Community Partners

The work of the Dream Project would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of the following funding partners. We aim to foster meaningful partnerships with colleges and universities, Virginia public school districts, other nonprofit organizations and service providers that can provide supplemental services to Dream Project constituents.

Our partners offer our community access to valuable resources such as legal assistance, physical and mental health services, career development counseling and educational support. These services supplement the Dream Project programs and scholarship to increase our students’ likelihood of success.

Partnership Highlights

We are proud to partner with Beyond 12, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income and underrepresented students succeed in college. Beyond 12 utilizes a unique coaching model to ensure students stay on track to graduate and thrive in the college environment. The Dream Project provides access to a Beyond 12 coach to Dream Scholarship recipients that are entering their first year in college and select upperclassmen.

The Beyond12 coach and student connect at least twice a month, and during each session, the coach checks-in with scholars and helps in various target areas that include:

  • Achieving Academic & Personal Goals

  • Balancing School/ Work/ Extracurricular Activities

  • Utilizing Campus Resources

  • Understanding/Accessing Financial Resources

  • Networking & Building Social Capital

  • Planning for College Graduation

Between sessions, coaches connect with scholars via phone, text, video chat, and social media to flag any potential challenges that scholars may be facing.

To assess the effectiveness of the Beyond 12 program on Dream Project Scholars, we developed an evaluation process that included a survey of participants and focus groups. The results overwhelmingly affirmed that Dream Scholars benefit from the Beyond 12 coach relationship. You can learn more about the process and the results here.

The Dream Project hosts a summer intern through the William & Mary Leadership and Community Engagement Internship Program. The W&M Intern helps build up relationships with the Dream Scholars, and with social media content. Since Dream Project staff is small, the W&M intern quickly becomes an important member of the team.

In addition, Dream Project Mentoring Program students participate in a seminar discussion with W&M students enrolled in the DC Urban Education course in Washington D.C twice a year. Both sets of students enjoy the opportunity to learn from each others’ unique experiences.

Lastly, 10 Dream Project mentees attend the Leadership by Design Program held every on the William and Mary campus every summer. The Leadership by Design program helps Dream Project mentees build confidence and find their voice. Dream Project utilizes this opportunity to identify and recruit potential candidates for its mentoring program among rising 11th and 12th graders.

Foundations Corporations and Organizations

ACT for Alexandria

Amazon Smile/Target

Arlington Community Foundation

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Arlington Thrive

Beyond 12

Carliner & Remes, P.C.

Catalogue for Philanthropy for Greater Washington D.C.

CGI Charitable Giving Program

Collins Consulting Group

Computer Core

Consular Section of the Mexican Embassy and IME Becas

Dominion Guild

Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians

Frechette Family Foundation


George Mason Center for Psychological Services

Good Eater LLC

GMAC Corporate - Graduate Management Admission Council

Greater Washington Community Foundation

Heard - An Arts Program For Silent Stories

John D. Evans Foundation

KBR Foundation

League of Women Voters of Arlington

Mason Hirst Foundation

Microsoft Corporation

Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation

Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Neuhaus-Speck Family Foundation Fund 



Open Society Institute Foundation

Panaderia y Pasteleria Mi Pueblo

Pay it Forward America Foundation

Pew Charitable Trust

Poets & Writers, Inc.

Rita Susswain Gottesman Fund

Rotary Club of Alexandria


Shrewsbury Foundation

Sun and Moon Yoga Studio

United Way of the National Capital Area

Universal Dynamic Flow

Urban Alternative Foundation

The Woman’s Club

Virginia Humanities

Faith Community

Beth Chai Jewish Humanist Congregation 

Burke Presbyterian Church

Fairlington Presbyterian Church

NOVA Catholic Community

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement)

Educational Community

Alexandria City Public Schools

Arlington Public Schools

College of William & Mary

Georgetown University

George Mason University

George Washington University

James Madison University

Marymount University

Northern Virginia Community College

Shenandoah University