May 3, 2019 | by Erineka Johnson
UL Students Make D.R.E.A.M.S Come True

A student organization is encouraging children to follow their D.R.E.A.M.S.

Treslyn Davenport, founder of The D.R.E.A.M project, is making it her mission to improve the quality of life for youth across Acadiana.

“D.R.E.A.M. is an acronym for Dedication, Resilience, Education, Aspiration and Motivation,” said Davenport.

These five words give an overview of the importance and goals of the organization. The D.R.E.A.M Project was created in order to teach young boys and girls the significance of ambition and self-worth. As a new organization on campus, Davenport said the organization is gaining the attention of many students and faculty. Members of The D.R.E.A.M Project host a variety of service based events such as clothing drives, workshops and extracurricular activities.

“When it was hurricane season and hurricane Harvey hit, we put together a relief drive for those affected in Lake Charles and Houston,” said Davenport. 

The D.R.E.A.M Project encourages students on campus to join the newly formed organization to fulfill its purpose by becoming a mentor to at-risk youth in the area and showcasing their Ragin’ Cajun pride. The project teaches youth how to create a life road map in order to help them on their journey to pursuing their goals.

“I feel like its making a really big impact on students and youth because it’s showing that students care and we are trying to make a difference,” said Davenport. 

 

According to the  chart from the National Mentoring Research Center , at-risk youth who are mentored are more likely to be enrolled in college than those who do not have a mentor. Youth who have mentors are twice as likely to become involved in extracurricular activities. Respondents who had a mentor said they are now interested in being mentors.

“We plan on hosting many events in the fall such as mentoring workshops, seminars and service projects for anyone who would like to join our organization and make a dream come true,” said Davenport.

The organization has hopes of improving membership by implementing multiple opportunities next semester for students to get involved and plans on partnering with other student organizations.

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