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 15, 2012

Small Steps to Big Success!!

Fun in Learning
Fun in Learning

Its rightly said “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for” ~  Allan K. Chalmers

Thank You for adding these Something’s to the life of many young people from vulnerable backgrounds through our (Dream A Dream's) Life Skill Programs by giving them hope for the best from their future and also by bringing in a caring adult into their life in the form of a life skill facilitator or a mentor.

One such Hope and Aspiration is of Raju's (name changed). 
Raju has been a part of our football program for the last two years.  He is currently studyig in 8th standard at our partner organization.  When he came into our program, he was not very interested. He used to do what the coach told him, but he was very lazy in all the activities and used foul language during the session.  With regular attendance to the sessions, he gradually started improving both his football skills and even in his behaviour.  He used to help the facilitator and soon started building strong relationships with the other members of the team. From then on, he was happy. He told the facilitator that he would listen to everyone and respect his elders. When asked, whether it was the program that had led to these changes? and if so, why had he changed. He said that the program had previously been focused on learning football skills but now the focus is on teaching life skills as a part of the curriculum.  He said that the team agreements helped him to make changes in his behaviour both inside and outside the game.  He started to take initiative during the games and behave responsibly during the sessions.  If he had any doubts, he would clarify them in the session itself and he often came out with some very powerful and relevant questions.  “I feel like I too have changed through my involvement in the program.  I learned better ways to behave with my elders and with younger children, responsibility, how to take initiative and most importantly, I learned how to be a leader and I’m really happy I learned this because it is a very good quality to have.  I have learned that I have to be a good soccer player and the importance of relationships, not only in soccer but also in my life outside of the game. The football program has made a lot of changes in my life and I know how to work hard to achieve a bright future for myself.”


He also quotes:  “I have never seen this kind of program and it makes me feel good. The first session is one of the most memorable days of my life.  I have been playing football since I was 10 and I used to play very selfishly.  Once I lost a game due to my selfishness and this made me realise that being selfish is very bad and you can’t score a goal if you behave like that.  After going to some sessions, I have become much more honest, my football skills are a lot better and there have even been changes in my life. Thank you Dream A Dream!”

Organization and Program Updates:

  1. We have now reached out to 3152 children enrolled in our core life skills programs – 1737 in Life skills Through Sports and 1415 in Life skills Through Arts.  Over 108 batches are run across 17 locations in Bangalore - 48 batches in Life skill through Arts and 60 batches in Life skill through Football. 
  2. Two of our young adults were selected for a 1-year Professional Dance Development Certificate Program which is a scholarship by Lourd Vijay Dance Studio.
  3. Four Outdoor Experiential Camps were conducted engaging 122 children and 23 volunteers. This is what one of our volunteer had to say after the camp “Still contemplating all the amazing things I have experienced this weekend... thanks Dream A Dream for giving me the opportunity to volunteer for one of your Outdoor Experiential Camps! Loved it!”
  4. 300 young adults successfully completed their Life Skills for Career Development training at our DreamConnect Center, which offers the tools and foundational life skills necessary for career development.
  5. 60 young adults attended our very first Alumni Meet at the DreamConnect center. It was overwhelming to see the excitement and enthusiasm that the youths had upon learning about the different educational/career opportunities available to them. Everyone walked home with a smile and hope in their heart.
  6. We have started our 6-week Facilitation training in partnership with PYE Global-Partnership with youth empowerment where 16 Lead Trainers are being trained and prepared to deliver trainings across the country.
  7. Mr. Vishal Talreja, our Cofounder and Executive Director represented Dream A Dream at the StreetFootballworld and Sony European Graduate Program which happened in Libson, Portugal. Dream A Dream is a network member with Streetfootballworld Network has been one of the two organizations selected for the SONY European Graduate Programme Enterprise Project. As part of this project 5 of SONY’s Graduate Students have been selected to support Dream A Dream with establishing a strategic partnership with a sports based club, association or company to further Dream A Dream’s scale plans. The graduates will be volunteering offline with Dream A Dream between September 2012 – January 2013 on this project as part of their leadership development.
  8. Ms. Suchetha Bhat, our Head-Strategy was featured in the local newspaper, Bangalore Mirror, where she talks about our Dream Mentoring program.  Please click on the link to read the article http://www.bangaloremirror.com/article/81/20120922201209222022029779692d076/Wanted-not-teachers-but-awakeners.html

