CWU Granted $76, 940 to Inspire Students to “Dare to Dream” | CWU Public Affairs

Posted: May 30, 2012

Mateo Arteaga, the director of Central Washington University’s Educational Outreach Services, and Miriam Bocchetti, director, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), received $76, 940 from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public instruction (OSPI) for their project, “Dare to Dream Academy: Exploring Your Future.” This is the pilot year for this specific program.

The grant funding is for 100 high school students to attend a five-day overnight camp at Central this summer to experience elements of college life. The students were identified by OSPI as those who need additional assistance in preparing for college. They are from communities all around the state, including Brewster, Bridgeport, Chelan, Moses Lake, Okanogan, Pateros, Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee. The purpose of this program is to make students aware of the possibility of attending college, while focusing on the necessity of planning and performing well in their high school courses. The Dare to Dream Academy will take place June 11-15.

Each day will have a different focus: teambuilding, career assessment, high school planning, higher education preparation and parental involvement/engagement. There will also be 10 CAMP students who will be trained to serve as Dare to Dream mentors.

“For the past seven months my staff and I have been working together to secure space, meals, lodging, speakers, presenters, and chaperones to fulfill the objectives set forth by OSPI,” said Bocchetti. “The goal of the Dare to Dream Academy is to empower the participants to define their educational and career goals while gaining awareness of entrance requirements of colleges and universities. Students will also participate in workshops regarding financial aid and the scholarship application process.”

Bocchetti hopes that this year’s pilot project will become a permanent program to help Washington’s at-risk youth achieve their higher education goals.Image

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