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Dare To Dream Inspires Latinas to Make Big Plans

Dare To Dream Inspires Latinas to Make Big Plans

January 2019 marked the 11th year for the Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conference, which received an $8,500 Community Needs grant, partially funded by the Donor-Advised Fund for Needy Children. This conference brought 278 middle-school Latina girls and 232 parents or mentors to the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage to learn about setting goals and the lifelong economic and personal value of higher education. Applying for college, financial aid, and career opportunities were also discussed by students and their adult mentors. Four DuPage-area American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches work with the Regional Office of Education and local school districts to design the program. More than 100 volunteers work to present the conference and provide follow-up contact with the students. Evaluations consistently show that attendees believe the conference has a positive impact on them. In addition, $1,000 scholarships are made available to Dare to Dream attendees who are graduating in 2019.