Evroy Marrett, a native of Orlando, Florida, is the Center Director in Washington, D.C. Mr. Marrett attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Mr. Marrett has 6 years experience in combined youth development and customer service relations including serving as the Community Service Chair of Iota Phi Theta, Inc. and Recreation Assistant at Frontline Outreach. Mr. Marrett has experience providing academic instruction, team-building activities and leadership skills for underserved and incarcerated teenagers providing them with realistic hope of their future endeavors by talking to them about life plans and short/long-term goals upon their release.
Kyle Bacon serves the D.C. Center as the Mentor Coordinator. Mr. Bacon is well acquainted with D.C., having graduated in 2003 with a BBA from Howard University School of Business. Mr. Bacon has vast experience working with youth, having served as an Intervention Specialist at Vision for Youth in Springfield, Ohio, as well as an Assistant Instructor for the Bullis School. Mr. Bacon is passionate about seeing youth in at-risk circumstances succeed. In his time working for the Springfield City Schools, Mr. Bacon provided one-on-one and small group intervention to over 200 at-risk potential dropouts, resulting in a 97% success rate in meeting standardized testing scores.
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.