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  • Way to Step Up!!!

    In late July, Mr. Tracy had a vision to collect 500 pairs of shoes for DREAAM's Back to School Drive in honor of his 50th birthday---a goal that seemed near impossible. But our community and supporters from all over the nation stepped up and far exceeded that goal!! On August 13th, DREAAM was able to supply more than 600 pairs of shoes to the youth in our community!!! We are humbled and in awe! We are so incredibly grateful for the support of our donors and our community. We're pretty certain this was a birthday celebration Mr. Tracy won't soon forget!! P.S. It's not too late to celebrate Mr. Tracy by making a gift to DREAAM here.

  • Meet Destin–a DREAAM Success Story

    We love Destin's story, and we just had to share it with you! Destin Lembelembe started working for DREAAM about a year and a half ago, in February of 2021. Last fall, he took part in DREAAM's 5-10-15-20 Program, which included 5 eligible participants who participated in a 10-week program and received 15 hours of life skill training per week and were assigned with life coaches to help them along the way. In addition, 20 hours per week were reserved for employment or volunteering services that would eventually work towards employment. [Participants then decided to pursue further education including completing a GED, applying for college, trade school, or obtaining a full-time job. The aim was to promote personal and professional development. Life skills included finance literacy, mental health, physical health, nutrition, preparing for job search, job application process, resume writing, mock interviews, communication skills, etc.] Destin is always wanting to help others and has grown so much as a person, an employee, and a DREAAMer. He has been an integral part of our team. We look forward to seeing this young gentleman make strides here in Champaign County and beyond! He's well on his way! Read more about Destin in our interview below. Please tell us about you! Where are you from? How long have you lived here in Champaign? I am from Africa–The Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have been living in Champaign-Urbana for about 7 years now. What's your favorite food? Fufu and chicken Please explain your experience with DREAAM. How did you learn about DREAAM? I learned about DREAAM through my church, First Presbyterian - Champaign. And that’s the only way I learned about DREAAM. Mr. Tracy Dace spoked about DREAAM during a Sunday service. Once I heard about it, I was interested and I wanted to be a part of it but I couldn’t because I did not know if they wanted younger employees. But one day I was looking for a job and I remembered Mr. Tracy. After visiting with him, he offered me a position with DREAAM; I got so excited and I immediately accepted the offer and have been with DREAAM ever since. I stuck with it. DREAAM–it’s an organization that builds you up as a young man, all the way up to an adult. I am forever grateful. Awhile after I started working with DREAAM, I heard about this 5-10-15-20 program. I took the class. The class taught me about money management, bills wise, banking, eating healthier, how to be a successful young man living on my own, etc… I learned so much and am so grateful. What has been your favorite experience with DREAAM? My favorite part about DREAAM is that we are all family. We strive to help the youth and we are not ashamed to share our personal problems, feelings. Because when we do so, there’s always a solution on the situation or the problem. We're all there for each other. Where are you working now and how did you get there? I am still with DREAAM through the month of July. I have a life coach who has been keeping me going and has motivated me not to give up fast. Thanks to DREAAM and all I've learned, I will be moving on to be a teacher at Bradley Learning Center, an Early Childhood Education Center, in Urbana.

  • Don't Miss the Kappa Kappa Gamma Flower Sale THIS WEEKEND!

    The Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Champaign-Urbana's 52nd Annual Flower Sale starts tomorrow!!! We are so grateful that, for the second year in a row, the sale will be benefiting DREAAM!!! [Thank you, CU KKGs!] Get your flowers tomorrow, Friday, May 13th from 9am to 5pm or Saturday, May 14th from 9am to noon at Indian Acres (1 Arrow Road) in Champaign. Some of our DREAAMers will be there tomorrow afternoon and on Saturday to help assist customers! [NOTE: Please remember to bring either cash or checks, as credit and debit will not be accepted.] There is a wide array of planting flowers and herbs to choose from, as well as hanging baskets, patio gardens, and more! All the plants come from Ropps, a local nursery from in Mahomet and Gibson City. The plants are incredibly beautiful and healthy and long lasting! So, make sure to grab some for yourself this weekend! Hope to see you there!

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  • News & Events | DREAAM | Academic Achievement for Males | Champaign-Urbana, IL

    Stay up-to-date with our newsletters and events ! F A M I L Y N E W S L E T T E R S A G E N C Y N E W S L E T T E R S Calendar of Events Newsletters Family Newsletters December 2021 Download PDF May 2020 Download PDF April 2020 Download PDF Agency Newsletters Summer 2022 Download PDF March 2022 Download PDF Summer 2021 Download PDF Fall 2020 Download PDF Summer 2020 Download PDF Spring 2020 Download PDF DREAAM's Summer 2021 programming captured some powerful moments! View some of those moments here!

