Connect NU Undergraduates to CPS Students (Supplies For Dreams)
Who Are We?
Supplies For Dreams (SFD) is a Northwestern organization founded by undergraduates in 2009. We aim to bridge the educational resource gap present in the Chicago Public Schools system (CPS) by providing students with critical resources and extra-curricular opportunities ranging from basic school supplies to field trips and one-on-one mentoring. Our three programs—Dream Drive, Academic Enrichment, and Award-a-Field Trip—are dedicated to addressing both the physical and the intangible “supplies” that we feel are inherently needed to enable a kid’s dreams. We aim to spark the curiosity of students by leading them on mission-based trips with student and local business volunteers as chaperones, and to broaden their worldview by exposing them to different cultures and the opportunities that their community can provide them.
Our “Kids to Campus” trips, headed by our Award-a-Field Trip program, bring CPS students to our Northwestern community. Kids to Campus trips strengthen and support the internal Northwestern community by connecting a diverse set of student groups to one another, and by providing an experiential teaching opportunity for undergraduates to share the importance and impacts of their organization and personal passions.
These trips are a great way for Northwestern to encourage a common goal of connectivity across its highly diverse groups. Each Kids to Campus trip ties together four student organizations—ranging from improv groups like Titanic to science clubs like the Undergraduate Chemistry Council—in order to portray the diversity of options available to CPS students in their futures. By being able to host four Kids to Campus trips, SFD would be able to connect twelve different student organizations with one another, creating a stronger Northwestern community and championing undergraduate students in order to help them share their talents and knowledge to make an impact on the community at large.
Last year during Kids to Campus trips, students participated in an eclectic mix of activities with undergraduate volunteers. The students spent time with an undergraduate improv group learning the ropes of the comedic form, explored creative expression with a prominent dance crew, and took part in a chemistry experiment led by a Northwestern professor—complete with explosions and foaming beakers.
How You Can Help!
In order to expand these programs so more students can get the opportunity to find that right push, we need help in raising $2,000. A contribution at any level will allow us double the number of trips we hosted last year, therefore doubling the connections fostered, experiential learning opportunities available, and ties to our Chicago community.