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 28, 2013

Stars in the making!!

Excited young adults at our recent Camp
Excited young adults at our recent Camp

We are excited to share with you many updates and highlights as we are nearing the close of our programmes for this year.  We are all geared up for the Graduation Ceremony on March 3rd, where 252 young adults are graduating from our Life Skills Programmes.  Thank you for making all this possible, we would have never made it without your support.

In this update we would want to share with you story of Rani, who is part of our Life Skills Program since last year,

Meet Rani (name changed) from our Life skills through Creative Arts Programme:   Story as narrated by our facilitator.

Rani is 14 years old and has been a part of Dream Life Skill programmes since 2 years.  Rani was previously very shy in nature, she would avoid making herself heard or seen in a crowd. She would get tensed when she was asked to do something.  Almost always, she needed a friend to assist her in completing a task or assignment, and even trying to persuade her to participate was difficult.

Change after being in our Programme:

However, as time passed, with the use of group activities, she became more involved in the Dream A Dream Creative Arts session.  She recently put herself into a leadership role in one such activity within the curriculum that was intended to teach ‘responsibility.’  The activity was new and exciting to her which made Rani realize she can make behavioral improvements independently.  She is gaining the courage to take on initiatives and become a leader in the group.

Rani says, “I’ve had the opportunity to express my feelings. I realized the importance of 100% participation in any activity. This helped me to speak without fear in front of people.

When the Deloitte company personnel visited our school, they appreciated me for speaking aloud with enthusiasm and boldness. All these compliments gave me courage which enabled me to participate in a school speech competition. I did not get nervous. In previous years’ speech competitions, I used to get so nervous. 

Dream a Dream helped me understand how to appreciate other people including friends, family, and teachers. I learned compromising things in life. I am no longer putting other people down. 

Thanks to the Dream A Dream team for giving me the opportunity to know about myself and discover my best qualities.”

She says, her family is her inspiration and she aspires to become a district collector.

Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (December 2012 – February 2013):

  1. We continue to deliver our core life skills programmes –114 batches are run across 18 locations in Bangalore - 51 batches in Life Skills Through Arts and 63 batches in Life Skills Through Football.
  2. Four Outdoor Experiential Camps were conducted engaging 149 children.  The last camp for the year was concluded on 22nd to 25th of Feb 2013.    During this camp, when asked young adults how they would keep the learning from the camp alive, a young adult from the camp said, "I will make my dream to become an actor happen....and when I am famous and being interviewed, I will tell them that it was the Dream A Dream camp that changed my life".
  3. 226 young adults were benefited from Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Centre, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.  We are also happy to share with you that Padma and Srinivasulu have now finished their scholarship course at LVDS (one of the top dance schools) and are now employees at LVDS; and Girish one of our graduate has been selected to be part of 1 year course in Media Studies through Community College Initiative funded by the US consulate.
  4. A 2-day training session was organized with Play for Peace (a global learning community) to train our Life skill facilitators and lead facilitators to use different mediums like puppet making, puppet show, different team building activities, etc. to interact with young people to make sessions more effective.
  5. Dreamers Unlimited – A volunteer evening was organized to get the volunteers to interact and appreciate their time and efforts.   Everyone left inspired to do more to give back to the community.  Read more about the evening in this blog post http://dreamadream.org/2012/12/volunteer-evening/
  6. 65 mentors are part of engaging 82 young adults through our Dream Mentoring programme, and the third cycle of Mentor training is scheduled to start on March 3rd for a set of 20 volunteers.  Two new mentor trainers were trained to deliver the Mentoring Program.
  7. A Teacher Development Workshop from Dream A Dream was conducted on 2nd and 3rd Feb 2013 for 17 teachers from Mt. Everest School. The workshop was focused on Life Skills Facilitation, and the teachers were also trained on principles of effective engagement with children.
  8. Unlock 10,000 Smiles – A online fundraising campaign was launched on Jan 1st with the intention to make 2013, A year of happiness.  We urge you to make a small contribution and make a difference to someone else’s life by unlocking a few smiles.  The campaign ends on March 31st.  Visit our www.unlocksmiles.com page to know more about the campaign.