All this has been possible only due to the undying commitment and support from donors like YOU, who have helped us, Dream A Dream, to continue to reach out to many more young people in helping them unleash their potential and take over the life’s challenges with confidence.

Aug 29, 2012

Thank You for being a Hope to many Dreams!!

Vishwa Dewan
Vishwa Dewan

Currently, we have 3000 young people from some of the most challenging neighborhoods across 16 locations in Bangalore meaningfully engaged once a week in a 2-hour core Life Skills programs.  This has been possible due to the commitments and support from donors like YOU, who have helped us, Dream a Dream, to help young adults realize and reach out to their dreams, one at a time.

It was a Dream come true for our graduate, Vishwa Dewan, 19-year-old, Dream graduate, who aspired to become an animator, and got an opportunity to purse his Media studies at College of DuPage, Chicago.  Vishwa was selected to be one among the 42 Indian students to participate in the “Community College Initiative Program” which is an exchange program sponsored by United States Department of State.

He joined Dream A Dream and was part of the Life Skills Thru Football, outdoor camp, Fundays, and Dream Connect programs.  Vishwa picked up a lot of skills like learning to try new things, anger management, good communication, assuming leadership roles, etc.  He tells, “I was a very shy, silent, and lazy boy, but during the camps did lot of work, got an opportunity to show my leadership and was appreciated there.  I felt being active in life is very important.”

Vishwa’s aspiration was to join military and serve the country, but his eye problem did not support.  It was through the Dream Connect Program Vishwa explored his hidden talent and developed love towards Computers and wanted to do a degree in animation, but due to fat fee structure and financial problems had to join BSc in computers.  But now, he says, “I see a hope through Dream A Dream who has provided me with an opportunity to go to US to do Media Studies at College of DuPage, Chicago.” 

We at Dream A Dream are extremely proud of our young graduate who is on his path to realize his dreams with his commitment, faith, and determination. He reinforces our belief that with right learning opportunities and guidance they unleash their potential and take over the life’s challenges with confidence. 

Organization and Program Updates:

  • Two young graduates from Dream A Dream Life Skill Programs are selected to participate in the 'Community College Initiative Scholarship Program' sponsored by the United States Department of State. They are among 42 Indian students selected for the program.   Both of them are currently pursuing their courses at Whatcom Community College, Washington State and College of DuPage, Chicago respectively.
  • Dream A Dream has been selected to present a paper at the 2012 SMAANZ conference hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney focusing on the dual themes of "innovation and engagement", to discuss the impact created on the participants of the Dream Life Skills thru Football and Creative Arts programs.  http://www.cvent.com/events/smaanz-2012/event-summary-04b03bc6999f40acbc2783ad43f5e5b9.aspx
  • 240 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, from June-August 2012. 
  • 46 volunteers were enrolled to become mentors to young adults through Dream A Dream’s 2nd cycle of the Dream Mentoring Program for this year.  This is the first time we have had internal trainers Suchetha and Nilisha conducting the training and it was brilliant!  We look forward to another successful group of mentors to create life-long impact in the lives of young people!

Thank You for being the reason for many Dreams, Smiles, and Aspirations!!.

We look forward for a long-lasting relationship with you.

Warm Regards,

Team of Mentors all set to Mentor our Young Adults
Team of Mentors all set to Mentor our Young Adults
Jul 10, 2012

Dawn of Renewed Dreams and Aspirations!!

