Mission: To challenge high school students to reach their full potential—physically, socially, emotionally, and academically—through a mentor-supported marathon training program.
Results: Students who complete the Dreamfar High School Marathon program realize how much they are capable of doing. Their confidence and self-esteem improve through marathon training - many report that their grades improve as does their family and social life.
Target demographics: at risk high school students in Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods
Direct beneficiaries per year: The high school students we serve
Geographic areas served: Massachusetts
Programs: Dreamfar High School Marathon is the only program of its kind in New England. Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) provides high school students the opportunity to experience success through marathon training. Dreamfar students experience the benefits of regular physical activity, the support of a mentoring relationship, and the value of dedication, commitment, and teamwork while working toward the goal of completing a marathon. Our program teaches students to tackle life’s obstacles using the skills they learn through marathon training.
Are high school kids from different schools and from all socio-economic walks of life and of all shapes, sizes and abilities capable of joining a team and completing a marathon? Many might believe the answer to be no, but at Dreamfar the answer is a resounding yes. Serving as a Dreamfar volunteer for the last two seasons, I can say first hand that not only can it be done, but it has been done at Dreamfar with great success. No student who wants to participate is left behind. The motto is: 26.2 miles, together!! A sense of community is created for all students to set goals and make the necessary commitment to succeed not only for a marathon, but for life itself. This is done through a comprehensive support network of dedicated staff, parents and volunteers to challenge and nurture each and every student athlete. After a grueling training season that takes the students right through the winter months, it all culminates when they run in the Cox Providence Marathon in May. It is truly as gratifying for the volunteers as it is for the students to see the improvement throughout the training season and then to see them all cross that finish line in May.