For an undocumented student, pursuing higher education can feel like an insurmountable challenge. In addition to facing legal limitations, most come from low-income families, lack access to accurate information about the education system, and are left believing that going to college is both legally and financially impossible. Working throughout Northern Virginia, the Dream Project starts with high school seniors, providing college tours, a college readiness class, and one-on-one mentors who help facilitate the college application process. Graduating mentees (as well as other college-bound immigrant students) are then eligible to become Dream Scholars. And scholars receive much more than just financial assistance: social-emotional support groups, an emergency loan fund, pro-bono legal services, an alumni network, and parent education classes are all available to help overcome additional barriers. Your support brings dreams for college, for careers, for the future within reach.

COVID-19 Update: Dream Project programs have transitioned to a virtual setting. Over the summer, the annual Dream Summit became a webinar series where students and parents completed workshops over Zoom. The virtual format added great flexibility for students and parents so a record number - 86 scholars and 28 parents attended. The Mentoring Program has also been adapted to a virtual format with synchronous and asynchronous sessions for the 2020-2021 academic year. During the pandemic, an Emergency Relief Fund for Dreamers has been able to make significant grants to scholars in need.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

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