Congratulations to our 2014-2015
Dream UP! Essay Challenge winners!
- Lily Alai, Long Valley Middle School, Long Valley, N.J. – Dream job: occupational therapist (Teacher: Garrett LaBar)
- Alahji Barry, Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, Atlanta, Ga. – Dream job: neurosurgeon (Teacher: Naja Freeman)
- Hailey Carpenter, Coral Springs Middle School, Coral Springs, Fla. – Dream job: baker (Teacher: Suzanne Fronrath)
- Abby Gottesman, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Lexington, Ky. – Dream job: neuropsychologist (Teacher: Camellia Rizk)
- Sarah Tisinger, Leland Middle School, Leland, N.C. – Dream job: veterinary technician (Teacher: John Holleman)
Learn more… Read our latest news release!
Thank you, USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, for your partnership!
Office Depot Foundation Dream UP!
Career Exploration Program
Ask a group of middle school kids what they’d like to be when they grow up, and the answers might surprise you. How about a fighter pilot, a chemist or an automobile designer?
Thanks to the Office Depot Foundation Dream UP! Career Exploration Program, anything is possible! Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, this program seeks to address the alarming problem of middle school students dropping out of school.
By encouraging middle school students to begin to consider career opportunities, establish long-term goals and dream about what they might become in the future, the Dream UP! program represents a vitally important strategy that teachers and schools can use to keep students in the classroom, rather than losing them to the streets.
Since its introduction in 2009, approximately 120,000 young people in 29 states have examined future career opportunities through this free program, which seeks to address the alarming problem of middle school students dropping out of school. Throughout the curriculum, students read and analyze real-world information found in the print and online editions of USA TODAY. Guided by their teachers, they explore and research numerous career options that they discovered – and each student develops a career portfolio. The exploration process leads the students to a highly meaningful assignment: to craft an essay about their “Dream Job.” The best essays are judged in a national Essay Challenge and five winners are given the opportunity to live their dreams for a day!
To learn more about the Dream UP! Program, click here.
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