Dream A Dream

Dream A Dream is a registered charitable trust which seeks to empower children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time sensitising the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated.
Oct 29, 2014

Young Changemakers are creating ripples

Young People at Football for Hope Festival, Brazil
Young People at Football for Hope Festival, Brazil

Dear Donor,

It was been an absolutely cracker of a year so far at Dream A Dream!

In June, 6 young people from Dream A Dream got an opportunity of a lifetime when they represented India at the Football for Hope Festival held alongide the Football World Cup in Brazil. It was an experience that transformed them for life. Here is an media interview just before they left for Brazil - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XRg1Yar_Rw. and a News report on their return - http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/our-footballers-are-back-from-brazil/article6246258.ece

While, 6 of our young people were making ripples Internationally, we continued to be inspired by stories of young people in our programmes. Stories like that of Praveen. 17 year old Praveen hailing from a low-income urban community joined the Dream Connect programme to enhance his Computer, English and Communication Skills. Inspired by the impact of the programme, Praveen started encouraging his friends in the community to join our programme and the last we heard, 22 of his friends have joined various programmes at Dream Connect. Praveen is not only making healthier choices in his life but also being a Changemaker in his community. 

The Dream Connect programme was started in 2010 to support young people like Praveen who need guidance, mentorship, access to information and opportunities and life skills to make life’s tough decisions as they embark into adulthood. Today, Dream Connect works with nearly 5,000 young people in the 14-19 age group from the most vulnerable communities in Bangalore. 

Stories like that of Vishnu. Vishnu was part of Dream A Dream's After School Life Skills Programme nearly 5 years back. Today, Vishnu is a Changemaker at Dream A Dream and in his community. Vishnu and his friends setup a Rugby Team and started taking free sessions next to a open sewer for other young children in his community. Inspired by the changes he was seeing, he and his friends have pursued their passion for Rugby and setup a local club to nurture talent and also participate in tournaments. In a recent tournament, his team won the cup which they proudly dedicated to Dream A Dream. He also pursues his college and works part-time with us as a Life Skills Facilitator taking our innovative Life Skills Approach to atleast 150 children in urban slum communities. 

We are beginning to see the tide turn after 15 years of committed effort in Bangalore. Hundreds of young graduates from our programmes are beginning to take leadership in their life and communities and become true Changemakers and it is just adding more inspiration to our movement of Changing the Script for these young people. 

Your support is critical to help us increase the tribe of young changemakers like Praveen and Vishnu. Have you made your annual contribution to Dream A Dream yet? If not, our sincere request to do it now and also help us reach out to your friends and family to join the movement. 

Today, the movement reaches out to 50,000 young people through all our various programmes across 3 states of India and we have ambitious plans to empower 250,000 young people by 2016. Your support to make this happen is critical!

With Gratitude,

The Dream Team

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Jul 17, 2014

Your Support is a Key to Unlock Many Dreams

Dreamers @ TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014
Dreamers @ TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014

Dear Co dreamers,

We are very happy to share you our journey of first quarter of the year 2014-15. The main highlight was we participated in TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014. State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), a reputed multinational company come forrward to run supporting Dream A Dream.  

Along with this report, I want to share with you a story of two of our graduates who selected for a scholarship programme to study in the USA, followed by a few highlights of Dream A Dream programme. 

Overcoming modest background, two graduates of our programme  are all set to take the long flight to America. Girish and Mahesh  will fly on July 18th 2014 to the US on a fully-paid scholarship to do a one-year certificate programme in Business Management/Administration and Early Child Education respectively at Mesa Community College in Arizona. 

20-year-old Girish, a second-year B Com student at Vijaya College, comes from a modest background; his father is a car driver and his mother a maid. He also works as a life skills facilitator at Dream A Dream.  Girish said, "I wanted to study business administration because I want to set up my own business in the future. I still can't believe that I cracked the scholarship." 

Mahesh, a second-year BA student at Vijaya Evening College, who works as an art skills facilitator said, "I get to work with children aged nine and above. I wanted to pursue a course where I would get to teach children from three years on." 

They plan to come back to Bangalore once they complete their courses to finish their course at Vijaya College. Girish said, "We couldn't have got through if we were not in the middle of our course. Our family was worried that we might not complete our studies because they have saved on our college fees. But we, with the help of colleagues at Dream A Dream, managed to convince them that it was for our own good. Our college principal, too, had to call our parents up to convince them." For the proud, hard-working parents, it's a huge moment. 

