Dream a Dream
Focus: Children and Youth, Volunteerism, Education, Sports For Development
Thank you! You can rest assured your contribution will be used to make a real difference
KICKING a ball is not the only thing football teaches. For vulnerable youth with little or no adult guidance, it can be a game changer that transforms their lives. Help Dream a Dream reach their goal.
YOUNGSTERS from impoverished backgrounds face so much adversity they are often psychologically impaired. Which means they find it difficult to engage with others or make good decisions about their lives – life skills that come naturally to many. Dream a Dream use the medium of sports and arts to demonstrate and develop these critical abilities to help troubled teens cope with life’s challenges. Rs 4,500 will pay for a four-day camp or Rs 8,000 for 40 hours mentorship for one young person.
BASED at two learning centres in Bengaluru, it equips 14-19-year-olds with knowledge and skills to make a healthy transition into employment. Besides career awareness workshops, DaD teach English, communication and money management skills and provide access to internships, vocational training and jobs. Manjunath, 18, is one beneficiary. Once struggling at school, he now works at a city clothing store and topped their sales calendar in his first week! Each Manjunath costs DaD Rs 4,000.
DaD have taken inspiration from an established global model for unlocking the potential of young people and adapted it to develop these skills in teachers and adult mentors. The core learning is that adolescents thrive when they feel supported and understood, instead of being reprimanded and put down. When teachers develop empathy for their wards, the tutees’ resistance to authority breaks down and learning becomes a collaborative process. The training cost per teacher is Rs 8,000-10,000.
The most amazing summer Internship! I’ve gained more good friends, more good memories, and more good experience than I could have imagined. It was such a great learning experience.
I never expected volunteering with Dream a Dream to change me. Working with young people directly gave me a new perspective. Their child-centric approach to all their programmes is something worth experiencing. Highly recommended.
Dream a Dream opens the gate for young people to see the world and realize their individual potential. The long lasting impact on a kid’s life and hence society at large is humongous.
- Vishal Talreja Chief Executive Officer
- Suchetha Bhat Chief Operating Officer
- Ramanan KS Chief Programme Officer