The energy and excitement says it all
The energy and excitement says it all

As we kick start the new academic year, at Dream A Dream we have 2650 excited children enrolled into our core Life Skill Programs delivered by 35 enthusiastic Life Skill facilitators across 13 different locations. 

Our sessions started with a promise for many dreams, aspirations, smiling faces and the eagerness to learn new things .This is validated by the quote from one of our volunteers who attended the Life Skills Thru Creative Arts Session. She says, "The smiles throughout this creative arts session were immutable. The Dream A Dream instructors led a lively and engaging session, encouraging the children to collaborate with each other on drawing projects and theatrical games and to express themselves with confidence. Everyone came together to create a constructive - and, above all, fun! - atmosphere."

One such aspiration was of Shankari’s to have a job and also to continue her education.  She attended spoken English, computers, and personality development sessions for a year at DreamConnect Center.  Shankari’s family often had no money to pay for their essentials.  As she lacked encouragement at home, she used to hesitate to interact with strangers.  After a few sessions with Dream A Dream’s personality development program, she is a changed person.   She talks confidently, and knows she can solve their family’s problems.  Now, she even saves money to support her parents.   She says, Now, instead of buying clothes unnecessarily, I save. When my mother did not have money for the gas cylinder, I paid. I had heard that lending money for interest is a good way of making money. Now that I know the risk, I am depositing money in a bank.”

After her PUC she started working with Youth Seva as a help-desk executive, and now, she has transited herself to work full time at Dream Connect Center, as a facilitator for community outreach (to inspire young adults to join Dream Connect Center), and is yet to enroll herself in an evening college to pursue her degree.

We at Dream A Dream are immensely proud of Shankari’s efforts and the confidence with which she takes over life’s challenges .  Young adults like her reinforce and strengthen our belief in continuing our work of providing Life Skills to young adults from vulnerable backgrounds. 

This could not have happened without the support of donors like YOU.  Our heartfelt appreciation to the support from each one of you who continue to encourage us in the work we do.  Thank You!!

Organization and Program Updates:

  • Completed our intensive 4-day training for 35 Life Skill Facilitators to help them effectively deliver our core Life Skill Programs.
  • Roll out of the New People Philosophy at Dream A Dream (a broad framework of basic values, principles and guidelines which are the foundation of people related processes and policies at Dream A Dream, used as a guide, and in spirit, to give direction and definition to the organization’s people policies).
  • Roll out of our new Life Skills thru Arts curriculum.  With brilliant support from Nadia of PYE (Partnership for Youth Empowerment) we have developed a completely new Life Skills thru Arts curriculum. This curriculum is new and fresh, involving various mediums of arts like poetry, theatre, music, painting etc. and has immense potential of being a very effective tool for self-reflection and learning.
  • Streamlining of database and processes for more effective child data management and assessment.
  • Manjunath, one of the graduates of the Dream Life Skills Program, currently working as a Senior Life Skills Facilitator represented Dream A Dream at the Dekeyser and Friends Sports Coaching Project with Jens Lehmann in Hamburg http://dfacademy.org/projects/sports-coaching-project  .  (15 international Fellows were chosen around the world, who came to Hamburg for 10 weeks in mid-April 2012 to learn how they could use sports to engage and empower young people.  During the following ten-month period, they will install their own project at home supported by the D&F Academy).
  • 2650 children in the age group of 9-15 enrolled into our Life Skills Programs for the year in this quarter.  Over 78 batches are run across 13 locations in Bangalore, India, once a week, engaging 25-30 children per batch in core Life Skills programs.
  • 2770 volunteer hours were clocked even before we started our core life skill programs for this year.
  • 97 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, in the month of June and July 2012.  We have enrolled 107 young adults for the upcoming batch this month.

Thank You for being the reason for many Dreams, Smiles, and Aspirations.  We look forward for a longlasting relationship with you.

Shankari, with her Confident Smile
Shankari, with her Confident Smile
Life Skill Facilitators at the training
Life Skill Facilitators at the training

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