Dreamer to Dreamer Mentoring
Over the course of our 35-year history, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has proudly worked with almost 18,000 students (“Dreamers”) living in low-income communities to help transform their lives by providing higher educational opportunities. In this time, we have learned the hard lesson that our Dreamers need support not just in getting to college, but also through college. Once in college, they are faced with numerous challenges – both academic and non-academic – that can negatively impact their chances of post-secondary success, including navigating financial aid, seeking academic support, procuring internships, feelings of social isolation, and acclimating to college life and culture.
Our national Dreamer to Dreamer Mentoring program improves the college graduation rates of our current Dreamers by pairing a Dreamer entering college with an alumni Dreamer mentor to provide high-touch, one-on-one mentorship that supports Dreamers in navigating the challenges of transitioning from high school, to college, career, and beyond. Our alumni have walked in the shoes of our Dreamers and have a deep understanding of what is needed to persist and graduate with a degree. Through in-person meetings, online check-ins, group gatherings, and more, alumni Dreamers will help their younger counterparts successfully overcome the stumbling blocks that often stymie the most talented students from graduating from college.
The Dreamer to Dreamer Mentoring Program allows us to leverage one of our richest resources – our own alumni Dreamers – to improve outcomes for our current Dreamers, and guarantee the presence of high-quality, committed, and experienced mentors.