Kyle D. Bacon is a transformational leader, dedicated to investing in the lives of youth and communities of promise. Kyle previously led the Mentor Program & Partnerships for the D.C. Learning Center where he utilized his acute skills in business and relationship curation for development and program implementation in creating a culture of mentoring centered around youth voice. Prior, Kyle ran a second chance program for youth with justice system experience in Ohio. As a skilled speaker, trainer, and curator of developmental relationships, Kyle has significantly impacted positive academic and life outcomes through his work and expanded the capacity of leaders, mentors, and volunteers to positively impact communities of promise. Kyle was recognized as a Champion of Change in Education for African American Youth by the Obama Administration, and he has also been acknowledged for his leadership and dedicated service with a range of other awards. His passion for mentoring and justice work spawns from a long-time family commitment of leadership and service to communities — rooted in civics, education and economic empowerment.
Joseph has a background in Elementary Education. He has worked in different capacities with youth for approximately 18 years. Joseph has a passion for the type of work that the US Dream Academy does. He looks forward to collaborating with other Mentor Coordinators in the organization and growing with US Dream Academy to effect change in the lives of students in the DMV.
Our wonderful Dream Academy parents were back at it again for the month of March. At our monthly Parent Council meeting, DreamParents came together to discuss ways to improve the Center, potential future workshop, and new fundraising approaches. One of their original fundraising ideas was one with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. For two weeks, parents planned, created posters and flyers, and gathered supplies for their fundraiser.
For only one dollar, students and staff of Turner Elementary could send a “Lucky Gram” – a personalized message and accompanying bag of candy, courtesy of Dream Parents – to any other student or staff member on campus to mark St. Patrick’s Day. Students enjoyed both sending and receiving a “Lucky Gram,” while DreamParents enjoyed making them and raising money at the same time. Thank you, DreamParents! We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
As part of our ongoing promotion of Healthy Living, in DreamKids created three new healthy lifestyles recipes to add to our Dream Academy cookbook. On March 2, we made southwestern quesadillas, and by using whole wheat tortillas, and adding lots of vegetables, we made this favorite meal a healthy one. A week later, the DreamKids made no-bake energy bites. This snack included dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, old fashioned oats, and flax seeds. We learned which of these ingredients gives us protein and helps keep us fuller longer.
On March 23, Ms. Shelby held a cooking class where the DreamKids made piña colada dip. For this recipe, DreamKids mixed together vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, lite cool whip, unsweetened coconut, and chopped nuts to create this light and healthy snack. The piña colada dip, in addition to being delicious, is perfect for spring time and summer. Who knows what tasty treats await in the months ahead…
The Learning Center at Ferebee Hope was the inaugural Learning Center site. The Center was commissioned in March of 2000 with an address by President Bill Clinton. Ferebee Hope Community School is located in the 8th Ward, south of Anacostia, in the southeast section of the nation’s capital. The school serves approximately 300 students in grades PreK-5 and added grade 6 for the 2009-10 academic year. With support from the 21st Century grant, DALC, in partnership with Communities in School for the Nations Capital is able to provide a state of the art model for afterschool programming for the children of southeast DC. The recreational resources offered at Ferebee Hope are a direct result of community activism to foster both positive social and physical activity for the children of the Washington Highland community of southeast DC.
In September 2013 we relocated to Turner Elementary.
Shriners As Mentors (SAMs)
United Way of the National Capital Area
University of Maryland - College Park Dream Bigger STEM Club
Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp
District of Columbia Public School Partner - Turner Elementary School
Georgetown University School of Medicine
George Washington University - Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service
Starting With Today, Inc.