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.
Aug 23, 2013

Najma's new found strength!

Sparkling eyes, blissful smile, immense potential!
Sparkling eyes, blissful smile, immense potential!

Dear Co-dreamers,

As we continue to weave the magic for this year there is excitement all around and the schools are bustling with energy.   In this update, we are excited to share with you story of Najma from our Life Skills Programme.

Meet Najma, a 13-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Creative Arts Programme since the last year. 

The Challenge:  Najma was well behaved through the sessions but was afraid of talking in front of other children and would not allow herself to be completely involved in the sessions.  One of the methods Lokesh (our facilitator) uses during the sessions to create a space that gives a chance for each young person to become a leader is to call on a different student in each session for that day’s activity.  During one such activity called ‘alien conference’ (an activity which is designed to build creativity and communication skills); one person gets to be an “alien” who is invited to a conference and gets to make up their own language to speak and there is a “translator” who translates what the alien is saying to the audience (the rest of the class). 

The Change:   Najma was the “translator” who had to explain to others what her "alien" partner was saying.  Her creativity really came out during this activity and she fabricated an intricate story about aliens which fascinated the other children.   She came to the art facilitator at the end of the class to tell him how much she liked the activity.  After the alien conference, the artist in her came to the fore as she became more aware of her creativity and speech.

The Dream Power:   With her new found strength, Najma started creating new games and activities for her peers to enjoy.  One of the new games she made was a hand clapping game which she demonstrated to the entire group.  Since she designed these new games, the children listen to her and followed her instructions.  She has become a leader in the class and is more comfortable sharing thoughts and ideas with others and the facilitator.  She wants to continue Dream A Dream creative arts sessions next year.  Says Najma to the facilitator, “When school is boring, I have the Dream A Dream class to look forward to.” 

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (April 2013 – August 2013):

  • 3578 young people are enrolled in our life skills programmes – 1669 in Life skills through football and 1909 in Life skills through Arts.
  • 138 young people and 29 volunteers were part of 4 Outdoor Experiential Camps for this year.
  • 592 young adults were benefited through our Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Centre, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.  Teaching them Basic computer skills, English speaking, workplace readiness, career guidance, and career talks.   We are also happy to share with you that 2 of our young adults have been successfully placed to work at consulting agency and a Mall respectively.

At Dream Connect center our young person, Zahid (name changed) mentions something interesting in the reflection circle.  He said “Before coming to Dream Connect center I used to smoke a lot.  My mother used to repeatedly insist that I should quit smoking but I always ignored her. But after participating in the DreamConnect program and having discussions with the group here, I’ve decided to give up smoking. I haven’t even touched a cigarette in over a week now.  Thanks to Mahesh (DreamConnect – Facilitator) and my friends for consistently guiding me to change”

  • 19 volunteers were trained to be Mentors and 14 have been matched with their mentee’s already.
  • 692 volunteers have been engaged clocking over 4773 volunteers hours.
  • Teacher Development Workshop was delivered to 131 teachers from 5 of our partner schools with focus on Life Skills Facilitation.  The programme aims to train teachers and community workers to facilitate the development of Life Skills amongst young people in their own schools and regions. The workshops in particular are focused on enabling adults to deepen the understanding of self and young people.  After the training teacher says “I would want to integrate Creative activities in classroom education”
  • Dream A Dream had been finalized in top 4 NGOs (medium category) in the India NGO Award 2013 https://www.facebook.com/theResourceAllianceIndia

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!


Thank You!!

Young people and volunteers from our 4th Camp
Young people and volunteers from our 4th Camp
Jul 22, 2013

An exciting start to the year!!

Prayerful beginnings for a powerful session :-)
Prayerful beginnings for a powerful session :-)

We have kick started our core programmes for this year and there is excitement all around; and it is raining highlights.  Special thanks to each one of you for being a tremendous support in helping us continue to empower and transform lives of young people from vulnerable backgrounds.

With this update we would want to share with you story of Shekar (name changed), who is part of Dream Life Skills through Sports Program.

Meet Shekar, a 16-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Football Programme since last 2 years.  His father is a driver and his mother works as a domestic help.  His hobbies include playing football and listening to music.

