Student Application

Ford Dimension and Dream Builders Student Leadership Program

We are updating our 2021 Application and will have it posted in November. An Information Night with our current student leaders will be held virtually.

Please reach out with any questions to Katie Werdel at
Cumulative GPA requirement: Minimum 3.8



BCHS: Carissa Cady
BHS: Andrea Aguilar
Centennial: Andy Muro
East: Jonny Duenas
Foothill: Amy Poochigian
Frontier: JJ Conley
Garces: Denise Limi
Golden Valley: Valerie Black 
Highland:  Miguel Ramirez
Independence: Alicia Martinez 
Liberty: Brooke Slayton
Mira Monte: Sal Gochez
North: Danielle Farrell
Ridgeview: Sal Garcia
South: Irene Ramey
Stockdale:  Lisa Hance
West: Patti Coughlin



Typically, approximately 200 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.

Candidate Selection Process

More information coming soon

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.

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 include CAPK Chief Program Officer Traco Matthews, educator Dr. Lakesha Ray, FOMOCO Henry Ford III, community hero Blaine Hodges as well as alumni Renee Massey, Katie Werdel, Chad Manning and George Hay.


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!

Corporate Sponsors for the Class of 2020

Nothing is possible without the ever-present support of our community.

  • Aera Energy Logo, Corporate Sponsor, Jim Burke Education Foundation

  • Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Logo, Corporate Sponsor, Jim Burke Education Foundation

  • The Garlic Company Logo, Corporate Sponsor, Jim Burke Education Foundation

  • Jim Burke Education Foundation, Bank of the Sierra, CONTACT MIKIE HAY 661-328-3691 Bakersfield


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