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.
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
Nov 25, 2013

Growth with Care

Dear Codreamers,

“Growth” is the word that best captures Dream A Dream’s journey so far this year. We have now reached out to 4739 young people directly through our life skills programme. Our Dream Team is growing and today we have 70 member staff with sharp design and delivery skills.

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

Meet Goutham, who is studying in 4th standard and has been part of our Dream life skills programmes since the start of this year.

The Challenge:  When we started sessions, he was very mischievous and would sit in the back bench of the class and disturb his friends. He was never attentive in class and showed the same behaviour in our sessions. He would pretend to be doing the assigned activity during the sessions. One day, I sat with him and spoke with him regarding this issue and asked him to be attentive in the classes and to understand the instructions carefully before he does the activity. During the next session in the Reflection circle I asked Goutham to take initiative and speak about the experience he had in the activity. He said “I don’t know what to speak.“  After the session that day, we both had another chat for 20 minutes and I explained that if he had participated in the activity with interest and dedication he would have been able to speak like the others. Also I explained what life skills are and why they are important just like academics is in our life.

The Change:  From that day Goutham has realized and has been showing interest in sessions and also participates very actively. Now, he loves the sessions so much that he asks me to take more than 3 classes in a week. He follows all instructions carefully and asks for clarifications. He also takes initiative to lead the group.

The Dream Power:  At Dream A Dream, we take pride in our approach to bring 'care and empathy' into our engagement with young people through Life Skills Facilitators like Kishen. Kishen’s ability to build a personal bond with Goutham and gain his trust; Kishen’s ability to not give up on Goutham and create a safe and supportive learning space for Goutham are hallmarks of Dream A Dream’s unique approach to learning.

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights:

  • 4739 young people are enrolled in our life skills programmes: 1890 in Life Skills through Football and 2849 in Life Skills through Creative Arts. Quote from the field I like all games in Dream A Dream class and those life skills is helping in my personal life; how I can plan for study and managing some personal problem”. Young person, 9th Standard.
  • 206 young people were part of our 6 Outdoor Experiential Camps.
  • At our Dream Connect Centre:
    • 610 young people were engaged in our career based life skills education with a healthy gender ratio of 10 boys for every 12 girls enrolled in the course.
    • 97% of young people showed significant improvement in computer skills.
    • As part of last mile support programme 11 young people were provided job placements.
    • “Saturday Kalarava” – An evening get together was initiated and will happen on every third Saturday bringing together young people, volunteers, alumni and other stake holders to network, engage, contribute and learn new things which can be applied in daily life.
  • 1288 volunteers were engaged, clocking 11,606 volunteering hours.
  • Teacher Development Programme is delivered through a series of 4 workshops called Teacher Development Programme (TDP #1, 2, 3, & 4) focused on engaging, enabling, and empowering teachers and youth workers which in turn helps them to empower young people with life skills in their own schools and regions. 156 teachers/youth workers have successfully completed TDP #1 and 43 teachers or youth workers have successfully completed TDP #1 and #2. Quote from a teacher "This training programme made me very bold and confident and also helped me to discover myself."
  • Our Head of Programmes, Ashok G, being selected as one of the speakers at the EDUCASPORT World Forum, Paris France in November 2013 to share best practices and the Dream A Dream way in the area of Sports for Development. http://www.educasport-worldforum.org/en/dream-a-dream-un-reve-sportif-au-coeur-des-bidonvilles-indiens/
  • A team of six young people from Dream A Dream have been selected to represent us at the Football for Hope Festival 2014, to be held during the climax of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ in Rio de Janeiro - http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/sustainability/football-for-hope.html
  • Two of our Dream Graduates, Santosh & Vishwa, who have just returned from a US Consulate sponsored one-year study programme in the US featured in the press (Pages 20-21) http://www.joomag.com/magazine/boiled-beans-september-2013/0992266001379671546

We look forward for your continued support and an enduring relationship.

Thank you!!

Teachers at a TDP training
Teachers at a TDP training
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