The Challenge:  Shekar was very shy in the beginning, not speaking with anyone. His parents are very supportive of him and want him to get involved in activities at school but he has never been able to. During the first few sessions at the Life Skills through Football programme, Shekar would never try new skills when the facilitator asked him to. Shekar explained that he was too afraid to make a mistake because he thought people would laugh at him. He narrated an incident from his life about when he was in the 8th grade, he was called on to answer a question, which he got wrong, and the entire class laughed at him. From that day onwards, he does his work properly on paper but is too afraid to speak in front of other students.

In one session, a volunteer came to join the young people. The volunteer noticed Shekar’s shy behaviour and proceeded to support him during the match. The volunteer told him how good he was in the match in terms of his efforts and scoring a goal. Shekar had never been acknowledged like that and it gave him a bit of confidence. The volunteer told him his own personal story about how he used to be shy but as he grew older, he began to learn more and obtain more skills to become an engineer. The volunteer explained that everyone goes through times of doubt and he shouldn’t be discouraged by his peers.

After this interaction with the volunteer, the facilitator noticed Shekar communicating and participating more actively during sessions.

The Change:  Once, when the facilitator was revisiting the team agreements (agreements are made by children themselves with the help of facilitator before start of the session every year which they follow during the sessions such as; being on time, no using bad language, etc. ), Shekar was first to raise his hand to explain the agreements. During the warm ups, Shekar started speaking and participating actively. The facilitator asked them to run five rounds around the grounds and Shekar raised his hand to suggest six rounds instead. His friends who lived near the grounds also participated in the sessions but did not attend regularly. Shekar decided to collect them before the sessions to ensure their attendance for that day’s session. Since he realized the importance of teamwork, Shekar would gather his friends to make sure everyone was accountable and part of the team.

When the facilitator spoke with Shekar’s teacher, she told him that he has started participating in school activities. He recently participated in a quiz competition and made it to the semi-finals. His teacher praised him for his academic efforts. Shekar’s parents are very happy that he has started taking an active part and has realized that he can achieve his goals. He discovered that he has the academic and extracurricular abilities and felt a renewed sense of confidence.

The Dream Power:  Shekar confidently shares, “I like the activities including the fun games and playing as a team. I want to continue this programme next year in the tenth standard. I have the confidence to take part in all of the activities in the programme. My dream is to be a football player.”

Dream Life Skills programme is aimed to help young men like Shekar find their inner strength and confidence through powerful experiences, consistent messaging and role-modelling.

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (April 2013 – July 2013):

  1. 2016 young people are enrolled in our life skills programmes – 847 in Life skills through football and 1169 in Life skills through Arts.
  2. 32 Life Skills facilitators are trained to deliver the curriculum based life skill sessions to help deepen the impact of the programs.
  3. 70 young people and 15 volunteers were part of 2 Outdoor Experiential Camps for this year.
  4. 336 young adults were benefited through our Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Centre, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.  Teaching them Basic computer skills, English speaking, workplace readiness, career guidance, and career talks.  83% of them completed the course.  We are also happy to share with you that one of our young adult have successfully completed his training at Barathi Walmart and now works with Life Style.
  5. 19 volunteers were trained to be Mentors and 12 have been matched with their mentee’s already.
  6. 90 volunteers have been engaged clocking over 3165 volunteers hours.
  7. Teacher Development Workshop was delivered to 58 teachers from 2 of our partner schools with focus on Life Skills Facilitation.  The programme aims to train teachers and community workers to facilitate the development of Life Skills amongst young people in their own schools and regions. The workshops in particular are focused on enabling adults to deepen the understanding of self and young people.  A teacher says "I have learnt to listen to others and respect what they have to say" and going forward when I am teaching "I would guide the child rather than preach or force them to follow right path by giving them options."
  8. Vishal Talreja, Co-founder and Executive Director of Dream A Dream was on a 2-month learning and inspirational journey through the Eisenhower Fellowship programme, U.S.  Know more about his trip; visit his facebook page- Dreamer on the Go - Vishal Talreja 
  9. Suchetha Bhat, COO and Bopanna Pattada, Lead Trainer from Dream A Dream are learning, sharing and Co-creating the Creative Community Model at the first ever global gathering of Social Artists and Facilitators hosted by our partners PYE Global - Partnership for Youth Empowerment at Whidbey Island, United States of America. They will also be co-facilitating and volunteering at a youth camp hosted by PYE. We are proud to be partners with PYE and look forward to excellent learnings coming back to us as we deepen our own Teacher Development & Life Skills Model.
  10. Dream A Dream has been shortlisted in top 12 NGOs (medium category) in the India NGO Award 2013 and assessment process is to happen shortly to decide the winner.