  • Donate | DREAAM | Academic Achievement for Males | Champaign-Urbana, IL

    Ways to Give DREAAM is a 501c3 community impact organization that was founded in 2015. We greatly thank our volunteers and donors, who help make DREAAM a success. With them, we are able to provide important and meaningful programs that further our mission to reach, teach, and empower our DREAAMers and their families. If you're interested in getting involved, there are two ways you can help: Give a Hand Contribute Financially Give a Hand Volunteer DREAAM is seeking program assistants, tutors, specialists, and committee members for our programs. ​ Our after-school programming runs from 2-5pm every Monday-Friday. Feel free to sign up for as many days/hours as you'd like! ​ Volunteers receive training in evidence based practices AND will get to enjoy a number of fun events such as pizza dinners! ​ DREAAM now runs its volunteering through timecounts.org . Click the button below to start your volunteer journey! Fundraise Help us to raise money or get involved with an event! ​ DREAAM currently runs and participates in different events to raise money for the organization, such as our Dream Big! Fall Festival and the Illinois Marathon. This allows us to keep our programs free while still running a great selection of programs and activities. We always need people to work on event planning, event sponsorship, public relations, event operations, and a variety of other tasks. It's fun and it supports a great cause. You can even set up your very own fundraising page! Contact Director of Donor Relations, Jacqueline for more information or to sign up. Partner We couldn't make life-changing impacts without the dedicated support of program partners. They make it possible for DREAAM to fulfill its mission. ​ Whether it's an event sponsorship, a business friend that conducts a fundraiser or provides financial support, volunteer services, or in-kind sponsorships, our program partners make our mission to reach, teach, and empower our DREAAMers & their families possible! ​ For additional information about becoming a program partner or sponsor, please contact our Director of Donor Relations, Jacqueline Jasek, at (217) 530-0110 or by email. Continue Click to go to volunteer application Continue Click for sponsorship opportunities Contribute Financially With your support, you can have this impact: $10 - $25 Help us with gift cards, art + STEM supplies, nutritious snacks and even a sweatshirt for our DREAAMers! $50 - $100 Provides a DREAAMer with one week of music lessons, support from a life coach, mentoring activities, and transformative experiences! $100+ Supports our DREAAMers with family activities, parenting classes, resources to maintain a parent support group; or sponsor a sports camp of basketball or soccer on Saturdays for a month; or provides field trips to a museum or play! $1000 Perhaps you or your group can give a gift of $1,000.00 that can support our areas of greatest need. Call us with any questions at 217-530-0110! Online Make a one-time, tax deductible donation. Monthly Make a monthly, tax deductible donation. 302 West Church St. Champaign, IL 61820 Mail it Text DONATE to 217-233-4027 Other ways to give Click here! Text Donate cryptocurrency at https://www.cryptoforcharity.io/ Text Crypto RAISE MONEY FOR DREAAM WHILE YOU SHOP You can make a difference while you shop on AmazonSmile. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1643964 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Dreaam Opportunity Center.

  • COVID-19 Response | DREAAM | Academic Achievement for Males | Champaign-Urbana, IL

    DREAAM COVID-19 RESPONSE REPORT FOOD | FAMILY | FUN As we re-open, re-build, and re-envision DREAAM's programming, we would like to share our efforts to support and stay connected to our DREAAMers and their families. Number of families served: 50 Champaign: 32 Urbana: 11 Rantoul: 7 Number of youth served: 84 Champaign: 60 Urbana: 16 Rantoul: 8 Enrichment & Programming 21 Zoom enrichment/programming sessions 37 parents participated in virtual parent meetings 46 youth received online tutoring 151 virtual tutoring sessions 8 hours of virtual training for Parent Mentors in Rantoul Family Supports 898 forms of contact/communication with DREAAMers/families (phone, email, text) 1,606 hot dinner meals delivered to Champaign/Urbana families 78 stress relief kits for parents 148 care packages for families 265 face masks 6 parents received linkage and referral to community resources Financial Assistance $5,200 in grocery gift cards donated by First Presbyterian Church of Champaign $650 in assistance with utilities Professional Development 50 virtual webinars/training completed by employees Community Collaborations DREAAM staff and parents assisted with delivering meals to families for Rantoul City Schools #137 and volunteered to pack food donation bags for CU Better Together

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