Dream Academy News

Giant Food Pledges $500,000 to DMV-Area Organizations That Support Racial Equality

October 12, 2020 - U.S. Dream Academy

The U.S. Dream Academy has been selected as one of the recipients.

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Wintley Phipps Sings

July 28, 2020 - U.S. Dream Academy

Wintley Phipps Sings "Amazing Grace" At John Lewis Memorial Service

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Global Grand Challenges: Changing the National Conversation About Poverty and Economic Mobility

June 29, 2020 - U.S. Dream Academy

28 organizations from 18 states and D.C. receive $100,000 Grand Challenge Grants, Sponsored by a Group of 8 Philanthropic Partners

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Meet the gospel singer who has counseled presidents and Oprah

March 23, 2020 - U.S. Dream Academy

Continuing our Black History Month series “Breaking Through,” Carson Daly sits down with Wintley Phipps, who is not only a minister but a Grammy-nominated gospel singer, a philanthropist and Oprah Winfrey.

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AFRO Exclusive: U.S. Dream Academy Gala Inspires to “Dream”

July 15, 2019 - U.S. Dream Academy

As U.S. Dream Academy celebrated 20 years of building up, tutoring and mentoring youth who have incarcerated parents, throughout the country, they held their 18th Annual Power of A Dream Gala, with this year’s theme, “Dream Forward.”

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U.S. Dream Academy Receives $1M donation at 20th Anniversary Gala from Oprah Winfrey

June 07, 2018 - U.S. Dream Academy

The Gala honored Award-Winning Icon Cicely Tyson, MENTOR CEO David Shapiro, and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Alumna, Mpumi Nobiva

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3rd Annual Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction

October 02, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

ORLANDO, FL – U.S. Dream Academy is excited to announce the details of the 3rd Annual Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction, a dinner and auction to benefit after-school and mentoring programs in Orlando. This highly anticipated event will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016, and will take place at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL.

Wintley Phipps helps youth plan for and achieve their dreams

May 03, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

Wintley Phipps performs with the Dream Kids and the Takoma Academy Chorale at the U.S. Dream Academy's 15th annual Power of a Dream Gala on May 3, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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US Dream Academy awarded mentoring grant from U.S. Department of Justice

September 01, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

In September 2016, we received the exciting news that we were awarded a highly competitive national grant for $2 million from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to enhance our mentor program with increased mentor recruitment training and support, further adoption of the Developmental Relationship Framework, as well as the development of a new race and equity module for mentor training. This three-year grant also allows for further evaluation of our programs, improvement of our cloud-based database, and continued partnerships with The Search Institute and the American Institute of Research.

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U.S. Dream Academy Student Design Appears on XS Energy Gum

January 22, 2019 - U.S. Dream Academy

“We were asking ourselves, ‘How can we help some of the DreamKids develop a Dream Academy board member.

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US Dream Academy and Chipotle Team up in Maryland

December 14, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support U.S. Dream Academy.

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15th Annual Power of a Dream Gala: Growing Dreams

May 03, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

The U.S. Dream Academy focuses on impacting the lives of children with incarcerated parents thru an after school mentoring, tutoring and technology program in 7 cities, including Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and this is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Comcast News: 14th Annual Power of a Dream Gala

March 01, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

Yolanda Vazquez talks with C. Diane Wallace Booker, ESQ. , Executive Director, U.S. Dream Academy. They discuss the 13th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala that will take place June 11th, at the Hilton Hotel in Washington DC. Follow U.S. Dream Academy on Facebook and Twitter.

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Support While You Shop

December 02, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

This holiday season support the U.S. Dream Academy every time you shop online at no cost to you! Register for iGive.com, AmazonSmile or both! Select the U.S. Dream Academy as your charity of choice and a portion of each purchase will automatically be donated to the U.S. Dream Academy to help ensure we continue to create bright futures for our DreamKids. A child with a dream is a child with a future. *iGive has more than 1,700 stores in its network from Best Buy to Nordstroms. A percentage of each purchase will go directly to the U.S. Dream Academy. *AmazonSmile you will be able to enjoy the same great products and low costs while contributing to a good cause.The U.S. Dream Academy will receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.