Mahesh's mother, a housewife, said, "I cannot believe our son is going to America. Everybody dreams of going there one day, and my son is actually going. We are very proud of him, but I am equally sad because this is the first time he will be staying away from us for a year."

  • Dream A Dream, the only NGO from India to be selected for the FIFA football for Hope. 6 young players selected. 
  • Dell International, one of the long standing partners of Dream A Dream, initiated a month long campaign entitled “Ignite Youth Learning” to engage employees to volunteer at Dream A Dream.
  • Our Co-founder Vishal Talreja was invited for a talk at TedxBangalore.  https://campusdiaries.com/stories/tedxbangalore-campus-with-vishal-talreja
  • Participated in TCS world 10K Bangalore 2014. SSGA Ran supporting Dream A Dream.
  • Dream A Dream held a two day annual retreat for its employees at the Elim resort located at the outskirts of Bangalore. 
  • Dream A Dream was the official charity partner for the karaoke night event 'Kroak for Fund' at OPUS Sankey Road for all 4 Wednesdays in the month of June.
  • Dream A Dream was the official charity partner for the first ever vertical race in Bangalore called Skyscraper Dash held at the World Trade Centre, Bangalore.
  • 3119 young people enrolled in our life skills programmes – 1195 in Life skills through football and 1924 in Life skills through Arts.
  • 160 batches run across Bangalore partnering with 24 schools/NGOs - 92 batches in Life skills through Arts and 68 batches in Life skills through Football.
  • Each batch engages25-30 young people in the life skills development programme.
  • 3 Outdoor Experiential Camps completed engaging over 102 young people and 19 volunteers.
  • Teacher Development programme completed Life Skills Facilitation training level 1 and level 2 for 4 partners engaging 49 teachers. Completed Life Skills Facilitation training level 3 and level 4 for 5 old partners.
  • 8 young people participated in SPT tournament held in Bangalore.
  • 8 graduates participated in a tournament held at JP Nagar Bangalore.
  • Completed 1 mentoring Cycle – 25 mentors trained & 25 young people matched.
  • Engaged 454 young people in career awareness programme; 223 male and 231 female.
  • 551 young people engaged in skill development programme at the center; 194 male and 357 female.
  • 1038 young people enrolled to the Last Mile Support programme; 489 male and 549 female.
  • Received 196 applications for scholarships and 128 applications have been granted for scholarship.
  • 5 young people got placement.
  • Engaged 757 volunteers clocking 7182 volunteering hours.
  • Conducted 14 fundays engaging corporate employees.

Please scroll down to see a few pictures from the programme. We look forward for your continued support and an enduring relationship.

With Gratitude,

Young People @ Football For Hope Festival Brazil
Young People @ Football For Hope Festival Brazil
Young People with Volunteers @ a Funday
Young People with Volunteers @ a Funday
Teachers @ TDP Workshop
Teachers @ TDP Workshop
Young People with Volunteers @ a Camp
Young People with Volunteers @ a Camp
@ Sky Scraper Dash Event
@ Sky Scraper Dash Event

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Jul 17, 2014

** Wings to Learn, Wings to Empower **

Young People in Football For Hope Festival, Brazil
Young People in Football For Hope Festival, Brazil

Dear Co dreamers,

It gives us an immense pleasure to share with you that Girish and Mahesh graduates of our programme recently bagged a US scholarship to pursue a one year certificate programme. (http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/City-boys-grab-US-scholarship/articleshow/37722016.cms )

Along with this report, I want to share with you a volunteer story from the Dream outdoor experiential camp, followed by a few highlights of Dream A Dream programme. 

Zoombas! Yes, that's what we will call ourselves, Bopanna and Nilisha (facilitators of camp) shouted out to the group of adults who were coming for the camp. That kick started the journey of four fun filled, highly energetic and enthusiastic days with 14 adults and 29 young people. The excitement itself started building up in the long bus journey with all the campers having a ball shouting, screaming and singing all along. Reaching the camp site, I was totally awestruck with the awesome scenic beauty which surrounds it; calm and peaceful, completely away from the noisy, traffic loaded, polluted Bangalore roads. It was indeed a different new world. 

