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DREAM for Philly kids

A team for The DREAM Program, Inc.

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"DREAM for Philly kids" is a team racing for the future of Philadelphia children!


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We're rocking the Oktoberfest half in Pennypack Park this fall (on October 26th) to help DREAM reach more kids living in low-income housing in Philadelphia. We hope you can join our team!

You can join our group by clicking "fundraise" on the right (we'll be in touch after).

DREAM's mission is to change the life outcomes of youth living in affordable housing by providing high quality, college-based Village Mentoring, summer enrichment, local and regional adventures, support for post-secondary success, and an unwavering commitment to dreaming big.

According to research conducted by the Pew Trust, Philadelphia has the 6th highest poverty level in the United States. The negative impacts of poverty and growing up in poverty stricken communities can be devastating to the future success of children and youth. Children from low-resourced communities are:

  • 40% to 70% less likely to graduate from high school than their more affluent peers
  • Twice as likely to be held back a grade and more than twice as likely to not finish high school
  • Very unlikely to achive a four-year college degree (9% compared to 54% of youth from more affluent communities)

Mentoring is a proven, cost-effective preventative measure to help insulate youth from the negative impacts of poverty; every $1 invested in mentoring today saves $3 in future costs associated with poverty.

DREAM children receive:

  • Weekly one-on-one and group mentoring on college campuses
  • Ongoing support for academic success and college access
  • Introductions to new places and experiences, locally and nationally, including DREAM’s summer adventure facilities (a summer camp in northern VT and a sea program in Boston)
  • Year-round and year over year continuous programming, from age 5 through high school graduation

Team Captain

Mike Foote Mike Foote

I want more kids to DREAM.