Program Overview

Through this evidence-based program, College Dreams enrolls middle and high school students through partnerships with local School Districts with a focus on serving low-income, first generation and underrepresented youth.  Students are served at their middle schools and high schools for five to seven years by highly trained College and Career Preparation Specialists who provide strong support, monitor academic progress, and motivate academic excellence.  Program evaluations show that participants have 60% lower dropout rates, 70% fewer juvenile arrests, and double the rate of academic excellence indicators, in contrast to similar comparison students

Through this program, we provide:

  • A College Preparation Specialist to promote academic excellence and college readiness as well as provide mentoring, skill-building, and counseling
  • College Tours to both public and private Oregon colleges and Universities
  • College awareness and readiness activities
  • Career awareness and experience opportunities
  • Support for access to special camps and pre-college programs
  • Scholarships (starting in 6th grade)
  • Recreational outings
  • Financial education
  • Tutoring
  • Incentives for good grades
  • Community service opportunities
  • Support with financial aid, college applications, and scholarship applications
  • …and more!!