New Year, New Dreams

By Flor Selena C., Dream Project Scholar, Lafayette Class of 2022 If there is one thing I learned from my first semester is to be patient. My first semester in college was a roller coaster of emotions. From orientation, to my first day of classes, to homesickness, to eating burnt and uncooked rice (It was a traumatizing experience), to learning how …

Celebrating The Dream Project’s 9th Annual Holiday Dinner

From listening to deeply moving speeches from our students to sharing a delicious meal prepared by the Parent’s Committee, the Dream Project’s 9th Annual Holiday Dinner was a fantastic celebration of our community. We were honored to be joined by over 150 students, families, community members, elected officials, and treasured partners. Together, we laughed, ate, drank, and honored our shared …

The Downtrodden. The Underdogs. The Longshots.

By Kiley Kio, College of William & Mary 2020 Through my summer internship at the Dream Project, I learned that leaders are not necessarily the people with high paying salaries or impressive resumes. Leaders are our moms, our neighbors, our teachers. As an informed individual, I am compelled to believe that my education is a key to helping those less …

2017-2018 Annual Report

We know it can be hard to receive a constant stream of bad news when it comes to immigration. Parents are deported. Children are separated from their families. A solution is out of sight. Please let our 2017-2018 Annual Report be your glimmer of hope. We are excited to share with you the inspiring stories of our students and our work this past year. …

Vice-Chair earns the Joan White Grassroots Award

“Volunteers make dreams come true…” -Jane Powell, Dream Project Vice Chair On October 10, 2018, Volunteer Alexandria awarded Dream Project’s Vice-Chair, Jane Powell, the Joan White Grassroots Service Award. The Joan White Grassroots Service Award is given to a volunteer who has selflessly committed time, energy and skills to help an organization to further its mission. “Life can be beautiful …

Founder and Chair Wins Spirit of Community Award

On Thursday, September 27, Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, founder and current Chairman of the Board of the Dream Project, received the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Community Foundation uses the power of philanthropy and its role as community convener and catalyst to improve the quality of life in …

The Danger of DACA

By Lizzette Arias, Executive Director, Dream Project Since last summer DACA recipients have suffered the anxiety, the political attacks, and the uncertainty around DACA. We always knew DACA, our saving grace, was temporary, but still we rejoiced and celebrated this program that magically fixed our lives. A driver’s license, airplane trips, in-state tuition, and a sense of security and stability …

Progressive Voice: Celebrating the Achievements of Young Neighbors, Who Happen to be Immigrants

Please read “Progressive Voice: Celebrating the Achievements of Young Neighbors, Who Happen to be Immigrants” by Dream Project Board Member Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz. “For the past two years, I have had the privilege of being on the Board of Directors of the Arlington-based Dream Project. Dream Project is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower students whose immigration status …