We Support the 2016 National Mentoring Summit

December 18, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

The U.S. Dream Academy, Inc. is a proud Supporting Partner of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s 2016 National Mentoring Summit, exploring the theme of Connection | Growth | Opportunity. The event offers 65 workshops and compelling plenary sessions, bringing together practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and MENTOR’s network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact choose from. We encourage you to learn more about the event and additional engagement opportunities that are part of the Summit such as, the Capitol Hill advocacy day and Corporate Track for private sector supporters. We look forward to an informative and inspiring Summit this year! The sixth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place on January 27-29, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown.

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Orlando Learning Community Impact

December 04, 2016 - U.S. Dream Academy

Over our pilot program’s first three years, Orlando DreamTeens have a 94% on-time high school graduation rate.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network Features Wintley Phipps

November 10, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

The Oprah Winfrey Network Features Wintley Phipps on SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 PM EST.

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Wintley Phipps, US. Dream Academy Founder to Release New Ground Breaking Book

October 16, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

“Your Best Destiny” Becoming The Person You Were Created to Be on October 15, 2015

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Support the U.S. Dream Academy on December 1 #GivingTuesday

November 25, 2015 - U.S. Dream Academy

Join a Global Movement and Give Back

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Starbucks and Oprah Winfrey Come Together to Create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

March 19, 2014 - U.S. Dream Academy

SEATTLE, March 19, 2014 – Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo of Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), and Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, today announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration to co-create Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea. Beginning April 29, Teavana Oprah Chai will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana stores across the U.S. and Canada, with Starbucks making a donation for each product sold to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to benefit educational opportunities for youth.

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Silent Victims

August 27, 2014 - U.S. Dream Academy

When a parent goes to prison, children serve a sentence of their own.

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The Baltimore Sun

April 11, 2014 - U.S. Dream Academy
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Starbucks Donates $2 Million from Teavana Oprah Chai Sales to Benefit Young Leaders

October 09, 2014 - U.S. Dream Academy

Learning to “dream big” – U.S. Dream Academy Stephon Littles and his niece Dahmierah Baker were in elementary school when their fathers were incarcerated in unrelated incidents. Both children felt alone and were unsure of their futures. They didn’t have supportive adults around to help guide them during a painful time in their young lives. Then they found U.S. Dream Academy, one of the beneficiary nonprofit organizations.

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Read to Achieve: Giving High-Risk Kids Hope

November 07, 2013 - U.S. Dream Academy

Renowned vocalist and pastor Wintley Phipps has performed for American presidents and dignitaries around the world, but it was singing for prison inmates that perhaps touched him most—particularly seeing the dearth of hope in the eyes of children visiting their incarcerated parents.

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Congressman Fattah Promotes Bill Funding STEM Programs U.S. Dream Academy Supports

November 26, 2013 - U.S. Dream Academy

U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah used a stop in Philadelphia late last week to promote a measure that would divert monies recouped from federal seizures and not used for victim restitution toward three broad programs, including funds for programs related to science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.

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Salt Lake City Tribune - Utah Jazz starsMo Williams and Derrick Favors host basketball clinic for Dream Academy

October 24, 2012 - U.S. Dream Academy

And they said the Jazz don't allow headbands. One girl wore a pink one to hold back her hair, and another had a flower tucked behind her ear. The Jazz hosted 38 at-risk local youths from the U.S. Dream Academy for an afternoon clinic Wednesday at Zions Bank Basketball Center. The children worked on basketball skills with point guard Mo Williams and forward Derrick Favors and listened to coach Tyrone Corbin talk about his own childhood, growing up in a single-parent home in the projects of Columbia, S.C.

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Deseret News - Utah Jazz Host Salt Lake City Dream Academy Students

October 24, 2012 - U.S. Dream Academy

SALT LAKE CITY — Hours after their morning workout, Mo Williams and Derrick Favors returned to the Utah Jazz's practice facility to spend time with a group of kids.

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Dream Academy partners with software developer Ancile

April 11, 2011 - U.S. Dream Academy

ANCILE (pronounced an-SIGH-lee) just held the grand opening for its world headquarters on Marshalee Drive. The company, which broke off from RWD Technologies last year, provides online help and products for employee training.

