Dream Big! fills the opportunity gap by connecting boys and young men with low- and no-cost learning and transformative experiences that cultivate college and career readiness skills, creativity, build social and emotional skills and boost academic achievement.
The program is impact driven — our solution to raising expectations and developing essential life skills to increase life opportunities for boys and young men. By recognizing that learning happens across the life span, this program addresses broad challenges in our community from kindergarten readiness to social emotional wellness to workforce access for disconnected youth. Dream Big! creates and engages a countywide network of out of school learning experiences that help boys and young men discover new interests, develop skills and create pathways to future success.
How We Do It
We promote a college-bound and career identity starting at the age of 5.
We create a counter space that empowers DREAAMers for life success through a college & career readiness program focused on literacy, STEM, creativity, and solution-thinking.
We value a trauma-informed approach. With this approach, the staff and volunteers are proactive, encouraging behaviors that promote learning.
We encourage movement, respect, work ethic, leadership, recognition of others, community, and positive brotherhood.
Who We Serve
Boys and young men ages 5 – 24 in Champaign County, especially those living in areas with little or no positive youth development activities
Where We Serve
Champaign Location: University Place Church
Monday – Friday
Urbana Location: CU Church
Rantoul Location: Northview Elementary School
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Who Are Our Partners
Dream Big! is a broad community impact initiative funded and supported by more than 20 partner organizations including:
city, county, and state agencies
local school districts
education, arts, cultural and youth organizations