"I Have A Dream" Oregon's Class 10 program has been working with a cohort of 51 low-income students since they were in third grade to provide academic support, caring mentors, college and career exploration, college prep, and wrap-around social services. The majority of the cohort is preparing to enter their senior year of high school. After high school graduation, each student receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education as well as continued support on their college journey.
Not only was Istella the first in her family to graduate high school, but she did so an entire year early! She takes her education extremely seriously and was committed to her goal of graduating high school in three years. She has been actively involved in our program since the third grade attending college visits, going on career exploration visits at a local hospital, and participating in college prep workshops. In the fall, Istella will attend Portland Community College as a part of their Future Connect Scholarship program which offers financial assistance, career guidance, and personal advising. Istella plans to transfer to a four-year college in order to one day reach her ultimate goal of becoming a physician.