In the fall of 1987, a group of community leaders in District 6 recognized the dropout problem and how it isn’t just an educational problem but a socioeconomic one as well. To support students facing those challenges, that group of leaders gathered to form The Greeley Dream Team.

The following founders participated in the video interview for our 30th Anniversary …

  • Timothy Waters, the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Superintendent in 1987
  • Pres Montoya, member of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education in 1987
  • Richard Bond, Member of the Colorado General Assembly in 1987
  • Anthony Carvajal, Professor at UNC

…however, founding the Dream Team was an effort of a huge team! See the original Steering Committee and Board of Directors below. (Any omission is simply human error and not a reflection of one’s participation.)

An image containing the list of the 54 members of the Original Steering Committee and the original 25 Board members.

Modeling their vision on the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, the Dream Team founders initially set out to follow 200 sixth graders for seven years until their high school graduation, providing mentoring along the way. At the end of their Dream Team journey, every student who completed high school would receive a Dream Team scholarship of up to $2,000 for college or other post-secondary training.

During that time, the founders realized that the distant reward of a scholarship one day was not enough to foster success for at-risk students. So, they worked hard to support bolstering the Dream Team program to ensure these students could have a robust, frequent system of support throughout middle and high school.

With that in mind, The Greeley Dream Team applied for expansion into the Educational Talent Search Program, a federally funded TRIO initiate designed to encourage students to both graduate from high school and attend a post-secondary institution. Through this grant, Academic Advisors were assigned to support these students in Greeley-Evans School District 6 schools.

Now, 35 years later, Dream Team programming has expanded to support over 1,600 students every year, supporting them from their induction in sixth grade to their high school graduation and beyond.

in middle and high school and supported with one-on-one and group meetings to support their educational success, college preparation, and career readiness. These students get paired with an Advisor and are provided with opportunities for tutoring, workshops, field trips, financial aid assistance, college admissions help, and more. Once they graduate from high school, Dream Team students transition into the Alumni Program, where they continue to receive the same support, this time at a college level.

The Greeley Dream Team also continues to support students with scholarships, providing over half a million dollars to nearly 400 students.

The Greeley Dream Team serves students at the following schools:

Middle Schools:

K-8 Schools:

High Schools:

 

Want to learn more as Dream Teams approaches its 35th Anniversary?