Dream Project

November 7, 2019

Mentor Spotlight: Oscar Cortes

Dream Project mentors are often alumni of our partner schools. Read about the experience of one of our 1st year mentors — Oscar Cortes 

From August of 2015 to June of 2019 I attended Summit Sierra High School. The experience of attending a school that opened the same time I became a freshman was nothing short of life changing. My passion for spoken word poetry and my experience as the ultimate frisbee captain helped create an image of what it meant to be a leader in the Summit Sierra community. To graduate last year and be recognized as part of the first graduating class has also helped solidify my hope to establish a legacy that I am proud of. I want to continue to be a role model for the new senior class and share insight of life as a freshman at the University of Washington.

My drive to leave a legacy that I can be proud of is what drove me to become a Dream Project mentor. For the past few weeks of visits to Summit Sierra, I have been greeted with friendly faces and hugs that show me I did something right with my time at Sierra. The experience of talking with seniors has shown me how much I relate with students. I tremendously enjoy sharing some of my knowledge and wisdom of being a college student. To interact with other college students that have a similar interest/passion to help other students has been one of my favorite parts of the Dream Project. The Dream Project has been a great opportunity and community that I am grateful to be a part of.