Jerome Williams Jr brings with him15 years of Social Service experience to the U.S. Dream Academy. Throughout those years Mr. Williams has held multiple positions successfully which include Direct Care Staff, Mentoring, Wrap Around Services Coordinator, Supervisor, Program Manager, Social Worker, etc. Mr. Williams is originally from South Bend Indiana (Notre Dame Country) where his character, development and drive to serve was instilled into him by his parents Jerome Williams Sr and Stephanie Williams. Mr. Williams also served on the Honor Code Society and the Diversity Committee while completing his undergraduate degree at IUPUI University. Throughout his career, Mr. Williams has seen the barriers that the next generation face within their homes, schools, and communities and he has utilized the teamwork approach to help families and youth overcome those barriers and achieve desired outcomes.
Rebecca is excited to be the new Mentor Coordinator for the Indianapolis Center for the U.S. Dream Academy. A graduate of Indiana University with a Communications degree, Rebecca worked previously as the Director of a mentoring non-profit. She is excited to share with prospective mentors and partners the importance of fostering the dreams of our youth. Rebecca likes to travel and is learning Spanish. Rebecca loves movies and plays the piano.
Our DreamKids received a special treat when our partners at Magnovo Training Group surprised our students with their very own bikes, built by Midwest Mole, Inc. Midwest Mole, Inc. is a trenchless technology company that undertook a bike-a-thon team-building exercise offered by Magnovo Training Group. Magnovo helps companies develop team building through building new bikes, and then they give the bikes to deserving children.
Our DreamKids were the recipients of this particular exercise, and were delighted by the surprise treat (provided at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel). DreamKids received bikes, and helmets, from their new friends, who themselves enjoyed the process of working together to create something special for great kids. Thanks Magnovo Training Group and Midwest Mole, Inc.!
On April 28, our Learning Center hosted our year-end DreamKid Showcase, in which our DreamKids perform routines they learned through their work with the Movement Exchange of Butler University. The Movement Exchange is a nationwide organization with local chapters that promotes dance, movement, and discussion of social change through dance.
Dance diplomats from the Butler University chapter have been teaching a wide variety of dances and activities to encourage movement, cultural exchange, social awareness and critical thinking to our DreamKids for each of the past two years. Each year, DreamKids showcase what they have learned to highly-appreciative audience. Special thanks to Traveling Tutus Inc. for their donation of fun costumes for the Showcase. Thanks again, Movement Exchange at Butler for another great year!
The Indianapolis Learning Center opened its doors in January of 2008 with the unwavering support of USA Funds, the Office of Faith Based and Community Programs, One America and other committee partners listed below who make up the Indy Dream Team. The program, which continues to function with the help and support of the advisory "Dream Team," utilized John Marshall's year-round calendar to serve over 120 students since it’s inception, helping to build skills, character and develop dreams through innovative tutoring and mentoring initiatives. In planning for the 2010/2011 academic year, Dream Academy staff determined that an opportunity to partner with the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside (CAFE) would allow the team to serve a greater cross-section of the community. The program relocated to Charles H. Fairbanks Elementary School in 2012.
Magnovo Training Group
Old National Bank
Strada Education Network
Traveling TuTu Inc.
Crossroads Bible Church and Greater Works Church
Exchange Movement at Butler University
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Keystone Apple Store
Sigma Nu Fraternity at Butler University