What is DREAM?
Directing Results Through Educational and Academic Mentoring (DREAM) is a
staff/student program designed to help students reach educational and career
goals, as well as provide social and personal direction. Along with having
a strong alliance with Moraine Valley's Job Resource Center and Academic Skills
Center, this program provides that personalized touch that helps students
discover the right direction for a successful future.
Why should I become
involved in DREAM?
Attending college can be challenging as well as exciting: challenging because
you are making decisions about your future; exciting because you are entering a
new environment where academic and social achievement is possible.
How does the DREAM program
The DREAM program helps students overcome obstacles, share experiences and make
new friends. Students are paired with two other students who share the
same mentor. This gives students a chance not only to foster a
relationship with their mentor but with other students who are just like them.
Students are encouraged to interact with their mentor to develop a relationship
conducive to learning about college, themselves and their potential students.
This interaction provides students with ideas and knowledge about different
academic interests and enhances students' abilities to make the right choices
concerning college decisions. In addition, students are exposed to college
activities, workshops and support services.
What activities does DREAM
The DREAM program offers an opportunity for students to meet with mentors in a
nonthreatening atmosphere. Sometimes students and mentors coordinate free
or low-cost activities that may include having lunch
together, visiting on-campus cultural and social events, or just talking and
conversing about life/world events. At the end of every spring semester,
we also have our annual recognition banquet that celebrates the achievement of
our graduates and dedication of their mentors.
What is the mentor's role?
Moraine Valley faculty and staff mentors volunteer to serve as role models and
personal resources for multicultural students. Mentors provide their
students with ideas and challenging perspectives throughout their academic
careers, and help broaden the students' options and choices. In addition,
they assist students with personal and social issues that may arise at college.
How often do I meet with
The degree of mentor/mentee involvement is at the discretion of both
individuals. Staff/student relationships usually will vary in the amount
of time spent together based on the type of contact made during the beginning of
the program. We encourage mentors to contact their students and to
interact with them at least once every two weeks, if possible, in the form of a
personal visit, card, letter or phone call.
How do I get involved with
Visit Multicultural Student
Affairs or call (708) 974-5475.