Founded in 2009, the Dare to Dream: Get Educated program is about getting middle school and high school Latinas educated. The program encourages and supports the efforts of Latinas to graduate from high school, to encourage enrollment, and to introduce them to college and career role models.
This year’s Dare to Dream event is at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Guest speakers include State Representative Kathleen Willis, State Representative Karina Villa, Deputy Governor Sol Flores, Diana Diaz-Espindola, Vanesa Sanchez, Elizabeth Gomez, Teresita Marsal-Avila, Dr. Eiliana Silva, and Monica Lopez who will address issues ranging from Career and Campus Life to Financial Aid.
Twenty schools have been invited to participate and 300 students are expected to attend.
Joseph Baar Topinka will be attending the event to speak about Judy Baar Topinka and to be available to sign copies of Just Judy, A Citizen and Leader for Illinois. The book is a perfect fit for Dare to Dream: Get Educated as the book was originally designed for middle-school students and junior high school students. Judy Baar Topinka can be one of those career role models. Copies of Just Judy will be handed out to each student attending. Over 300 students are expected to attend this incredible event.