PROJECT DREAM INCORPORATED
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Location: 670 Dixieanne Ave % Kate Bishop Sacramento CA 95815 USA
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I have been a business partner with Project DREAM since it's inception several years ago. DREAM stands for Developing Resiliency through Education, the Arts and Mentoring, and serves youth in the Twin Rivers Unified School District geographic footprint. This tends to be a low income, under-served population with many financial needs, and lack of resources. I've learned so much through my involvment with the Project: about children that have never been outside their immediate neighborhoods, never having experienced the ocean; about parents without family photos because they can't afford them; about homeless kids trying to make it into college; about children without warm clothes in winter, or the basic school supplies etc. Project DREAM works hard to keep these kids in school, excite them about getting an education and dreaming about their futures. The best testimonial to the work of this group is the dedication of the board members - Advisory and Executive. Most work in the area, and then dedicate their personal time to continuing to improve the lives of the children in the community by active participation in Project DREAM, including personal donations. This group believes they can make a difference in these children's lives and put their put up their own sweat and financial resources to create change. It has been awesome to see the smiles on the kids faces when jumping over a wave for the first time, experiencing the Tolerance Museum,learning to play the violin, or simply getting to attend a camp outside of their neighborhood. After reading the book "Blind Side" I am convinced these experiences make a differenc in a child's ability to maneauver in today's world.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
hearing the thanks from the children and parents, reading their letter of appreciation and seeing their smiles!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find more funding to influence the lives of these children away from the streets and into success through education.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
knowing I am making a difference in the lives of kids that may not otherwise graduate from school, or that could get involved with the wrong groups. They are so appreciative of every opportunity.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
always top notch, committed and professional. These people give professionally and of their personal time and funds as well. They truly filter their work through the lens of what is best for the children.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
provide the resources to make sure every child had food, clothes and a rich and varied educational experience.
Ways to make it better...
there were more funds available!
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
the lack of funds. There are already many good, good people involved and committed to making a difference. There just isn't enough money in the bank!
One thing I'd also say is that...
usually the children in the lower income communities don't get the same rich experience of more affluent neighborhoods. This impacts their ability to be successful, and creates a disparity that encourages kids to drop out of school altogether.
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