Dream-Catchers Program Looking for Mentors, Role Models

Posted: October 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

The Dream-Catchers program is in need of mentors and role models to help alternative education students continue schooling into college. The program is a university-wide partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) system to help support and identify capable at-risk students who can attend George Mason. Now in its fifth year, the program is coordinated by Jane Razeghi, Graduate School of Education, and Teresa Zutter, FCPS.

Dream-Catchers pairs each student with a mentor—faculty and staff members from George Mason, who volunteer about two hours a month attending orientation activities, interacting with the student through telephone or e-mail conversations, and participating in mentor network meetings and social functions.

For faculty or staff interested in helping shape a student’s future career, the Dream-Catchers program has a role model component. Role models are matched to students who have expressed an interest in a field or career direction the role model is involved in. This gives the student a real-world perspective on their interests. Work-world role models can participate by arranging student visits to the workplace or organizing presentations at alternative education sites (on-campus and work-world settings).

Dream-Catchers mentors and role models believe that every person has the right to pursue one’s dreams and to better oneself through continued knowledge and skill development, according to Razeghi.

For more information or to participate in the program, contact Razeghi at 703-993-2055 or jrazeghi@gmu.edu.

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