Dream Project Annual Report 2018 – 2019

You read that right; another year has flown by, and it is time to sit down and take a look at what we have accomplished. Without spoiling too much, I can say with certainty that 2018-2019 has been our most successful year to date, and it couldn’t have been without the support of our wonderful community. Thanks to all of …

Supporting the Dream: Helping Dreamers Navigate College Life

Earlier this year, Francesco Yepez-Coello, Dream Project Alumni, was published for his research into Dreamers in higher education. Having gone through college as an immigrant, Francesco is very familiar with many of the difficulties and intricacies that come along with being a student and an immigrant. As such, he wanted to see the effects that a support group would have on …

DACA, A Seven-Year-Old Memory

On June 14, 2012, I flew on a plane for the first time since I arrived in the United States at four months old. Unlike that first time, I remember everything from this plane ride. The destination, Los Angeles, the purpose, become an immigrant rights organizer. My father came with me to the airport. Although he too feared that a …

Dream Project Receives Jack Wood Award from George Mason University

On May 2nd, we at the Dream Project were honored to receive the John C. “Jack” Wood Award for Town-Gown Relations in the nonprofit category awarded by George Mason University. The purpose of this prestigious award is to “recognize community individual and groups, as well as government, businesses, and not-for-profits who demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the …

Voices for Solidarity Concert 2019

Through storytelling, harmony, dancing and music, the Dream Project’s Voices for Solidarity concert was a wonderful success. Over two hundred people gathered in solidarity to support not only the Dream Project, but also our diversity and complexity. The quality of performances we witnessed were breathtaking. Dulce Carrillo, Coordinator of Community Engagement at Arlington Public Schools graciously served as our Master …

New Year, New Dreams

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 to be patient and taking a step back, to advocating …