DREAAM House was founded in 2014 by Mr. Tracy D. Dace. First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, the Southeastern Presbytery of Illinois, Champaign Unit #4 School District, and Champaign-Urbana Altrusa Service Organization, and private donors provided invaluable support and resources.
Twelve (12) energetic and brilliant Black boys were part of the initial pilot. DREAAM House’s Kindergarten Summer Jumpstart Program was launched on July 15, 2015, with the mission to increase kindergarten readiness and overall school success. The four-week program was held at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, IL.
DREAAM House has expanded since then, reaching, teaching, and investing in over 150 boys and young men and other youth through strength-based programs and transformative experiences. We have an unwavering commitment to build a seamless system of supports and sustain a culture that will transform the lives of boys and young men from pre-kindergarten to college. We have a change mindset to close the achievement, opportunity, and mentoring gaps in our community.
SUMMER GRADUATION 2015
Summer Graduation 2018
Piloted Kindergarten Summer Jumpstart Program in Champaign
Piloted DREAAM After-school Program for kindergarten boys
Expanded to serve first grade boys
Expanded to serve second grade boys
Piloted a Kindergarten Summer Jumpstart Program for 10 boys in Rantoul, IL
Expanded to serve boys 3rd-5th grade from six Champaign elementary schools and boys in kindergarten from two Rantoul elementary schools
Entered a partnership with Urbana Schools to implement a pre-middle school program for boys at two elementary schools
Implemented Youth ExCEL, a community-based, youth development program to engage and support African American youth aged 16-24
Expanded to serve 6th grade boys attending middle schools in Champaign
Piloted two youth athletic programs: North End Flag Football League in partnership with Champaign Park District and Motivating More Males (M3) Basketball Program in partnership with Ft.SOOY Foundation
After three years of life-changing work, we are more committed than ever to sustaining this movement and designing solutions that will increase achievement, engagement, and behavioral health for all boys and young men.