Iowa State University
D.R.E.A.M.S. stands for Developing Responsible, Educated, and Aware Multicultural Scholars. This program was developed this past fall semester by the Omicron chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. in collaboration with the Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Project D.R.E.A.M.S. is designed around the three key principles of Responsibility, Education, and Awareness.
After considerable research, we have selected Perry High School in Perry, Iowa as our pilot school. Our target audience consists of all Perry High School students, freshmen through seniors, who can benefit from such a program. We are currently working with Perry High School to identify the 25 students who we will be working with.
The state of Iowa has been suffering from a having a low multicultural representation in its higher education institutes. Perry, which has a high Hispanic and African American population, has been particularly affected by this. The average household income and the percentage of population with a bachelor's degree in Perry are both below state average.
1- Responsibility: motivate the students to become agents of change in their community. The students will design and implement a community service project targeting a specific social problem in Perry, IA.
2- Education: motivate the students to pursue higher education. This will be achieved through a bi-weekly mentoring program, where the students will learn about the value of college education, and about available resources that can help them afford it.
3- Awareness: prepare the students' mindset so that they can realize their full potential once they are in college. Students will be exposed to a series of interesting topics, including the importance of diversity, and early career planning.
Long Term Vision:
Project D.R.E.A.M.S. was designed to be a sustainable program that can be easily implemented in a network of high schools nationwide, by different SLB chapters. We aspire to inspire a future generation of multicultural leaders who can positively impact our communities.
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