All Programs are currently being fully designed. We will add more details to this section by early 2019.
Dreamcatchers engages underserved students in Immokalee to help build aspirations by expanding their horizons and surrounding them with a multi-layered support system that stretches over 9 years of their adolescence and beyond. We help students become resilient, discover their passions, and learn the critical life skills they need to be successful in the future.
Our Program Model
Twenty students a year enter the program in the 6th grade and participate in annual program activities designed around our four pillars:
- Relationship Building
- Experiential Education
- Social and Emotional Development
- College and Career Readiness
As the program progresses over the course of nine years, our staff incorporates caring adult and peer mentors into all Dreamcatchers activities where each student receives individualized supports. Additionally, our programs are designed around both the student’s and the cohort’s developmental strengths and challenges.
Our program model has been adapted from Trekkers, Inc. and their evidence-based 10 Youth Programming Principles. They are as follows:
- Design Intentional Program Delivery Systems for Long Term Engagement
- Develop a Skilled Network of Caring Adults and Peer Mentors
- Apply a Comprehensive Approach to Youth Development Strategies
- Create Caring Support Networks
- Prioritize Informal Relationship Building with Youth
- Expand Horizons
- Embrace Student Voice & Choice
- Encourage Civic Responsibility
- Prepare Students for Success after High School
- Utilize Validated Assessment Tools to Promote Social-Emotional Development in Young People
Hallmarks to Raising Aspirations*:
- Provide Individualized Long-Term Mentoring and Support: Individualized mentoring and support gives students the confidence and knowledge to persevere through the academic, financial, and personal challenges that so often characterize the journey through college to a fulfilling and financially secure career.
- Foster a College Going Culture: From 6th grade on, help students value learning as a way to achieve their long-term goals.
- Map Multiple Pathways to Practical Post-Secondary Opportunities: Show students the steps needed to achieve their long-term goals, and help them track their progress and maintain focus. Promote internships and other workplace experiences to help students secure jobs after graduation.
- Build Academic Knowledge and Grit: Knowledge is the foundation of a postsecondary credential. Monitor students’ progress early, intervene when necessary, and keep them on a college trajectory.
- Teach Career and Leadership Skills: Help students acquire the non-academic “career” skills, like punctuality, perseverance, and teamwork, needed to turn academic knowledge into a secure, successful career.
- Ensure Financial Literacy and Understanding: The cost of a postsecondary credential is an unavoidable hurdle that all students must overcome. Financial literacy helps them navigate a viable path through college.