Student Application Process

FOR The Ford Dimension and Dream Builders Student Leadership Program

Student Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10th at Noon
Cumulative GPA requirement: Minimum 3.8

Typically approximately 185 students apply for the opportunity to represent the youth of our community on the Ford Dimension-Dream Builder student leadership board. The final selection of 32 achieving students is based on a point system involving the entire pool of candidates, not individual high schools. Some years there is not a representative from every school. In the case of a tie in points there will be a second interview. The final selection of student leaders will be announced in early May.

Application Process Timeline

Application Due January 10th at noon

 Week of January 15th:  Applications screened. Reference calls made.

 Week of January 22nd: Announcement of 125 students selected for a personal interview.

 January 30th – February 28th: Candidate interviews at 17 high schools

 Sunday, April 8th Tentative date: Ice Cream Social at 4pm

 May 1st: Announcement of new board members

Jim Burke Education Foundation History


In 2003, Ford Dimension Alumni along with the Jim Burke Education Foundation created the Dream Builders leadership program for achieving high school seniors. This year-long program focuses on civic responsibility, life skills, and leadership development through the creation of significant community service projects.  Since its inception Dream Builder student leaders have developed 57 civic projects.

More History!
Student Application Monday Meetings


Dream Builder and Ford Dimension students attend biweekly, Monday night meetings designed to develop leadership, character, communication and career building skills. Socktober (pictured above) is the kick-off meeting for their annual socks drive for the needy. 

Community and business leaders are a key part of most meetings. This year guest speakers will be Monsignor Craig Harrison, Police Chief Lyle Martin, physical fitness trainer Diana Mestmaker, educator Dr. Lakesha Ray as well as alumni Renee Massey, Katie Werdel and George Hay.

School Contacts

BCHS: Carissa Cady
BHS: Tiffany Alvidrez
Centennial: Andy Muro
East: Erin James
Foothill: Raelyn Ruffas
Frontier: JJ Conley
Garces: Denise Limi
Golden Valley: Patricia Janousek 
Highland:  Kim Hobbs
Independence: Nicole Adame 
Liberty: Brooke Slayton
Mira Monte: Salvador Gochez
North: Alison Toy
Ridgeview: Sal Garcia
South: Irene Ramey
Stockdale:  Lisa Hance
West: Patti Coughlin


Over the past ten years the corporate-youth teams have developed service projects focusing on identified needs within our community. Jim Burke Education Foundation, making a difference!


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