As the 'ZOOMBAS', were split into different family group, so was I. I was part of a family group, which we named as " Silver Springs' and there were five young people present.  I am sharing in the following the strong changes I observed in two of them:

Rakshit doing his tenth standard initially he was totally an introvert, would not contribute much to the group and would be just by himself. But slowly I started seeing him coming out of his small cocoon and displaying his very strong qualities. He was part of the gender stadium and came up with a lot of opinions which actually added a lot of value to the discussion the group was already having. And then I see him taking on to facilitate a workshop on Science crafts by himself. I was very happy and proud that he actually started opening up and bringing his inbuilt talents to the forefront.

Nisha studying tenth standard hails from Delhi and due to which she cannot understand Kannada very well. In the first two days, I used to observe her to be very quiet and not contributing much. She would just be present but then she started getting more comfortable and started asking for Hindi translations for different instructions that were given. She started getting more involved and putting forward her ideas and suggestions in the family group. During the youth led workshops, I was amazed to observe that she also took up to facilitate a workshop on Mehendi design and that too with sketch pens.  There was only one person who was getting his hand imprinted on but the amount of concentration and dedication which she had towards what she was doing was simply amazing. There were others asking her different queries and she was responding back patiently and was in the same time engrossed in what she was doing. Finally, I see her come up on stage and express her entire feelings to the entire crowd. It was indeed very heart touching!

I am very much pleased that I was indeed part of this beautiful experience.

  • Dream A Dream, the only NGO from India to be selected for the FIFA Football For Hope. 6 young players selected. 
  • Dell International, one of the long standing partners of Dream A Dream, initiated a month long campaign entitled “Ignite Youth Learning” to engage employees to volunteer at Dream A Dream.
  • Our Co-founder Vishal Talreja was invited for a talk at TedxBangalore.  https://campusdiaries.com/stories/tedxbangalore-campus-with-vishal-talreja
  • Participated in TCS world 10K Bangalore 2014. SSGA Ran supporting Dream A Dream.
  • Dream A Dream held a two day annual retreat for its employees at the Elim resort located at the outskirts of Bangalore. 
  • Dream A Dream was the official charity partner for the karaoke night event 'Kroak for Fund' at OPUS Sankey Road for all 4 Wednesdays in the month of June.
  • Dream A Dream was the official charity partner for the first ever vertical race in Bangalore called Skyscraper Dash held at the World Trade Centre, Bangalore.
  • 3119 young people enrolled in our life skills programmes – 1195 in Life skills through football and 1924 in Life skills through Arts.
  • 160 batches run across Bangalore partnering with 24 schools/NGOs - 92 batches in Life skills through Arts and 68 batches in Life skills through Football.
  • Each batch engages25-30 young people in the life skills development programme.
  • 3 Outdoor Experiential Camps completed engaging over 102 young people and 19 volunteers.
  • Teacher Development programme completed Life Skills Facilitation training level 1 and level 2 for 4 partners engaging 49 teachers. Completed Life Skills Facilitation training level 3 and level 4 for 5 old partners.
  • 8 young people participated in SPT tournament held in Bangalore.
  • 8 graduates participated in a tournament held at JP Nagar Bangalore.
  • Completed 1 mentoring Cycle – 25 mentors trained & 25 young people matched.
  • Engaged 454 young people in career awareness programme; 223 male and 231 female.
  • 551 young people engaged in skill development programme at the center; 194 male and 357 female.
  • 1038 young people enrolled to the Last Mile Support programme; 489 male and 549 female.
  • Received 196 applications for scholarships and 128 applications have been granted for scholarship.
  • 5 young people got placement.
  • Engaged 757 volunteers clocking 7182 volunteering hours.
  • Conducted 14 fundays engaging corporate employees.

Please scroll down to see a few pictures from the programme. We look forward for your continued support and an enduring relationship.

With Gratitude,

Sharing the workspace of Volunteers
Sharing the workspace of Volunteers
Young People Learning a Spanish Dance Form @ Camp
Young People Learning a Spanish Dance Form @ Camp
Volunteers Painting our Office Wall
Volunteers Painting our Office Wall
Young People Exploring their Art Skills
Young People Exploring their Art Skills

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