Dare to Dream Book Talks

As you may know, the Dream Project began 10 years ago at Emma Violand-Sanchez’s kitchen table. She organized a group of people who knew students’ immigration status should never limit their educational aspirations. The pandemic presented a challenge of maintaining this vital sense of community that started at Emma’s home and means so much to Dream Project students and families. …

Eternally grateful to be a Dream Scholar

By: Karen Vallejos Corrales, Dream Project Alumna I immigrated to the United States at the age of five and grew up here in Virginia. I was undocumented, and I along with many other dreamers, grew up in a time before President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and constricting Virginia state laws. Back then, my greatest desire was …

5 Golden Days of Giving

This year would have been the 10th anniversary of the Dream Project’s first holiday dinner fundraiser, which helped raise scholarship funds for our four original scholars in 2010. However, due to COVID-19 safety concerns and gathering restrictions, we opted for a virtual fundraiser in lieu of the traditional in-person event. This celebration, entitled “5 Golden Days of Giving,” featured video …

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Dream Project Annual Report 2019-2020

While this year did not go at all as any of us planned, here at the Dream Project we accomplished a great deal. Mid-fiscal-year we were confronted with the pandemic and quickly pivoted to online programming. We successfully continued to support and empower our students and their families. We are proud of the work we accomplished this fiscal year! You …

Dream Summit 2020 – What We Learned

Written by: Carlos Puerta Even though the Dream Summit was virtual this year, there was a lot to learn—both from past and present. Here are the key things we learned: Accessibility was key Transitioning to online helped our students join in record numbers. Shorter workshops spread out throughout an entire week plus shorter workshops made it easy for our students …

VIEWPOINT: Advocate for the DREAM Act

July 19, 2020 by Abel Flores Leave a Comment In August 2001, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (SFS ’66, LAW ’69) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act in the U.S. Senate. The DREAM Act would create a process for undocumented students to apply for conditional residency, eventually leading to permanent residency. The …

Uncancelled Concert 2020

To kick off the Fourth of July weekend this year, the Dream Project imagined our ever-popular benefit concert within the confines of our new, digital world. Rather than cancel the event completely, we instead invited performers from previous years and a few of our own musically-inclined scholars to submit recordings. These recordings, along with messages from Emma Violand-Sanchez, Founder and …

Reflection on the SCOTUS Decision on DACA

By Lizzette Arias, Executive Director, Dream Project and Victoria Gonzalez, Senior Intern, Dream Project Background of the Case In June 2012, President Barack Obama established DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This executive order followed various failed attempts to pass the DREAM Act in Congress. At the same time, the Dream Project had just awarded its second round of renewable …