DREAM to SUCCEED
Latino High School College, Life, and Career Readiness Program
"Dream to Succeed"
A program provided by Casa Guadalupe Education Center for Latino families that helps West Bend, Hartford, and Kewaskum High School youth:
* Identify multiple career opportunities
* Identify personal academic strengths
*Set educational goals to support their career choices
* Learn interview skills
* Identify sources of financial support for post secondary education opportunities
* Connect with professional mentors
*Tour local businesses and educational institutions
United Way of Washington County and
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation
for helping to fund this program!
This year we hosted over 40 professionals from surrounding communities, along with 60 Dream to Succeed students from Kewaskum, Hartford Union and West Bend High Schools for the 2018 Breakfast with a Professional event. This event provided an opportunity for the student participants to get a first-hand experience with social networking. Thank you to both the professionals, students, staff at the high schools, and staff at Casa that were able to attend to make this event such a huge success!
Dream to Succeed
Jocelyn Martinez is currently a senior at West Bend West High School and participated in our first year of the “Dream to Succeed” program during the 2015-2016 school year, along with her mother, Guadalupe Tapia. Both of them learned a lot about post secondary education and different ways to pay for college. They have seen immense value and benefit in participating in the program, and would love to see it continued for more Latino students and families in the future.
Jocelyn shares that she benefitted most from learning about “financial aid, because I did not know what FAFSA was and how or when to sign up in order to receive some money to pay for college. After learning more about financial aid it made me less scared of how I was going to be able to pay for college.”
Her favorite session during the school year so far, “was when Sandra Torres (bilingual journalist and news anchor for Telemundo Wisconsin) came and talked about where she came from and how she achieved her goals to become a news reporter even through her life was a struggle she never gave up. After attending, she gave me hope that I too will achieve my dream of becoming a child psychiatrist as long as I push myself to do more than my limit and to study hard in school.”
Jocelyn is very interested in going to college after graduation and would like to study a career in child psychology. She says, “The Dream to Succeed program has opened my eyes into thinking more about my future and how it is important to stay in school and to get good grades so we can be successful in life. This program offered many opportunities with different colleges that I was able to learn more about how much they all cost and what majors they offer, which helps me pick what college is the best for me and the career of my dreams.”
She would recommend the Dream to Succeed program to other students because “this program helps you out a lot from learning about financial aid to touring colleges, planning your future and skills that we should have which will benefit us in our future. The opportunities you receive from this program are amazing. I really thank the people who take their time to plan things because not everyone would take us to tour colleges/hospitals or try to have people to come in and talk to students like me.”
Jocelyn’s mother, Guadalupe, enjoys having her in the program. She shares, “I feel that she will gain information that will help guide her with her future. Jocelyn has learned about the many opportunities that are available to her and has enjoyed visiting these different colleges. I feel that my daughter is being motivated and encouraged by the people involved in the program. This is a great program because it provides information and encourages students to strive for success. I hope that the students that are attending the program actually take advantage by incorporating what they learn into their future plans.