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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Dreams for Kids trains and mentors youth as social entrepreneurs, providing practical education, real world training and contemporary job skills as they create enterprises that provide solutions to society’s critical social issues.

Results: We have launched a national program of social entrepreneurship learning for youth, hosted on our education partner's Global Learning Models, delivered by teachers in school and by trained mentors after school. The 11 week curriculum includes The Clearing, which helps youth clear conflicts and trauma of their past and present, as well as practical business skills such as marketing, sales, making a pitch, creating business plans, act. At the conclusion of the curriculum, students can apply their new skills to create a social enterprise, or work on an existing one, and be enrolled into our new Center for Social Entrepreneurship, to feature the resources of leading entrepreneurs and academics.

Target demographics: At-risk youth in U.S. between the ages of 12 and 17.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,000

Geographic areas served: U.S, with local concentration in Illinois and Washington DC.

Programs: Dream Leaders: Preparing Youth to Create the Future Today, a program that provides students with an 11 week social entrepreneurship curriculum that was created by nationally recognized entrepreneurs and academic leaders and is delivered through peer to peer mentoring and reinforced by professional mentors in the community and in our trademark, We Are the Change® conferences. Youth led Social enterprises, Extreme Recess provides adaptive sports activities for kids with disabilities and Holiday for Hope, a global event for homeless children, held each December.

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Rating: 5

Dreams For Kids directly makes an impact in the lives of kids in need. They replace charity with opportunity in the sense that they enable children to achieve goals by providing them with the tools to do so. Several years back I started volunteering with Dreams For Kids. I have a sister with autism, and after I had done a couple of events with them, they invited her out to be a guest. We've had some amazing experiences, and done things neither of us thought possible! This is one of the most hard working, down to earth, friendly and fun groups I've ever been a part of who make a direct impact in children's lives. I feel so grateful that me and my family are a part of it and we hope to continue our involvement with them for years to come. Highly recommended on all levels.


Rating: 5

What is Dreams for Kids - This organization and its founder Tom Tuohy have been a positive influence in the lives of children that otherwise might not see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The programs which DFK sponsors teach "social entrepreneurship which is a means by which people can better their community by doing something meaningful. Overall, I believe that DFK has bees a very positive influence in the lives of disadvantaged children and those with disabilities by teaching them that they can make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.