Newsletter
October 2017


Mi Mundo Magazine
Written, Edited and DREAMed up by Our Student Journalists! 
 

 
Mi Mundo is excited to announce the release of our second issue!  After a summer of journalism workshops, the Mi Mundo team has put together a remarkable magazine about their community, their culture, and the problems that local youth are facing. This issue includes exclusive interviews with Robinson Canó, female kiteboarders, Cabarete firefighters, and much more!
 
In the Mi Mundo program students research their areas of interest and participate in workshops to build their writing and editing skills. To celebrate their hard work, the Mi Mundo students have begun distributing the magazine to local businesses and public schools. These student journalists will also be at the My Very Own Library® DREAM Book Fair on November 14th to discuss their work and promote their love of reading and writing.
 
This issue owes a special thank you to the editor, Ana Galan, and Adriana Romero, Maria Ros, Clara Sánchez-Vela, Laura Schoffer and Laura Vela for leading the journalism workshops, graphic design, and photography of the issue. Finally, thanks to our inaugural sponsors Freddy Tours, Carib Wind, Vela, Bachata Academy, Veritas Reality Group, Blossom, and Miró for believing in this amazing magazine!
Young Stars Saturdays
    

Our Young Stars program is excited to transition classes from daily to Saturdays, as a direct result of the Ministry of Education's historic switch to a full school day. The Saturday programs offer a way for at risk youth to continue as part of our innovative curriculum, offering much needed support.  Classes include art, basketball, volleyball, choir and computers and have been very popular with the over 80 students who attend. We are looking forward to growing and expanding creative and athletic opportunities for our students over the next few months.
80 Years and Still Learning...
 
Since 2012, DREAM has been proud to participate in  the annual Border of Lights event to honor the Haitian Massacre of 1937 in Dajabon. During this year's 80th anniversary, DREAM helped organize activities for students from both sides of the border. The first  plaque was installed to commemorate the event  and murals were created by Dominican and Haitian artists working together in Dajabon and  Ouanaminthe. Visit the Border of Lights website to learn more this incredible event. 
Puerto Cabarete's New DREAM Library

 
Cabarete's new full day school also has a new library! With funds from our "Best Education Non Profit Award" from Brugal, DREAM designed and created a model space for students, with shelves filled with award-winning titles in children's and young adult literature. During recess, the library is regularly filled with students who are discovering the joys of reading, one book at a time. 
A Ganar Puerto Plata
United for the Same Cause


Our young people from A Ganar joined the Patronato Manos Unidas Contra el Cáncer (Organization Hands United Against Cancer) , to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and to help people affected by this disease in P uerto Plata. Thank you, to Patronato Manos Unidas Contra el Cáncer , for allowing us to be part of this beautiful work that saves lives!
Parents Teaching Parents

Throughout October we have been training teachers in our Escuelita de Padres (School for Parents) at the DREAM Center. As the program grows, we are reaching more and more communities, creating agents of change. This year, we began training people from 17 different communities, including Cangrejo, La Union, Caraballo, Abreu, Santo Domingo, and La Libertad. These lessons are easy to replicate at home using everyday materials, parents are able to help their children develop to their full potential before entering the classroom. 
Luceros Grows!


After receiving a $150,000 grant from the Open Society Foundations in April, the Luceros Documentation Program has expanded substantially. This year, the program is working with six local public schools to manage the cases of all enrolled students who are lacking birth documentation. The public schools have referred nearly 300 cases to DREAM, and over 40 cases are currently being processed. To address the needs of students lacking documentation, DREAM has also partnered with the Ministry of Education, CEFASA, MUDHA, Christian Aid, and the UNHCR to help provide extra, long-term support to program participants. 
Bachata Academy Sounds in 
Punta Cana

 
Our DREAM iASO Bachata Academy band was honored to perform at the Punta Cana Salsa & Bachatu festival, on Friday, October 6th. After some incredible performances put together with the help of the Island Touch Dance Academy, our students went on stage and put on an amazing one hour performance, playing some of the most recognizable Bachata songs. After their incredible show some of the students were invited to perform along side Kiko Rodriguez on Saturday night. Que noche!
DREAMer of the Month
John Presime
 
 
With much pride, we congratulate our DREAMer of the Month, John Presime, a  graduate from Emprende Tu Futuro, A Ganar and an active coach of the Deportes Para la Vida Program.  John is part of the Dominican delegation of winners of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), 2017. John is currently in Little Rock, Arkansas,  learning about social leadership and  entrepreneurship  issues through connections between young leaders across the hemisphere.  Congratulations John, we are very proud of you! 
Donors of the Month 

A special thank you to all who gave this month, including:

Huber-Resor Charitable Fund      Erik Cima      Fa Perello      Denise Barbato          Glenn Keller      Grassroot Soccer, Inc.      JetBlue Airways Corp.
The RC22 Foundation      North Shore Land Holdings, Inc.
US Embassy, Santo Domingo      Carey Pope
Alexandra MacDonald      Friends School of Wilmington

A special thanks to our Shared Responsibility Partners!

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