DREAMTeam Mentoring Program


Scholarship Application Due April 30, 2017

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Our mission is to mentor high school students starting in sophomore year at Woodrow Wilson High School, and continuing through all four years of college.  We provide scholarships to students, and help them learn how to recognize, develop and utilize their leadership, scholarship and service capabilities; while embracing the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self”, as they prepare to become successful and productive citizens. The service these students render will enrich the lives of countless others, leading to stronger and more cohesive communities.

Dreaming BIG to provide educational opportunities, leadership and personal growth to Dallas ISD Students at Woodrow Wilson High School.

How we measure success

  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average 
  • Graduate from high school and a 4 year college
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in high school and college
  • Give back to the community through career and volunteer choices 
  • Share educational and development skills with fellow students
  • Develop confidence, determination and responsibility to pursue individual learning experiences college scholarships and personal achievement through their educational and professional careers.
Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow
"The Rotarians of The Rotary Club of Dallas have made a positive difference for many of my students at Woodrow Wilson. Without their help, many of our students would have never had the opportunity to attend college. The Rotarian Mentors’ numerous hours and dedication have encouraged many of our students to actually see that when people work towards the same goal, something great can be accomplished. We are very thankful to have such a wonderful group of individuals.” ~Principal, Woodrow Wilson High School 
 

The Numbers

  • In 2013  six deserving students were awarded $48,000 in scholarships
  • $304,000 total awarded in scholarships since 2006 program inception 
  • 53 students in program since inception 
  • 100% of our mentored students have graduated high school
  • 106 mentors have participated in the program
  • 13 students have graduated from college 
The Commitment
Being a part of the DREAMTeam mentoring program is a serious commitment for students and their Rotarian mentors alike. Selection of students for the program is competitive and is based on an application, recommendations, interviews, and financial need. Students enter the program in the spring of their sophomore year and are partnered with two mentors who are committed for at least the seven years of high school and college. 

DREAMTeam mentors are expected to meet at least twice every month with their students. The first Thursday is set aside for classroom training on a variety of topics, such as preparing for college entrance exams, applying for scholarships, completing college applications, and resisting peer pressure. Rotarians and their students also meet informally other times for recreational or educational activities. 

In addition to training and preparing their students for scholastic success and productive careers, our mentors also serve as role models and sounding boards when the students face questions or concerns regarding feelings, beliefs, values or other issues commonly encountered by young people. DREAMTeam mentors offer their support, enthusiasm and the wisdom that comes from their life experiences. In short, they show the students that they truly care about them. 

"The DREAMTeam has helped me financially to attend a university. It has also motivated me to keep on dreaming. The program has helped me develop a strong perseverance of moving forward to reach my educational goals in life. Thanks to this team, my Mentors and everyone who gives their support, I have at least been given a chance to be successful.” ~Crystal Jamaica, DREAMTeam Class of 2008
 

The Value of Mentoring

At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.

Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations. Helping them also strive for educational success.

Support for Education

  • Mentors help keep students in school.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
  • Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees’ academic skills.
Support with Day-to-Day Living
  • Mentors help improve a young person's self-esteem.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
  • About 40% of a teenager's waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
  • Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.

Statistics and Research

Research confirms what we know anecdotal or intuitively — that mentoring works.

The 2013 study by Mentoring.org “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles,” examined mentoring program relationships, experiences and benefits for higher-risk youth, and among the findings determined:

  • The strongest program benefit, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — a particularly noteworthy finding given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline.
  • Findings also suggested gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.
  • In addition to benefits in specific domains, mentored youth also experienced gains in a greater number of outcomes than youth in the comparison group.

Overall, the study’s results suggest that mentoring programs can be beneficial for youth with a broad range of backgrounds and characteristics. Tailoring the training and support that is available to matches based on the specific risks youth face has the potential to produce even stronger benefits.