Each student is paired with a personal tutor for the year and receives customized academic support.

At DreamCatchers, our middle school students receive outstanding academic support from Stanford and local high school students, who are eager to mentor and guide them through their schoolwork. Each student is paired with a personal tutor for the year, allowing them to develop a close mentoring relationship. Tutors set high expectations, serve as role models, and expose students to opportunities beyond middle school.

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Key stakeholders committed to each student's success extend our impact into a student's home and school day.

 Only together as a community can we close the opportunity gap for each of our students.

 

Classroom Teachers

Palo Alto teachers who see firsthand how each student learns, but who don't always have a way to share their wisdom outside of school.

Families

Parents who have big dreams and love for their children, but don't always have the education and resources necessary to help with their schoolwork.

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Young Leaders

Students from Stanford University and local high schools, who are eager for an opportunity to make a difference in their community.

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Education Experts

University faculty, master teachers, researchers, and Stanford graduate students who comprise our staff and board, guiding our strategic plan and goals.

 

Students and volunteers share their reflections.

Our Stanford student leaders, volunteer tutors, and DreamCatchers staff work together as an integrated team so that every student gets the support they need, when they need it.  

 
I love the support especially from the Stanford students. This is just a really great opportunity for me. Our classroom director, Miguel, he’s been an amazing guy.
— DreamCatchers Student
Every kid is getting service from so many different angles—from the counselors, the math teacher, the science teacher. The Program Director knows every parent and what every student is good at and struggles with. It’s incredible.
— Stanford Student Leader
So often times the student that comes into DreamCatchers is not the same student that comes out—simply because no one had really given them a chance before.
— DreamCatchers Classroom Director
I enjoy having teachers that understand me and help me in any way they can. Even if I am doing fine, they still check in on me. The support I get here has helped me become a better student, as well as a better person.
— DreamCatchers Student
DreamCatchers is the best place to be when you have a lot of homework. I feel really comfortable here and asking questions. The whole staff supports us. It’s been an amazing time here.
— DreamCatchers Student
We are very grateful for this program. The influence of our daughter’s tutors has inspired her to dream of being a professional and attending a university.
— DreamCatchers Parent

We're honored to be an award-winning organization.

City of Palo Alto Community Star Award

2009

U.S. Congress Special Recognition

2011

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Stanford Community Partnership Award

2012

Kiwanis Angel Award

2015

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