Dream Project

Our Mission

Due to historical and institutional racism, the U.S. education system does not support every student equally. Students of color and low-income students are less likely to receive the support and resources to prepare for their futures. Neither race nor socioeconomic status should predict any outcome. Through mentorship, we support students in navigating complex systems such as the workforce, financial aid, and college admissions. Our goal is to empower students with the tools and information to make and enact a plan for their futures.

Our Model

UW Dream Project is a community engagement and leadership education program in UW’s Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD). Dream Project is a service learning course and near-peer mentoring program. We connect UW undergraduate students with local middle and high school students to support post-secondary planning and college access. There are two main components of the program:

  • Weekly mentorship through our service-learning courses (EDUC 260, 360, & 369). On a quarterly basis students learn about effective mentoring strategies, a variety of post-secondary pathways, and issues pertaining to educational equity in the K-12 system. The service-learning component of the course involves weekly visits to local partner high schools to work directly with students on post-secondary planning.
  • College & Career Readiness Assistants (CCRAs) are stipended interns who support local middle and high schools in their district and school identified college & career readiness initiatives. CCRAs are UW undergraduate students who are selected and trained by UW Dream Project staff and are jointly supervised by their school placement’s College & Career Counselor and Dream Project’s Manager of Community Relations. The CCRA intern term is one academic year (Sep – June).