Posting: Become a Vista Maria DREAM Mentor

January 7, 2020

 What does DREAM stand for:

Dreams Realized through Education And Mentoring

DREAM Purpose

The DREAM mentoring program envisions every youth who participates will be paired with a mentor that assists them in improving academically, exploring post secondary options and establishing a trusting relationship with an adult. We want every DREAM participant to reach their full potential and make meaningful, informed and responsible decisions regarding their future. DREAM mentors will serve as a source of inspiration, guidance, and support.

DREAM offers students mentoring, training, support and advocacy, in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Students work with mentors to develop short and long-term education goals and build their skills in the following core areas:

• Critical thinking

• Reading comprehension

• Public speaking

• Goal setting and attainment

• Self-advocacy

• Career planning

• College preparation

• Studying

Time Commitment:

DREAM mentors meet with their mentee once every other week, on Tuesdays for one-on-one mentoring or Thursdays for group mentoring.

 DREAM Mentor Requirements

  • Mentors must pass criminal background check
  • Mentors must be able to attend evening session, every other Tuesday or Thursday
  • Communicate with your mentee weekly via e-mail, phone, text
  • Make a commitment of one school year, from October - June
  • Attend a mentor orientation provided by DREAM

 Mentor Required Documents

  • Volunteer Application
  • Negative Tuberculosis Screening Test Results
  • Department of Human Services Clearance
  • Image Consent Form

 Who are the DREAM Mentees

Youth that participate in the program are 11-18 years old that are residents of Wayne County. Mentees that participate in DREAM must be serious about receiving academic support and working one-on-one with a mentor to accomplish their goals.

Matching Process

During the first DREAM session, mentors and mentees will be informed of the ground rules, introduced to the mentees, and will be engaged in hands-on activities. Upon the feedback received from the mentees and mentors, matches are tentatively set. There is no pressure to pair up with any particular mentee. Once a match is made, the mentor, mentee and the parent/guardian will receive background information as well as contact information from the mentor coordinator regarding their new match.


As a mentor you will be given the syllabus for the year, lesson plans prior to each week’s session and instructions. The expectation of a mentee is that they will perform the tasks given to them at each session with the assistance of the mentor.

Meeting Location

Vista Maria

20651 W. Warren Avenue

Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Start Date and Time for 2019/2020 is currently TBD. Please contact Angelique Felder for more information.

Contact Person:

Angelique Felder

313.271.3050 ext. 194

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