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!

Thank You!!

A snap shot from our Volunteer Evening
A snap shot from our Volunteer Evening
Jan 19, 2013

New Year! New Hopes!!

Volunteers at 1st day of Mentoring training
Volunteers at 1st day of Mentoring training

As we usher the New Year with lots of excitement and Dreams, we appreciate your sincere support that has helped us in motivating many young people over  the years. This milestone was only possible with your belief in our work.

We offer our thanks and wish you peace and joy throughout the New Year.

To start the year with happiness and hope, we would like to share this story from this year’s program. 

Meet Gowri  (name changed) from our Life Skills Through Creative Arts Programme:  Story as narrated by our facilitator. 7th standard, Stella Mary’s School, one of our partner schools.

Gowri has been in our Life Skills Through Football Programme since last year and this academic year she opted to be part of our Life Skills through Creative Arts.

Gowri’s father is a policeman, she is very proud of him and her mother is a housewife.    When Gowri started attending our life skill programme this year she was negligent in the sessions during the first month, she would only get along with close group of 3 to 4 friends and would not participate fully in the session or interact with facilitator.

Changes after being in our Programme:

After a few weeks, she started to enjoy the sessions.  She started to ask questions and take leadership.  This change in her was evident in one reflection circle, a time where young children discuss and share about how they felt being part of the activity in the day’s session and reflect on their thoughts, very few students were participating; then she said – “lets all talk, lets share our feelings so that we can also learn from your experiences as well, so come up and speak”.  She also started to help others who needed help with understanding. 

In her words: “Dream life skill showed me a new life; I learned that we should not be selfish and partial to others. I understood what is my real life, dream life skills have made me realize what is my real life. I learned good habits, good discipline and good manners, how to respect the others. Now, I really understand my goals and aims, etc. I understand my friends habits, hobbies, character, likes, dislikes ,etc. the sessions taught me how to face challenges. I had a lot of stage fear earlier, now after coming to Dream life skills programs, I have no stage fear; I can speak anywhere. Earlier, I used to shiver with fear when any teacher asked me any question. I used to get tense about thinking whether my answer will be right or wrong. But now I am in a position to answer to any questions asked by the teachers without any fear. I visited my relative’s house in the Dasara holidays, where all relatives planned to make a game. I took the leadership of one group in that game and we won the game at the end. Everyone started praising me. I felt overwhelmed! Everyone asked how I became so active as opposite to my earlier nature of being a silent girl. I told them its due to dream life skills. Not only at my relative circle, but in classes and at house also, I am mingling with others with ease, and I make a lot of friends now.”

 “I want to become a fashion designer in my life; else I will become a doctor.”

 

Organization and Programme Updates (November 2012 – January 2012):

  1. We continue to deliver our core life skills programmes –114 batches are run across 18 locations in Bangalore - 51 batches in Life skill through Arts and 63 batches in Life skill through Football.  Young people from our football program participated in SPT tournament and the team won 4-0 there.
  2. Two Outdoor Experiential Camps were conducted engaging 80 children.
  3. 154 young people were benefited from Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Center, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.  We are also happy to share with you that Girish, one of our graduate and employee, has been selected to be part of 1 year course in US through community college initiative conducted by the US consulate.
  4. A 2-day training session was organized with Play for Peace to train our Life skill facilitators and lead facilitators with different ways and mediums like puppet making to interact with young people to make sessions more effective.
  5. Dreamers Unlimited – A volunteer evening was organized to get the volunteers to interact and appreciate their time and efforts.   Everyone left inspired to do more to give back to the community.  Read more about the evening in this blog post http://dreamadream.org/2012/12/volunteer-evening/
  6. 50 excited volunteers have signed up to attend the second cycle of our mentor training which started on 13th January and 4 volunteers have signed up to become mentor trainers and the training started on 16th January.
  7. Unlock 10K smiles – A fundraising campaign was launched on Jan 1st with the intention to make 2013 - A year of happiness.  We urge you to make a small contribution and unlock smiles.

