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Dare to Dream is sponsored by the Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with WSU College Access and Transition Programs and the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). AWSP administers a 0.5 credit for the successful completion of each academy through the Principals’ Student Learning Center. Incoming 11th and 12th-grade students will receive science or math credit, while incoming 9th and 10th-grade students will attend the Hero’s Journey Academy (Exploring Your Future). The academies are seven days in length and will be held at four universities across Washington state: Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, and Washington State University. The partnership will serve over 600 high school students working through intensive programming where students are totally immersed in the subject areas.

The hands-on introduction to sciences, math, engineering, and self-development content builds an academic identity and confidence in students. Academic skills gained during the Dare to Dream Academies help students develop career visions and frame the importance of high school performance. In addition, current WSU students serve as Peer Mentors throughout their academic activities.

Learning Outcomes:

Dare to Dream  Academies focuses on the following specific components:

  1. Enhance academic skills in the areas of science and math.
  2. Provide opportunities to engage in highly impactful experiences in the areas of math and science on a university campus.
  3. Conduct career exploration and provide opportunities to learn about programs of study in the STEM areas.
  4. Develop a sense of belonging and facilitate opportunities for participants to connect with mentors.
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Dare to Dream is 100% state-funded through the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.



Our Team


Josefina Galván-Barajas
Student Success Manager – Dare to Dream
The Commons, 2nd Floor – Room 206