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.
Feb 25, 2014

An awesome Beginning for the Year!!

Dear Co-dreamers,

We are happy to inform you that The Life Skills Assessment Scale has been developed by Dr. David Pearson and Dr. Fiona Kennedy from the UK who have been working together with Dream A Dream over the past five years to develop and publish a standardized and reliable impact measure for Dream A Dream’s Life Skills programmes for children from vulnerable backgrounds.  

With this report I would want to share with you the story of Seema (name changed), from the words of our Life Skills Facilitator followed by a few highlights of Dream A Dream programme

The Challenge: Seema is a 12 year old girl studying in the 6th grade at Shama Vidya Shaala, a school for children from vulnerable backgrounds. Seema has been part of the Dream Life Skills through Football Programme since August 2012.

According to the facilitator, Seema is a simple and well-spoken girl. She is regular participant and enjoys learning football and the various activities at the session. She is an active participant and encourages other participants to more attentive and positive in the sessions.

During one of the sessions that was themed around Communication and Building Relationships, the facilitator makes the following observation. “We started with a game of Handball. Seema was very enthusiastic and started off with lots of energy and excitement. In about 20-minutes, Seema seems to have lost interest in the activity and I didn’t notice that she had gone out of the group and sitting in one corner. When I noticed her missing, I realized she had stopped playing and went ahead to find out what happened. Seema shared that she was not getting the ball even though she tried and started weeping.”

The Change:  The facilitator heard and validated her. At the end of the session, during reflection time, Seema shared how she felt unseen with the rest of her team-mates. He used that as an opportunity to also share a similar story from his life when I felt unseen and alone and everyone seemed to understand. Seema felt reassured and that story helped her feel positive about life.”

In Seema’s own words, “I like playing in the team especially playing against friends gives lots of confidence. I enjoy sessions because I get to play. By coming for football sessions I was able to perform well in my social studies, earlier I used to be poor in this subject after speaking to you (facilitator) and hearing to your story made biggest impact to do well in social studies and got good marks. Session makes it even more special by sports as a group.”

The Dream Power:  At Dream A Dream, our work with young people stands on the belief that when we engage with young people with care and empathy, they respond and learn. In above instance, the facilitator, created a safe space for Seema to share how she felt, the facilitator validated and acknowledged her emotions, built a personal connection with her and used this experience to share a personal story from her own life. In all this, the facilitator was deeply committed to helping Seema develop her Life Skills and feel seen and heard.

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights

  • Received Educasport World Forum Award for ‘New Skills of Sports Instructions’ at Paris.
  • Launched second Dream Connect Center in KR Puram, Bangalore.
  • Organized ‘Soiree de Smiles’ – Dream A Dream’s first exclusive fundraising evening as part of Unlock Smiles Campaign.
  • A visit by Goals for Girls from USA. Organized a coaching clinic and friendly tournament involving 42 girls from Dream A Dream and 20 girls from Goals for Girls team.
  • Participated in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014 on January 19th 2014. 16 people ran supporting Dream A Dream.
  • Successfully facilitated a large scale volunteering workshop for close to 150 representatives from NGOs and CSR units of companies at the IBM Corporate Service Corps conference in Bangalore.
  • Nandan Nilekani had a dialogue with graduates and facilitators at Dream A Dream and wrote a blog at http://www.nandannilekani.in/blog/5-dream-a-dream
  • Girish Ronald, a Dream Graduate was featured in an article by The Alternative at http://thealternative.in/inclusivity/spocial-revolution-finding-a-home/
  • Engaged 5119 young people through our life skills programmes. 1987 in Life Skills through Sports and 3132 through our Like Skills through Creative Arts programmes.
  • A total of 2408 boys and 2711 girls are participating in the programmes with healthy 54% girls.
  • Engaged 1809 young people in various skill development and career development courses in the Dream Connect programme
  • Launched a Second Technology equipped Dream Connect Center in K R Puram, Bangalore in December 2013 with a capacity to engage 2000 young people a year. The Center was inaugurated by Mr. Rudramuni, Country Head, Dell India
  • Engaged 488 young people conducting 14 outdoor experiential camps.
  • Job placements provided for 17 Dream Connect graduates.
  • Engaged 447 teachers/NGO workers through our Teacher Development Programme.
  • Trained 95 adult volunteers in Dream mentoring programme.
  • Engaged 1,831 volunteers clocking 19,231 hours.

