The Greeley Dream Team

The Greeley Dream team turns dreams into reality. We work with a diverse student population building relationships. We mentor, empower, and educate today's youth to transition to college and become tomorrow's leaders.

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Alumni Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Upon graduation all Dream Team students are welcomed into our Alumni Program. This program has three focus areas: post-secondary success with an Alumni Advisor, opportunities to give back, and advocacy work. Our Alumni Advisor provides admission, financial aid and transfer process assistance to ensure a successful post-secondary and workforce development experience. The Advisor meets with students at their college and continues to work with them for their first two years post-secondary. They also receive support in obtaining additional resources or referrals for them and their family.To celebrate all our Alumni's success after high school, the program hosts an annual Alumni event. Alumni have several opportunities to give back to the Dream Team community; they can mentor or tutor students, volunteer at special events or give a monetary donation. Alumni participate in advocacy work by sharing their Dream Team story and path of success to inspire others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

K8 Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

K8 - The Greeley Dream Team, Bella Romero, Chappelow and Winograd K-8 schools have partnered together to encourage students to stay in school, graduate from high school and plan for a successful future. The program fosters confidence and motivation in its participants by pairing students with a Dream Team Advisor who provides one-on-one support and group activities. Upon completion of 8th grade, students will be eligible to enter the Dream Team Program in a Greeley-Evans High School.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Program success will be measured by achieving the short term successes and outcomes.

Jefferson High School Teen Parent Class

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

The Greeley Dream Team, Inc. has partnered with Jefferson High School to provide student and program advocacy along with resources and support for the teen parents to graduate and enroll in postsecondary education. Our partnership along with other key community players has made the program a tremendous success. It has allowed teen parents to stay in school and receive their high school education, while their child(ren) is being taken care of in a licensed childcare environment. The students can look forward to graduating from high school and having postsecondary options to make a better life for themselves and their family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Program Successes to Date:
• A total of 162 teen parents were served by the program.
• 171 children were served in the licensed childcare program.
• Teen parents participated in a quarter long elective class learning early literacy, child development, toddler tough spots, music, sign language, healthy relationships and more.
• 5 teen parents participated in Dual Enrollment at the local Community College.
• We have held 8 teen parent classes.

Dream Team Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Dream Team - The Dream Team Program is a federally funded, pre-collegiate TRiO program that serves over 700 low-income and first-generation students at eight District 6 middle and high schools. The core of the program focuses on the relationships built between the advisor and their students in order to prepare students for a successful transition into a two or four year university. Program services include personalized academic advising and goal setting, career and college based field trips, educational workshops, tutoring, and financial aid and college application assistance.

Over 700 students are recruited and served by the Educational Talent Search program in District 6 middle and high schools. Students begin participation in the program in the sixth grade and are sustained through successful completion of high school and placement in the appropriate post-secondary institution.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have consistently met and exceed all of our program outcomes and objectives. Additional program highlights include our Hispanic graduation rate. For the 2016-2017 Academic Year our Senior Class was 92% of Hispanic descent and of that group 96% of them graduated! Our program has been in existence for over 20 years and hundreds of students have graduated from college and are providing a better life for their families. Here are some testimonials from some of our students:
"Dream Team has motivated me to try hard in school to get to where I would like to be." -Juan

"I like being in the Dream Team because all the advisors are very awesome and outgoing. There's a lot I love about Dream Team; it helps students get prepared for college and they want to see you succeed. I love how we have field trips to college campuses; they give us a really good experience. My advice for students going into the Dream Team program is for them to not take Dream Team for granted. It really helps you with financial aid, what college you want to go to, and scholarships. Also Dream Team is really fun, you're miss everything about it once you graduate." -Esmerelda

"I like the Dream Team because it is fun and cool" -Angel

"I like the Dream Team because it gives us different opportunities. A piece of advice I would give is to not be afraid to try new things." -April

"What I like about the Dream Team is that they help me with my school work." -Kelli


Discovery: The Peer Leadership Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Discovery - This program is a partnership between The Greeley Dream Team, Jefferson High School, and United Way of Weld County. Developed in the 1990s by an alternative high school teacher in Fort Collins, the Discovery program helps all Jefferson students by developing their social skills, communication skills, team building, and anger management strategies. To put their skills into practice, students participate in community service activities, use Discovery language in core classes and practice conflict mediation between peers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Below are two testimonials from the program showing our accomplishments:
- "Jose" went through the class during 2nd quarter and needed to obtain some after school employment. He went to a job interview at a local fast food restaurant. During the interview he had worn his Peer Leader hoodie. After the first question the employer asked him what the Peer Leader thing was all about. Jose explained the program, what he was taught and how he would be able to now conduct peer mediations. The employer was so impressed he hired him on the spot and didn't ask him another question. It really spoke to the accomplishment and respect of the program and Jose.
-In our Peer Leadership program, students were hand pick from the student body, to participate. These students were chosen based upon leadership capability and past behavior. Since 4th quarter is a traditionally hard time of the year for both students and teachers, we did not have many more "prime" candidates left to choose for the program. So, we went out on a limb and selected a few students who were leaders... historically not in a most positive or constructive way. One young lady we chose was "Stephanie". Stephanie is a natural leader; however she had had troubles in the past 3 quarters and could quite often become a force of opposition. Upon entering this class, we were pleased to report she turned around 110%. Stephanie became highly interested in the mediation process, and was very active in class. Her attendance was stable and consistent (1st hour too!!). She frequently lead class discussions and demonstrated an interest in making her school better. During the Peer Leadership class, Stephanie said to me, "We need to clean this school up" (referring to problem students, drama, gangs and fighting). Over the course of the class she worked and participated in every effort to realign JHS and build a better future for the school. During the mock mediation's, Stephanie successfully mediated 2 very difficult situations and never lost her cool once. She wanted to use hear new skills to do well at school. She has turned over a new leaf. She now feels empowered with a sense of responsibility for her school. This is a result of the Peer Leadership Program!! - JHSTeacher

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