Founded in February 2014, Dare to Dream endeavors to transform the lives of youth by helping them realize that their dreams are not deferred, but instead their dream are attainable. Dare to Dream accomplishes these goals by providing youth with access to resources, education and training needed in order for them to become successful. Since our establishment in 2014, we have completed two successful school supply giveaways that provided supplies to over 650 children. In addition, we have partnered with other non-profit agencies to assist with educational programming for children. One of our greatest accomplishments is obtaining our 501(c)3.
Dare to Dream's mission is to educate, empower, and enrich the youth and community through various educational and familial programs, as well as community activities. Our main goal is to ensure that local youth are equipped with the necessary school supplies because with the proper tools a child's academic confidence will increase ensuring that the child will perform to his or her greatest potential.
Dare to Dream accomplishes this feat through an Annual “Back to School Bash,” in which we provide book bags and school supplies to families in the local community that are in need of assistance.
The “Back to School Bash” includes school supplies give away, fun and games for the kids as well as a community cookout. Our plan is that each child will receive a book bag and various other school supplies.
In 2012, in partnership with a local ministry, we piloted our first “Back of School Bash” in which we gave away supplies to 177 children. In 2014, we provided 320 children with book bags and school supplies, and in 2015 we exceeded this number by 40 children with book bags and school supplies. From 2012 to 2015, we have distributed school supplies and book bags to approximately 957 children.
Currently, Dare to Dream is in the pilot phase of our “Next Step” mentoring program. This program consist of high school and middle school students as they begin to prepare for their next steps in life, whether college or the workforce.