Back in 2004, DREAM realized that local youth
spent far too little time in school--less than 3.5 hours per day!
Our solution was a summer program,
a 4 week adventure that would inspire the kids to develop a
learning. That summer, we hosted a group of 6 volunteers from Dartmouth college and launched our first DREAM Summer
with 60 youth. Today, DREAM is hosting more than 1,000 youth in 8 camps
across the country
, responsible decision
culture, literacy, sports
and community involvement.
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Our Literacy Revolution: A New Abreu Library
Third and sixth graders in t
he Dominican Republic
had the lowest reading levels among students in 15 countries in Latin America according to the latest comparative study, TERCE.
DREAM is inspiring thousands of young readers
through diverse initiative including
My Very Own Library, Mobile Libraries, Book Clubs and
Libraries. Thanks to innovative partners such as
Friends & Family of Anne Feeley
, Ace Bailey, Moller Family Foundation,
this literacy movement has gained international recognition. Our latest step forward has been alongside the community of Abreu and Cabrera, starting with architect Eric Urbahn, we were proud to bring together parents, community leaders and local residents to build our newest library in the Escuela Bàsica Màximo Acosta in Abreu. Let the reading begin!
Each July, DREAM is proud to partner with
The Butterfly Effect
, a worldwide water movement that brings women together in a non-competitive gathering celebrating community and love of the ocean, while instilling confidence in women of all ages and skill sets. 100% of proceeds from the Goodbye Dinner to be held Saturday July 8th at Velero will go towards our Summer School and Camp Program, benefiting more than 1,000 local youth!
Be the Effect, register or donate today!
Global Connections are Everywhere!
Our busy summer season of visiting Global Connection Groups is in full swing, with more than 100 international volunteers investing more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work and US$50,000 into our local economy and public schools. This summer, we are providing English as a Second Language
, in addition to much needed infrastructure improvements. Thank you Texas State University, Pan American Academy Charter School, Wilmington Friends School and our partners at Education First! Let's keep DREAMing Big together!
The CCB Benefit Launches DREAM's First Montessori Classroom in Santo Domingo!
The DREAM Project, jointly with
, inaugurated its first Montessori classroom in the sector of Guachupita, Santo Domingo.
bears the name of world
a longtime supporter of DREAM's expansion in the capit
Classroom teachers are trained in Montessori methodology to provide
to more than 50 young people. The Virgen de Carmen School works very close
Regional District 15
of the Ministry of Education
and plans to
more educational programs.
It was a perfect week of 65 students, 10 teachers and 30 hours of fun! Music, dance and recycled art formed the basis for students to develop their musical talents and explore the world through movement. The iASO Bachata Academy and Contemporary Musicprograms formed mixed groups to perform classic songs from all genres. A special thanks to our incredibly talented guests Allison Rivera, Helena Dardelet, Marcelo Tavarez and the Yemaya Tribe dance crew. Like our Facebook page to get invited to the next concert!
Gerardo Aponte Martínez
Gerardo is back in Cabarete for his fourth summer as Academic Director of one of DREAM's largest summer camp sites. Under Gerardo's leadership, our teachers have received high quality professional development workshops, new curriculum and instructional strategies, and consistent support in the classroom. Gerardo is joining us after having just received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. ¡Felicidades Dr. Aponte Martínez! Students and staff alike are thrilled that he is returning for another fun summer of learning, and we are forever grateful for the years he has dedicated to our education community.
Donors of the Month
A special thank you to all who gave this month, including:
Wilmington Friends School
Apartments Dulce Vida
Foundation to Promote Open Society
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Tours Trips Treks and Travel
The RC22 Foundation
Dominican Joe Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Purchase a copy of
Un León en Cabarete
online or at the DR Office in Cabarete. 100% of the proceeds go to DREAM!
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*NEW* Address for check donations in the US:
The DREAM Project
13 Winter Lane
Milton, VT 05468