Since 1995, the local I Have a Dream program has teamed children from low-income neighborhoods with sponsors, mentors and staff members who could help those students succeed.
As Southwest Washington’s I Have a Dream nears the end of its run, other initiatives have stepped up to help local teens complete high school and then continue their educations. And a couple of them have some Dreamer DNA.
The Penguin Promise is a partnership among the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Clark College, the Clark College Foundation and community donors.
In Vancouver Public Schools, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is using a federal grant to help a big share of its Class of 2017 stay on track.