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!

P.S. - Both links attached below

  1. Dream A Dream’s 10K Smiles campaign was featured in the Hindu. Check out the article through the attached link
  2. To unlock smiles click on the link below.  

Thank You!!

Volunteers bonding through celebration
Volunteers bonding through celebration
Snapshot from Gowri
Snapshot from Gowri's Creative Arts session

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Nov 29, 2012

Thank you for your Invaluable Support!

"Man is made by his belief.  As he believes, so he is." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Around 4000 young people from Dream A Dream Life Skill Programmes are on their path to strengthen their belief in themselves by realizing their potential and explore various opportunities for their future.  Thank you for helping us continue this journey.

Meet Ravi (name changed) from our Life skills through Football Programme:   Story as narrated by our facilitator.

Ravi has been in the football programme for the last one year.  Initially when we started the programme with the structured sessions, he did not understand what was being taught to him.  He never used to mingle with any of the other young people in the sessions; he was also very naughty and often used foul language.  I used to try and exclude him for some time during the sessions for bad behaviour and even one of his school teachers came and told me to exclude him from the session. His parents also complained about his behaviour saying that he was being disrespectful, taking money from them without their knowledge and fighting with his brother. He would also lie to them, telling that there was a sports programme and arrived home very late. After we excluded him from a few sessions, he came to classes and pretended to behave.

Change after being in our Programme:

One day, the young people had a structured session with the topic being ‘Dealing with Parents’. All the young people spoke about their parents and everyone spoke positively about their relationship with their parents, explaining that they loved their parents and their parents in turn also loved them. I then shared my personal story. I used to disobey my parents and as a result, faced a lot of difficulties in my life. This story had a lot of impact on Ravi and he understood the importance of respecting his parents. His behaviour gradually improved both in the sessions and at home.

Sharing personal stories and building a personal connection with young people with authenticity helps build trust in them.

Organization and Programme Updates (September - November 2012):

  1. We continue to deliver our core life skills programmes –114 batches are run across 18 locations in Bangalore - 51 batches in Life skill through Arts and 63 batches in Life skill through Football. 
  2. Three Outdoor Experiential Camps were conducted engaging 116 children and 17 volunteers. A quote from Asma, who was at our camp "I wish that this whole world should change like this, each one should have respect, appreciation, care, and say kind words to each other then there will never be any ill or bad air in nature." ~ Asma, 9th standard, EES Bommanahalli
  3. 271 young adults successfully completed their Life Skills for Career Development training at our Dream Connect Center, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.
  4. We have completed our 6-week Facilitation training in partnership with PYE Global-Partnership for Youth Empowerment where 16 Lead Trainers were trained and prepared to deliver trainings across the country.
  5. Mr. Vishal Talreja, Cofounder and Executive Director presented the Dream A Dream model and its journey to students at IIM Ahmedabad on 19th November 2012.
  6. Volunteer Survey 2012 rolled out to study the personal, social, economic, and cultural impact of volunteering on volunteers through an online questionnaire.
  7. As part of our scale plan, 2 life skill facilitation workshops for adults were conducted to teachers from our partner schools and Salaam Bombay Foundation.  We also had, 2 life skills facilitation trainings for Dream A Dream staff.

Your support has repeatedly played a key role in continuing our programmes with young people from vulnerable backgrounds realize their potential to take over life’s challenges with confidence.

P.S. - Both links below

  1. To know about our aspirations from Last Year, please check our Annual Report 2010-11.
  2. We will be recruiting mentors periodically, to know more about mentoring program, please watch our video "Be a caring adult.  Be a mentor."  If you wish to become a mentor please write to volunteer@dreamadream.org.

Thank You!!

Life Skill Facilitation Workshop for Teachers
Life Skill Facilitation Workshop for Teachers

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