“Being a Dream Leader means you will go out of your way to help others in need, to help others who without you would be left alone to deal with their problems, to look at the world with open eyes and open hands, to inspire millions of people who are pushed aside, abused, and neglected because of their race, social class, and disabilities, to inspire a world unlike any other- a world more like a dream.”
~ George Lopez, Senior, Morgan Park High School
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Dream Leaders unites at-risk youth and those with disabilities with their peers and provides them the opportunity to help others who are less fortunate.
It is a program hailed as, “revolutionary,” “brilliant,” “stunning,” “breathtakingly innovative,” and “world changing,” by scholars and world leaders such as the delegates to the KIN Global Summit. The Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University recently honored Dreams For Kids as its Innovative Nonprofit of 2010.
Instead of being given charity, isolated youth are reminded they have something to give and are empowered by the opportunity to serve others. No longer seen as the problem, they become the solution and the change they wish to see in the world.
In our 20 module after school leadership service learning curriculum, students learn the basics of entrepreneurship skills in banking, finance, internet technology, marketing, social media, in addition to enhancing leadership, job, and life skills.
Individuals and companies can adopt a single youth leader or an entire 10 youth Dream Leaders group and be an active participant in this life and community changing program. Your youth/group will pay forward your generosity in their service work and impact project, and you and your family members and fellow employees can assist them by mentoring or engaging in workshop and community activities with them. Click here for more information on how you can adopt a leader today!
There are a variety of ways that schools/administrators can get involved in our Dream Leader program. Schools/Administrators can introduce the program to their students and have them form a club/group, or they can extend on invitation to existing clubs/groups to join. There is also an option of having individual students join the program and connecting them with a Dreams For Kids staffer to help guide them through the curriculum. Teacher and school administrators,enroll your school today!
Facilitators/Volunteers also have several exciting ways to get involved with Dream Leaders depending on their availability. Facilitators and volunteers can met twice a month with a Dream Leaders group and help guide students through the curriculum. Or you could help out the Dream Leaders with their volunteer work and impact project. Enroll to lead today!
Students are welcome to introduce Dream Leaders into their school and form a club, or into any existing clubs/programs they are involved in. Individual students are also encouraged to join Dream Leaders and a dedicated Dreams For Kids staffer will be made available to help guide them through the program.
Through our Dream Leaders Conferences, Dream Leader Facilitators lead a diverse group of teenagers through an action-packed day of leadership training, cultural and global issue awareness, and Take Action skill building. Through this dynamic program, we help students create collaborative projects which serve both their local and global communities.
In addition to supporting teens to help others, Dream Leaders also focuses on breaking down stereotypes and social barriers. By bringing together youth from every race, background, ability, and religion, we are creating a space where discrimination is replaced by the celebration of our common humanity.
Here are just some of the benefits of Dream Leaders:
- Improves self-esteem and self-efficacy
- Enhances leadership skills
- Breaks down barriers between youth and parents of different race, socio-economic backgrounds, ability, religion, and gender
- Engages teenagers and their parents in ongoing community service opportunities
- Educates teenagers on social issues affecting their local and global communities (including the Millennium Development Goals)