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Project Youth+ (formerly College Dreams)

  • Project Youth+ (formerly College Dreams)
  • 2158 NE Industry Drive
  • Grants Pass, OR 97526
  • 541-476-8146
  • Kim DeSimone
  • Program Director
  • 541-476-8146

Program Description

Project Youth+ (formerly College Dreams) promotes healthy youth development, academic excellence, and college preparation for students, especially those who face life challenges. College Dreams is an evidence-based program for engaging bright young people in typically underserved populations. We do this by providing our students, known as "Dreamers", with an on-site College Preparation Specialist (CPS) who works with students on a weekly or monthly basis providing activities and experiences centered around careers and college. Additionally, we go on college tours, provide college scholarships, help with college and scholarship applications, etc.

The Project Youth+ TRiO Talent Search Program started serving middle school and high school students in Grants Pass and Josephine County in the Fall of 2011. We provide the same services as the regular Project Youth+ program, but with a focus on students who are from low-income families, who will become the first college graduates in their families, and who are academically on track for college.

Success Stories

"Without them I didn't know what my future plans would be. They helped with everything!"

"I got the help I needed to get enrolled in college, and they helped me with some scholarships that will really help me in the future."

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1100
  • Middle School: 200
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon State University
  • Willamette University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 43%