Introducing the Achieving the Dream DREAMbassadors

Four students earn the opportunity to positively shape the student success and completion agenda across the country through a new student ambassador pilot program

Silver Spring, MD (November 2, 2012) – Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success and completion, today announced the four students selected to serve as DREAMbassadors in a new student ambassador pilot program. The students will be at the Achieving the Dream headquarters through Saturday for orientation and development training.

As DREAMbassadors, these students will have the opportunity to positively shape the student success and completion agenda across the country and engage directly in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network’s efforts to help more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in college and earn a certificate or degree.

“These student voices will be instrumental in engaging more students nationwide in the student completion movement,” said Mia Ramos, Assistant Director of Programs at Achieving the Dream. “They will achieve this largely through Achieving the Dream’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I believe this will be a formative experience for them; allowing them the opportunity to grow and develop as professionals, all while having the platform to help shape the future of community college students across the country.”

During their term of service, which is the 2012-2013 academic year, DREAMbassadors will complete various milestones and collaborate with Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College to contribute to the Community College Completion Corps (C4) work on their respective campuses.

At the end of their service, the DREAMbassadors will present a workshop on their learnings and ideas for improving student success at DREAM 2013, Achieving the Dream’s annual meeting on student success that brings together nearly 1,500 influential policy-makers, thought-leaders, and practitioners from nearly 200 institutions and 32 states who are dedicated to closing achievement gaps and helping more community college students succeed. In addition, as participants in this pilot program, they will help to inform the development of a full-scale DREAMbassador Program.

Upon successful completion of the program, each DREAMbassador will receive a $1,000 Completion Award to help them complete their degrees or certificates and enter the workforce or to transfer to four-year institution. 

 

Meet the 2012-2013 DREAMbassadors

Achieving the Dream, Inc.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With nearly 200 colleges, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. To learn more, visit www.AchievingtheDream.org.

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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