Empowering Vulnerable Young People with LifeSkills

 
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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
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
Picture from the Camp
Picture from the Camp

Dear Co-Dreamers!!

As we continue our journey on creating a vibrant, positive, and healthy future for our young people; we are all set and geared up to start our regular sessions in mid-June.

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

Meet Alisha, a 15-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Sports and now she attends Life skills through Creative Arts Programme.  Her father is a plumber and her mother is a home maker. Her two elder brothers Suraj and Adit are doing their studies.

The challenge: Alisha was not at all confident about attending the initial days of the Creative Arts sessions. She used to be very nervous when asked a question, had problems in mingling with other members in the group, and did not want to take initiative in any activity.  However, after attending few sessions, with the help of group activities, she started to get involved in the group.

The Change:  She now takes care of other children in the class to help them in case of any issues in understanding during sessions.

The Dream Power:  Alisha says,“I am confident now. In the yoga class, when my teacher asks me to show the types of Asanas (Yoga postures); I show them without any hesitation. I take initiative in answering the teacher’s questions in my school. I grab opportunities to learn by expressing my view point. I can share my feelings now which helped me to get rid of my selfishness and it also helped me to know who my true friends are. I do not have stage fear now. For example, I did the ‘Master of Ceremony’ in the Children’s day celebration without any hurdle. This is because of the help from Dream A Dream classes. Now I feel I am thinking positively at each step. I want to become a Radio Jockey, my brother is my inspiration to do so. With the help of Dream A Dream, I am much more confident and I can achieve my dream.”

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

  1. We are all set to start our core programmes for 3500 young people in mid-June and have plans to reach out to 5000 young people in the coming months.
  2. 40-45 facilitators are being trained to deliver life skill programs to help deepen the impact of the programs.
  3. 32 children and 9 volunteers were part of our first Outdoor Experiential Camp of the year which happened from 18th to 21st May 2013.
  4. 133 young adults were benefited through our summer batches from 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 one of our young adult have successfully completed her Café Coffee Day Vocational training and has been successfully placed in one of the outlets in Bangalore.
  5. First cycle of Mentor training is scheduled to start on June 2nd for a set of 20-25 volunteers.
  6. Teacher Development Workshop was delivered to 52 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.  Here is what a teacher had to share from the workshop “Firstly, I have improved myself in a manner which will allow me to work patiently with children or with young people for their success.”
  7. 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; follow his everyday updates on his facebook page- Dreamer on the Go- Vishal Talreja

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!


Thank You!!

Reflections on an activity at the camp
Reflections on an activity at the camp
At teacher training
At teacher training

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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

"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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Organization

Dream A Dream

Jayanagar, Bangalore, India, India
http://www.dreamadream.org

Project Leader

Vishal Talreja

vishalta@gmail.com
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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Map of Empowering Vulnerable Young People with LifeSkills