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 with Qualcomm employees at a Fun Day
Young People with Qualcomm employees at a Fun Day
Young People at an Outdoor Experiential Camp
Young People at an Outdoor Experiential Camp
Jan 17, 2014

Thank You - Smile Makers!!

Dear Co-dreamers,

We are happy to inform you that our Unlock Smiles campaign has come to a close in December 2013. Our heartfelt thank you for unlocking smiles of young people, your generous support helped us to unlock 6504 smiles by 796 people like you.

With this report I would want to share with you the story of Ashwini (name changed), from the words of our Life Skills Facilitator, Shivu followed by a few highlights of our Unlock Smiles Campaign. 

Meet Ashwini, studying in 7th Standard, who has been part of our Dream life skills programmes since the start of this year.

The Challenge: Academically, she is an average student but highly energetic in the classroom, is a good dancer and also involves herself in sports.

During the observation, it was found that she often teases boys, and hits them as well as uses abusive words towards them. But when the life skill sessions are happening, she appears to be quiet as well as shy but her energy goes up immensely, if there is an action song or games happening during the session. However the facilitator found her arguing with her class mates and using bad words, if she was asked to do something. She feels she is right and that the rest of them are wrong. This resulted in unwanted fights in the classroom.

The Change: During the session facilitator started to give her some responsibilities. At the beginning, he asked her to do an action song of the main activity which she liked to conduct. Later she was given responsibilities like distribution of materials that helped her to have at least an eye to eye contact with everyone and she slowly started to recognize everyone. It took almost a month to see some changes in her.

The facilitator was very happy to hear feedback from her class teachers and friends that she has become very active in all class room activities, raises her hand to answer questions and takes quick responsibilities in class. She even takes care of 1-3rd standard students in absence of teachers. She started accepting other students and thus everybody accepts her too.

Her friends said that they were scared to talk to Ashwini in the beginning and now it is different, they love her.

The Dream Power:  Facilitators play a key role within the Dream A Dream programmes. They create platforms for the young people in our programmes to face and overcome their challenges.

Major Highlights of Unlock Smiles:

  • Successfully unlocked 6504 smiles as against our initial target of 8000 smiles.
  • Smiles were unlocked in a variety of creative ways spread across several diverse events such as:
    • Tour De smiles - Tour de Smiles was an event organised for cycling enthusiasts to cycle for a cause on the 17th of October 2013. It attracted cyclists from across Bangalore who came to support the cause and unlock smiles. The event was organised in partnership with Decathlon who took care of the entire logistics for the event. Funds were raised through an entry of 12 smiles each. A total of 235 smiles were unlocked by 25 cyclists.
    • Trek de smiles - Owing to lack of poor marketing of the event it was not conducted as a part of the Unlock Smiles Campaign. Instead, the event was successfully run as a Volunteer Engagement Activity (Dream Funday) with 17 young people and 12 volunteers on the 7th of December 2013.
    • Soiree de Smiles - ‘Soiree de Smiles’ was Dream A Dream’s first exclusive fundraising evening, to encourage old HNI supporters to deepen their relationship with us and for potential supporters to get to know us better by becoming Smile Champions. Funds were raised through a minimum commitment of Rs.25000 to Unlock 100 smiles as an entry to the event. The event was conducted on the 22nd of December at Escape Hotels and Spa (Bricklane). There were a total of 9 donors who made pledges at the event. The event managed to unlock 1428 smiles.
    • Internal Employee Campaign - An internal campaign was run at Dream A Dream, to encourage employees to reach out to their personal networks and unlock smiles. 600 smiles unlocked with the support of employees from their personal networks.
    • School Fundraiser - ‘Forgo A Cracker’ was an initiative run by the Volunteer Engagement Team as a part of Unlock Smiles. It aimed at encouraging school students to campaign against the use of firecrackers (being a social and environmental hazard) and use that money to unlock smiles. This was run between 29th October to 10th November 2013 at NPS, Indiranagar and Oakridge International. A student from NPS Indiranagar also ran this campaign at her apartment complex, Vars Fantasy. 99 smiles were unlocked through Forgo A Cracker.
    • Campaigns at Corporates - Plan was put in place to run an ‘Unlock a Smile Day’ with 10 different companies. This involved a company dedicating one day to the campaign through e-mail blasts and encouraging their employees to unlock smiles. As a part of the Joy of Giving week, ‘First Source’ encouraged employees to donate and unlocked 761 smiles.
    • Social Media Promotions - Posts were updated on the Dream A Dream facebook page and e-mails were sent to the entire data base. 892 smiles unlocked through social media promotion.

