The DREAM Program, Inc.

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The DREAM Program, Inc. is a mentoring organization that pairs college students with children from affordable housing neighborhoods.

Founded in 1999 by Dartmouth College students, DREAM has grown to work with thirteen colleges and eighteen affordable housing communities throughout Vermont and Massachusetts. We currently support over 350 mentoring pairs.

A child in DREAM has access to a variety of experiences, including:

  • Weekly one-on-one and group mentoring
  • Summer activities in his or her community
  • Summer and winter programming through our Adventure Programming innitiatives
  • Local and regional end-of-semester adventure trips

Our programming is a an experience driven through empowerment, with a child participant's desires being considered first and made possible by our volunteer mentor's abilities, experiences and motivations. It is decidedly not a "top-down" experience where activites could be decided by DREAM’s office staff and delivered as a service to children. Instead, mentors and children plan their activities together. This unique program design cultivates decision-making and leadership skills among mentors and children.

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