Monthly Archives: July 2012

Volunteers needed: Career Bingo

We are excited that our National Dreamer Conference is just a few weeks away! We have several volunteer opportunities available, including a fun networking practice activity that should be easy for professionals to participate in over lunch.

“Career Bingo”
When: Thursday, July 19, Noon-1:15 p.m.
Location: Hubbell Dining Hall, Drake University

Help Dreamers practice networking skills by participating as a professional in our “Career Bingo” game. Eat lunch and mingle with the teens, sharing some stories from your own college and career journey. The students will try to meet professionals with experiences that match descriptions from a “Bingo” sheet. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Note: Please plan to pay for your own lunch, which should run about $7.50.
Free parking is available in the Olmsted lot on University Avenue, just east of 31st Street.

RSVP: If you are able to volunteer, please contact the Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation by reaching Brianne Sanchez: or 271-1974.

About the Conference:

The Des Moines “I Have A Dream” Foundation is proud to host the 11th annual National Dreamer Conference, which brings together students supported by “I Have A Dream” programs nationwide. Middle school and high school Dreamers from across the country will gather at Drake University to participate in three days of workshops focusing on college and career readiness.
Dreamers will interact with college professors, local professionals, current students, speakers, and Dreamer alumni who have achieved their college goals, and engage in conversation about how to achieve their dreams.
Students receive a reading list and come prepared to participate in seminars on college selection, career options, leadership, decision making, and public speaking. Dreamers leave having experienced life on a college campus. This time spent immersed in the college environment helps the students to envision their academic futures. They return home inspired and equipped with the tools needed to be personally successful


Summer school open house

Summer school came to a close on Friday, with an open house for parents, mentors and community members. We even had a member of the media stop by!

The Dreamers shared poster presentations of their nonfiction projects, which were a lesson not only in the topic they chose to study, but also in time management and meeting deadlines. It was important for all of the projects to be done in time for the presentation. Topics ranged from alternative energy creation to careers in fashion and beauty to babysitting tips to marine biology and how to fix cleft palates. Our students have an eclectic range of interests!

Among the Dreamers, the most anticipated element of the open house was the chess tournament, which culminated in a championship game.

Everyone circled up around Warvae and Jaleel, the final contenders. The room was shockingly silent as the boys battled it out, and then erupted into hoots and hollers when Jaleel was named victor.

He got to take home his own chess set as a prize!

Summer school capped off with a pulled pork lunch for students and our visitors, and for the 20 who completed the attendance requirement, a trip to Adventureland.

Read more about Dreamer Summer School on our blog.

Read more about chess club on our blog.

See many more photos from the poster presentations and chess on our Flickr stream.

A huge thanks to Wells Fargo for a grant that helps us produce summer school, and to our friends at ABC 5 and Bankers Trust for the “One Classroom at a Time” grant that we’re using to make this session possible.

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