With this campaign you have supported close to 542 young people to gain a year of life skills education. We acknowledge that this was possible because of the special people like you who have supported the dreams of these young people. Please scroll down to see a few pictures of the event. Thanks for YOUR continued support!

With Gratitude,

Dream Team

Jan 15, 2014

New year! New Beginning!

Dream Team with Goals for Girls Team from the USA
Dream Team with Goals for Girls Team from the USA

Dear Codreamers,

We are excited to share with you the journey of Dream A Dream so far. We have launched second Dream Connect Center in KR Puram, Bangalore to reach out 2000 more young people of vulnerable backgrounds.

With this report I would want to share with you a few highlights so far and the story of Ashwini (name changed), from the words of our Life Skills Facilitator, Shivu

Meet Ashwini studying in 7th Standard and has been part of our Dream life skills programmes since the start of this year.

The Challenge: Academically, she is an average student but highly energetic in the classroom, is a good dancer and also involves herself in sports.

During the observation, it was found that she often teases boys, and hits them as well as uses abusive words towards them. But when the life skill sessions are happening, she appears to be quiet as well as shy but her energy goes up immensely, if there is an action song or games happening during the session. But facilitator found her arguing with her class mates and using bad words, if she was asked to do something. She feels she is right and rest of them is wrong. This resulted in unwanted fights in classroom.

The Change: During the session facilitator started to give her some responsibilities. At the beginning, he asked her to do an action song of the main activity which she liked to conduct. Later gave responsibilities like distribution of materials that helped her to have at least an eye to eye contact with everyone and she slowly started to recognize everyone. It took almost a month to see some changes in her.

Facilitator was very happy to hear from her class teachers and friends’ feedback about her that she has become very active in all class room activities, raises hands to answer questions and takes quick responsibilities at class. She is the one who takes care of 1-3rd standard students in absence of teachers. She started accepting other students and thus everybody accepts her too.

Her friends said that they were scared to talk to Ashwini in the beginning and now it is different, they love her.

The Dream Power:  Facilitators are the key person of Dream A Dream programmes. They create platforms to the young people of our programme to come out from their challenges.

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights:

  • Received Educasport World Forum Award for ‘New Skills of Sports Instructions’ at Paris.
  • Organised ‘Soiree de Smiles’ – Dream A Dream’s first exclusive fundraising evening as part of Unlock Smiles (www.unlocksmiles.com) Campaign
  • A visit by Goals for Girls from USA. Organized a coaching clinic and friendly tournament involving 42 girls from Dream A Dream and 20 girls from Goals for Girls team.
  • Participating in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014 on January 19th 2014. 16 people are running supporting Dream A Dream.
  • Successfully facilitated a large scale volunteering workshop for close to 150 representatives from NGOs and CSR units of companies at the IBM Corporate Service Corps conference in Bangalore. Engaged 5001 young people through our life skills programmes. We are currently at 100% of our target of directly impacting 5000 young people.
  • A total of 2355 boys and 2646 girls are participating in our core Life Skills Programmes
  • 36 Life Skills facilitators trained to deliver the curriculum based sessions.
  • Engaged 1795 young people in various skill development and career development courses in the Dream Connect program
  • Job placements provided for 17 Dream Connect graduates through Last Mile Support Programme
  • As part of the ‘Kalarava’ initiative, 111 graduates were engaged in new learning exposures
  • 3 Dream Connect graduates were offered internship opportunities at Dream Connect Center Koramangala and have been engaged in outreach and data entry work.
  • Engaged 407 teachers/ NGO workers through our Teacher Development Programme
  • Completed 2 mentor training cycle and trained 35 adults.
  • Established 35 new mentor and mentee relationships.
  • Total 135 volunteering hours spent to mentoring programme
  • Engaged 1,591 volunteers clocking 16,716 hours.

 

The Launch Dream Connect Center 2
The Launch Dream Connect Center 2

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