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The U.S. Dream Academy, mentioned in NY Times Op Ed piece by Nicholas Kristof

June 13, 2010 - U.S. Dream Academy

The author Wes Moore escaped partly because of family support and partly because he was helped by mentors at his military school. Not surprisingly, Mr. Moore believes passionately in mentoring, partly because so many boys in poor families have no father at home and lack male role models. He mentors boys and girls in Baltimore and New York and is directing some of the profits from his book to two organizations that provide mentoring. Two Men and Two Paths: ...One is City Year, which supports young people taking a year of public service to work in impoverished neighborhoods. Another is the U.S. Dream Academy, which supports children whose parents are in prison (and who are consequently at great risk themselves of tumbling into trouble).

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Top mentor brings smiles, confidence to young boy, Deseret News

May 29, 2009 - U.S. Dream Academy

The U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit charity, sponsors after-school learning centers in Salt Lake City and nine other cities in America. The academies are meant to break the cycle of generational incarceration and poverty by giving at-risk children, such as those with incarcerated parents or a destructive home life, a place to learn and play after school. This includes having a personal mentor.

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Wintley Phipps, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

April 10, 2009 - U.S. Dream Academy

Grammy-nominated Gospel singer Wintley Phipps is a familiar voice at big national events. At President Barack Obama’s National Prayer Service following his Inauguration, Phipps’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” brought the entire National Cathedral audience, including the new president and first lady, to their feet. But he says it’s just as meaningful to him when he sings in places like prisons.

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Podcast with Louis Gossett, Jr., Politico.com

May 25, 2009 - U.S. Dream Academy

Gossett Jr. was in town for last week's "Power of a Dream" gala, which provides support for the children of prisoners. Click and listen to the full podcast to find out what Gossett hopes Obama will do on the issue of criminal justice, and how he thinks D.C. has changed over the years.

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Louis Gossett & Taraji P!, The Scene Bisnow

May 27, 2009 - U.S. Dream Academy

We kicked off the Memorial Day weekend early last Thursday with the U.S. Dream Academy Gala at the Ritz Carlton, where actors, musicians, and news anchors convened to give children of incarcerated parents a chance at a brighter future.

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Conference Wrap-Up: NABCJ in Orlando, Corrections.com

August 04, 2008 - U.S. Dream Academy

The four-day event was kicked off by legendary gospel singer Dottie Peoples who performed for the crowd. Recording artist Wintley Phipps sang and spoke as well, focusing on the importance of family, unity and togetherness. Phipps founded the U.S. Dream Academy, a national non-profit that mentors children of inmates as well as those failing in school.

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IBOAI Lauds Quixtar’s Support of the U.S. Dream Academy Says Jody Victor; WebWire

November 08, 2005 - U.S. Dream Academy

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 28, 2005 – Jody Victor of the Independent Business Owners Association International (IBOAI) announced the trade association’s enthusiastic support for Quixtar’s sponsorship of the U.S. Dream Academy.

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U.S. Dream Academy to expand in D.C. area, Washington Business Journal

November 25, 2008 - U.S. Dream Academy

U.S. Dream Academy will double the size of its after-school mentoring and technology training programs for at-risk youth in D.C. and nine other cities. Plans to add 15 new centers by 2013 will be made possible through a $2 million donation from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

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Orlando hotelier one of five national honorees at Dream Academy banquet, Orlando Business Journal

May 02, 2005 - U.S. Dream Academy

Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen is among five honorees to be recognized by the U.S. Dream Academy Inc. at a gala fund-raising dinner to be held May 24 in Washington, D.C.

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His dream: An end to the family prison cycle, St. Petersburg Times

November 04, 2004 - U.S. Dream Academy

Born in Trinidad and raised in Montreal, Phipps didn't become intimately familiar with gospel music until he attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala. As his recording career blossomed, Phipps, who has earned degrees in theology and divinity, began ministering in prisons. Visiting with inmates had a profound effect. "It's one thing to hear that one out of every three African-American men are in prison or on probational parole," Phipps said. "But when you're walking around the prisons and it looks like Morehouse, when it looks like a historically black college, it shakes you to your core, especially if you have children."

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