakers at lunch in the Quad. For many of the students we work with, this was their first visit to a college campus and a time for them to start thinking about post-secondary plans. In the spring we also hosted the 10th annual Live the Dream Scholarship reception. The ceremony was a huge success; we awarded 23 scholarships and heard from Dream Project leaders, UW staff and the recipients themselves.

These events, along with weekly high school visits, helped to create an amazing year!

A Look Ahead at Fall Quarter ’16

During the first quarter of the year, Dream Project mentors learn how to support students through the college application process and then apply what they learn in their weekly high school visits to assist seniors in deciding what fits their interests and goals. Mentors this quarter will support students in completing applications for federal or state financial aid (FAFSA/WASFA), writing strong personal statements and other essays that may be included in a college application.

Reflecting on My Time in the Dream Project So Far

I have been involved in the Dream Project for seven quarters now and am still in awe of the dedication and passion every person in this program commits to the high school students we support. There is a resilience within the staff members, leaders and mentors to make the program successful, which encourages the mentees to want to succeed as well. I’m looking forward to my last year in Dream Project and can’t wait to see what students, staff and mentors accomplish this year. If you have any questions about Dream Project, come by our office in Mary Gates Hall, room 274! We love to share our experiences and to help find ways to get other students involved.  

Here’s to a great year and we hope to see you around!