This semester, approximately 23,000 students attending more than 90 schools in 14 states are setting their sights on the future by participating in the Dream UP Program. It was announced by Office Depot Foundation on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The program is offered to middle school teachers at no cost by the Office Depot Foundation − an independent, non-profit foundation that serves as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) – in collaboration with the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation.
Since its introduction in 2009, approximately 90,000 young people have examined future career opportunities through the Dream UP program, which seeks to address the alarming problem of middle school students dropping out of school.
Using the Dream UP project-based curriculum, students study current workplace trends, reading and analyzing the latest industry news from USA TODAY to identify career opportunities and understand professional requirements.
Schools select the best essays to submit to the national Dream UP Essay Challenge and, each semester, several student winners are given the opportunity to live their “dream job” for a day.
In the picture above: Coral Springs (Florida) Middle School student Samantha Bonnin visits Florida Atlantic University for her Dream UP “Dream Job” experience.