Harvesting Dreams was designed to enhance a sense of inclusion, and increase retention, personal, academic, and career success of African American males attending Illinois Central College. The program model embraces the idea that retention will be increased when African American males develop a sense of community by having the availability of African American males as mentors and role models on campus. It is our belief that students will feel more competent and utilize more resources to increase academic success such as advising, mentoring, community, and college involvement.
Harvesting Dreams assists students in the successful transition through the academic process and development of African American male students. The program increases personal, professional, and social skills by offering opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and examine the issues and challenges facing African American males through the annual African American male conference.
The program meets weekly and provides students guest speakers from the community, businesses, staff, and faculty. These meetings augment personal, academic, and career success. Many local businesses offer students employment opportunities. Our case management and intrusive advisement gives students assistance with academic survival, transfer, and basic college requirements for completion.
Academic coaches serve as mentors that monitor and refer students to ICC’s academic resources such as the Learning Labs, tutorial services, and one-on one advisement appointments. Our coaches also refer, and monitor students to tutorial services. Students participate in college activities as well as those in the community and make presentations at grade schools, high schools and other colleges.
Harvesting Dreams also has its own radio talk & TV show and provides staff training, and classroom and community presentations regarding student success.
African American Male Conference
Radio & TV show