Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project Receives a $10,000 Grant to Help High Desert Youth Achieve College Completion

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By Staff Reports

(Victorville) – Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project of the High Desert has received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Foundation Hospital/Health Plan to provide mentors for High Desert youth leading to successful college completion.

Founded in 2009, Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project’s (DVL) mission is to recognize and celebrate the multicultural contributions made to our American history. This is accomplished by honoring local High Desert citizens, historic/iconic figures and citizens from neighboring areas for their professional accomplishments and community service. In 2013, the Legacy Scholarship Program was established to build and maintain the legacies of these extraordinary High Desert Citizens through the awarding of scholarships to youth in our community.

The grant from Kaiser Foundation Hospital/Health Plan enables DVL to expand our mentors program to 20 High Desert youth enrolled in four year colleges or universities. Mentors will provide encouragement and guidance throughout the students’ college experience and help them stay the course to complete their college education. Many of these students are the first in their families to pursue an education beyond high school. Although there have been many efforts focused on helping youth earn their high school diplomas, this is the first investment of its kind to keep High Desert youth in college. Grant funds will also enable DVL to help more of our community’s youth learn about available college scholarships and how to apply for them.

“This grant will help us continue to lift up our High Desert youth as they stand on the shoulders of others who have successfully navigated the college experience and can share their wisdom and knowledge. All of our mentors are leaders in our very own community,” said Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, Founder of Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project.

“Kaiser Permanente has a social mission to improve the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Resch-Silvestri, Senior Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente in San Bernardino County. “Strong partners, such as Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders, help us realize that mission.”

DVL is a non-profit affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation. To support this work, visit our website at dvlproject.com. Contributions can also be mailed directly to:

Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders Project

c/o High Desert Community Foundation

Post Office Box 2028, Apple Valley, CA 92307

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law

About Kaiser Hospital Foundation

Kaiser Hospital Foundation provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the following needs among vulnerable populations: Access to Care, Chronic Conditions, Mental Health and Economic Instability.

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