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!

Thank You!!

Deep reflections after an activity at a Camp
Deep reflections after an activity at a Camp
Jul 16, 2013

A wonderful start to the year!!

Welcoming young adults to camp Dream A Dream Way
Welcoming young adults to camp Dream A Dream Way

Dear Co-Dreamers,

We have kick started our core programmes for this year and there is excitement all around and its raining highlights.  Special thanks to all of you for being a tremendous support in helping us continue our programmes.

With this update we would want to share with you story of Parvathi (name changed), who was part of Dream Life Skills Program,

Meet Parvathi, a 13-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Creative Arts Programme since the last 4 years.  Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a tailor.

The Challenge:  Parvathi was not very interested in attending the Creative Arts sessions, would not interact with anyone, especially the male facilitators and boys.  She would just interact with girls and most of the time would keep to herself due to some family issues in spite of efforts from the facilitator in explaining to her the consequences of not sharing and the benefits of interacting with others.  The facilitator started trying to make her feel comfortable by saying Hi to her on every session, asking her questions, and slowly making more and more effort to reach out to her and talk.

The Change:  After spending 4 years in Dream Life Skills Through Creative Arts programme; at the sessions now, she is more engaged and has learned to take strong decisions and has developed interest in creative arts.  She is now more interactive with everyone to include boys and more willing to express what she has learned freely.

Her dream is to become an art teacher.  Facilitator says, "she is naturally gifted at teaching."  She spends her free time teaching her friends and family various art skills and projects.  Parvathi has made a blackboard at home using materials her father had brought home to teach the neighborhood children.  She has now built her skills to teach and conducts classes at home.

The Dream Power:  “In the classroom, Parvathi is more talkative in class, which has actually become a problem for the teacher who has to control her at times. However, she is a very hard working student and is considered the class leader. When her teacher is busy, Parvathi is asked by her teacher to handle the class for 10-15 minutes on her own.  Partivthi is capable and willing to take on this leadership responsibility.” – Parvathi’s teacher

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (April 2013 – July 2013):

  1. 2016 young people are enrolled in our life skills programmes – 847 in Life skills through football and 1169 in Life skills through Arts.
  2. 32 Life Skills facilitators are trained to deliver the curriculum based life skill sessions to help deepen the impact of the programs.
  3. 70 young people and 15 volunteers were part of 2 Outdoor Experiential Camps for this year.
  4. 336 young adults were benefited through our Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Centre, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.  Teaching them Basic computer skills, English speaking, workplace readiness, career guidance, and career talks.  83% of them completed the course.  We are also happy to share with you that one of our young adult have successfully completed his training at Barathi Walmart and now works with Life Style.
  5. 19 volunteers were trained to be Mentors and 12 have been matched with their mentee’s already.
  6. 90 volunteers have been engaged clocking over 3165 volunteers hours.
  7. Teacher Development Workshop was delivered to 58 teachers from 2 of our partner schools with focus on Life Skills Facilitation.  The programme aims to train teachers and community workers to facilitate the development of Life Skills amongst young people in their own schools and regions. The workshops in particular are focused on enabling adults to deepen the understanding of self and young people.  A teacher says "I have learnt to listen to others and respect what they have to say" and going forward when I am teaching "I would guide the child rather than preach or force them to follow right path by giving them options."
  8. Vishal Talreja, Co-founder and Executive Director of Dream A Dream was on a 2-month learning and inspirational journey through the Eisenhower Fellowship programme, U.S.  Know more about his trip; visit his facebook page- Dreamer on the Go - Vishal Talreja 
  9. Suchetha Bhat, COO and Bopanna Pattada, Lead Trainer from Dream A Dream are learning, sharing and Co-creating the Creative Community Model at the first ever global gathering of Social Artists and Facilitators hosted by our partners PYE Global - Partnership for Youth Empowerment at Whidbey Island, United States of America. They will also be co-facilitating and volunteering at a youth camp hosted by PYE. We are proud to be partners with PYE and look forward to excellent learnings coming back to us as we deepen our own Teacher Development & Life Skills Model.
  10. Dream A Dream has been shortlisted in top 12 NGOs (medium category) in the India NGO Award 2013 and assessment process is to happen shortly to decide the winner.

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!

Thank You!!

At the Teacher Development Workshop :-)
At the Teacher Development Workshop :-)
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?