This event will directly benefit the Dream Academy Learning Community in Orlando that is designed to provide long-term support - from elementary to high school graduation - for students living in high-risk neighborhoods. Our primary target group of young people are students with multiple risk factors including parental incarceration, living in poverty, impacted by trauma or falling behind in school by the third grade.
The US Dream Academy is a national after-school tutoring, values enrichment and mentoring program whose mission is to advance education as an effective tool to break the inter-generational cycle of incarceration. Students served by the Dream Academy may have an incarcerated parent or family member and/or may be falling behind in school. Beyond school, every young person the Dream Academy serves must spend an additional 11-15 hours each week in a stimulating learning environment. This principle, its research-based programs along with it distinctive mission uniquely positions it from other after-school recreation and mentoring programs. Significantly above average successful on-time high school graduation rates is one measure of its program effectiveness. The Orlando Learning Center is housed within Memorial Middle School in the Parramore neighborhood but it serves students across 5 Orange County Public Schools (Pineloch Elementary, Catalina Elementary, Memorial Middle School, Jones HS and Oakridge HS) The Orlando community at-large benefits when all of its community members regardless of challenged socio-economic beginnings, has an opportunity to achieve an education, be gainfully employed and thus the means to have a place to call home.