Founded in 1999 by students attending Dartmouth College, DREAM is a non-profit mentoring program that pairs college groups with youths in low income housing neighborhoods. DREAM has grown to work with 13 colleges and 18 affordable housing neighborhoods throughout Vermont and Massachusetts. Overall they are proud to serve approximately 350 children and college student mentors, and boast an active alumni organization of over 1,300 former mentors.
Participants in DREAM have access to a variety of experiences, including:
- Weekly one-on-one and group mentoring
- Summer activities in their communities
- Summer and winter programming through our Adventure Programming initiatives (vary by location)
- Local and regional end-of-semester adventure trips (Culminating Experiences).
These programs are driven by empowerment, with youth and mentors collaborating to create fun and rewarding activities that spring from their imaginations. Mentors and mentees plan their activities together, and the unique program design cultivates decision-making and leadership skills among mentors and youth. By distributing responsibility, DREAM maximizes its available resources and ensures shared enthusiasm for the program. The DREAM program creates a fun and attractive environment where diverse interests are encouraged and new ideas are supported. Contagious energy perpetuates the feeling that anything is possible with a can-do attitude. Each mentor's experience challenges others to unlock their dreams and share them. Each mentor is charged with discovering and encouraging the youth's dreams.