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 …

Progressive Voice: Celebrating What Diversity Brings to Arlington

Please read “Progressive Voice: Celebrating What Diversity Brings to Arlington” by Dream Project Board Member Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz. “One significant step in building equity in Arlington is how for the past 40 years, Arlington has been a gateway community for thousands of immigrants settling not only to the commonwealth but across the United States. Immigrants from nearly 120 countries have …

Summer Summit 2018

July 21, 2018 At the 2018 Dream Summit, we encouraged students to explore freely, ask questions openly, and enjoy wholeheartedly.  All of the sessions, panels, and prepared materials were set with the intent of preparing and improving the higher education experience for our Dream Project Scholars. This year’s Dream Project Scholars’ Summer Summit was a great success. Our vision for …

Dreams, Hopes & Sacrifices National Geographic Photo Camp

By Jacky Cortes, Dream Project Alum While the whole country talks about immigration and family separation, it is not that often that immigrants like myself get access to professional photographers and a world-renowned platform to share your own stories through art and photography. But last month, we did. And doing so fueled us to continue to proudly embrace and document our journeys. During …

DREAM SCHOLAR SUMMER SUMMIT

Dream Scholar Summer Summit Calling all Dream Scholars and Dream Scholar Supporters! Join us for our Third Summer Summit on July 9th! The idea for the Summit arose directly from our Scholars who sought ongoing support navigating both the transition into college and life at college. The Summer Summit is that event–designed around our scholars and for our scholars! Previous Dream Scholars have rated the Summit as extremely helpful for both their professional and personal growth. This year’s Summit will feature …