In 1987, a group of community leaders recognized the severity of the school dropout problem and its impact on the quality of life in Greeley. Most importantly, this group recognized the need to have a community-wide approach to create continued, sustainable change. Thus, The Greeley Dream Team, Inc. was formed.
The dropout problem is not exclusively educational, but one that impacts several socio-economic elements for students. Research has identified many reasons for this, though school attendance, achievement, and poverty emerge as the primary causes. The Greeley Dream Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves more than 1,350 students in Greeley-Evans School District 6 at five high schools, four middle schools, and three K-8 schools. These students are supported and backed from the moment they enter sixth grade until they graduate high school and for the first two years of their college experience.
“The Greeley Dream Team works hard to ensure the success of each student. Through the services provided to me, I was able to reach my goals. I am thankful for having the opportunity to be a part of a program that provides such great support to their community." - Moriah A., Class of 2006
Advisors are physically stationed at Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado but work collaboratively with students in those crucial first two years of college regardless of their location. Funding and support for the organization go to a variety of programs to mentor and empower today’s youth to transition to college and become leaders.
In the pre-collegiate program, students have access to:
- workshops to better understand and tackle challenges
- field trips to explore career paths and college options
- tutors to improve academic performance
- one-on-one counseling and support with academic advisors
"I have been fortunate to have support systems and resources like I had in The Greeley Dream Team at Greeley West to be there to support me and even provide a push and guidance when needed. I am very grateful for The Greeley Dream Team for providing that initial support throughout middle and high school to really set me up for success and teach me to use the resources provided to me in all my future endeavors!” -Royer L., Class of 2011
The Alumni Program is the next step in a Dream Team student's educational journey to ensure post-secondary retention, college graduation, and workforce readiness. It provides comprehensive academic support to students achieving their higher education goals and assists in keeping students on track to graduate on time with a post-secondary degree. Further, alumni are provided with the opportunity to participate in an annual alumni event, share their story, advocate for fellow Dream Team students, volunteer, provide a monetary donation, or come back to Dream Team to serve as a tutor.
"Dream Team has taught me from a young age that I can do anything I want in life, so long as I work hard and take advantage of opportunities. It provided me with a family, one I can depend on for guidance, support, confidence, and so much more." -Rebeca R., Class of 2020