Empowering Vulnerable Young People with LifeSkills

by Dream A Dream Vetted since 2009 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified

Summary

Empowering over 10,000 young people every year from poor socio-economic backgrounds with critical life skills through sustainable engagement in an experiential After School program using sports, creative arts, mentoring and outdoor camps and in a Career Program. This program is an innovation lab where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented, evaluated, and fed back into a larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country.

$230,000
total goal
$170,618
remaining
555
donors
0
monthly donors
8
years

Challenge

We at Dream A Dream believe education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. It's crucial for young people to be equipped with literacy, numeric skills and life skills. It is these skills and abilities, inculcated in childhood, that make us successful as adults. They help people build a meaningful life for themselves and become productive members of the society. Young people from vulnerable backgrounds don't get opportunities for developing Life Skills.

Solution

Dream A Dream's programmes use innovative, interactive methods to engage with young people from vulnerable backgrounds. We provide non-traditional educational opportunities designed to allow them to explore, innovate and build important life skills. These include: 1. Interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication, negotiation and coping skills. 2. Cognitive skills such as decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking. 3. Creativity, confidence, self-awareness

Long-Term Impact

We are always looking to extend our programs' reach and empower more young people. We have a 5-year plan (2016-2021) to scale the impact of our work. We aim to: Empower 500,000 young people by training 15,800 adults in Dream a Dream's innovative Life Skills Approach. To measure the improvements in life skills amongst young people, we use the Dream Life Skills Assessment Scale-the first impact measurement tool in the world to measure improvement in life skills among disadvantaged children

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.dreamadream.org
Dream A Dream Website
Facebook Page
Life Skills development
Rights of Children

Organization Information

Dream A Dream

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.dreamadream.org
Project Leader:
Vishal Talreja
Cofounder & CEO
Bangalore, Karnataka India
$59,382 raised of $230,000 goal
 
771 donations
$170,618 to go
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