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As an organization whose primary audience is black male youth, our hearts and minds are tormented by recent events that have become all too common. Every announcement that alerts us of the death of another black man reminds us first that this could be one of our boys, and second that this is why Dream Academy exists; to be a beacon of light and a safe space for our growing men who will be future community leaders, doctors, entertainers, husbands, politicians, teachers, and so much more. Our daily thoughts and prayers for them center around their safety and sanity and the hope that one day our communities will cease from having to place a hashtag in front of any more names.
We will not be silent.
We will continue to do the work necessary to effectively address the issues, find solutions, and create change in our communities.
–Brandon R. Scarborough | Executive Director, The Executive Board of Dreams Academy
The Bridges Program is an initiative of Dreams Academy to build “Bridges” between high school students of different backgrounds and races. This idea stemmed from conversations held during the Akron Community Foundation’s “On The Table” event, where friends, acquaintances and other invited guests gather to discuss chosen topics, which in 2019, Dreams Academy hosted a conversation on Race.
Our three main focus areas
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for young men ages 10-15
Dreams academy is for young men ages 10-15. Programming is split into 8 week sessions. During the 8 weeks, students will experience and be exposed to activities and thought-provoking dialogue that will holistically encourage and teach soft skills, problem solving, career guidance, and financial literacy.