Soft skills, career guidance, and manhood principles for success

Dr. Yusef Salaam

Visits Akron

Here are highlights and interviews from the Dr. Yusef Salaam lecture presented by Dreams Academy at the City of Joy Event Center in Akron, Ohio.

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

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Live and Pre-recorded sessions will be held Monday – Thursday starting July 1in our own virtual classroom. Young men ages 7-15 can apply today. Cost is $25 per student BUT we are offering to all of our families a FREE week of programming to acclimated and to see what Dreams has to offer. Head to the Apply Now page and reserve your spot today

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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.

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music & media lessons

The Dreams Academy Music and Media Center is a community hub for both children and adults to learn and hone their musical talents.  The DAMMC offers private lessons in piano, drums, bass, guitar, and voice. We will also offer specialty sessions are tailored for groups of 5-10.

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In just a few hours, meet us on FB Live for an Hour of Inspiration with some of the city’s finest singers and musicians. This is part of my 40th birthday celebration and supporting @dreamsacademyusa. Meet us on the @cojlec page at 7 PM! ...

Thank you for supporting the mission and movement of @dreamsacademyusa ...

We just want to live....praying for our nation, our people, and our black boys and men!
#Repost @charlesjenkins with @get_repost
Special Moment. Thk U Young Princes @keedronbryant & @aronthebassist #PositiveAir

Wishing all of our Dreams Moms and mother’s all over the world, a Happy Mother’s Day. We celebrate you for your sacrifices, care, and the love you show to those that you have the awesome responsibility of raising! We love you! ...

Dreams Academy traditionally does the Mother’s Day surprises but due to current conditions, we have Gift Boxes available this year. Limited quantity available. Must have orders in by Wednesday at 8 pm.
You are able to get one word customized on the wine glass. Gift box will be completed Saturday, May 9th. $32 if using cashapp or PayPal. $dreamsacademy

Call/Text 330-422-8332 to order.

@dreamsacademyusa and @cojlec coming together for “Refuel Live” tomorrow evening at 7 PM. Meet us on City of Joy’s FB page to hear some of the city’s best singers and musicians bring you an hour of musical inspiration during these interesting times. We also know Easter will look a bit different than what we are used to this year, so we getting a head start celebrating Christ’s Death and Resurrection in a creative way. The fun part is it will be interactive. We want to play and sing what you want to hear. We will be watching the comments and taking requests from the viewers. Matter of fact, let’s get a head start and drop some good gospel music you would like to hear in the comments below and we will do our best to make it happen! See you there!! ...

During these stressful times, we at Dreams Academy want to be sure you are informed of the resources and information available to you and your family: COVID-19 Resources available for Akron Residents⁣⁣
United Way of Summit County resources home page or call or text 211 - Food assistance, medical information services, utility disconnection protection, etc.⁣⁣
Greater Akron Chamber's Resource Page - Financial Relief, SBA Econonmic Injury Disaster Loans, Unemployment Assistance, Etc.⁣⁣
To Donate: Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund⁣⁣
Will post more resources as they come. Stay safe.

Wake Up 2020 Summer Experience
Register today for the Dreams Academy 2020 Summer Experience, Wake Up! All sessions will be held Monday – Thursday starting June 15th at Main Preparatory School. Young men ages 7-15 can apply today. Cost of summer tuition is $300 per student. Don’t miss out on the summer of a lifetime. Apply Today!

Is your son being seen? Dreams Academy is more than a mentoring group. We are a collective of positive male figures who creates a space where your child can be seen by not only his mentors, but also his peers.⁣

Our young men need to know their voice is being heard and their opinion matters. Registration for the “Dreams Academy Summer Experience” starts now!
Log into: DreamsAcademyAkron.org to reserve his space!

Dreams Academy is a true brotherhood. We don’t only meet each week. Our program strategies build relationships that play a key part in each young man’s individual success.⁣

Summer registration starts soon. Make sure you signed up for our email list: DreamsAcademy.org

Here at Dreams Academy academics is just a snapshot of what we measure in regards to our student’s success. We love to celebrate when our students are doing well and we also intervene when they aren’t doing so well. The grading scale is insight into what’s going on but we also measure how they feel about their teachers, peers, and workload. At times that becomes deeper insight into how their grades will pan out.⁣ Their opportunities for creativity are also a huge indicator of success.

Because of this, Dreams Academy has a music studio in @1040griffs! (Buchtel CLC) Thanks to @ubcakron and @guitarcenter, we are teaching black males leadership skills. Alongside that we are using music production as a learning tool. We realize in order for our boys to be successful and innovative, creative learning techniques must be used!⁣
The room the studio is set up inside of was paid for by the @cavs as a tech learning area! 💪🏾 Thank you to the entire Cavs organization!⁣

It’s finally here! Check out what our guys did at Buchtel CLC created. They wrote and produced this song and the world should hear their accomplishment! Link: https://youtu.be/e_fx3v1ef8w

DREAMS has a huge launch scheduled for this Friday! Our team and our boys have been working on an amazing project for the past few months that we can’t wait to release to you all! Stay tuned by checking out our IG Stories every morning. You’re not going to want to miss this. 💯 ...

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 is a community hub for both children and adults to learn and hone their musical talents. ⁣

The DAMMC offers private lessons in piano, drums, bass, guitar, and voice. We will also offer specialty sessions are tailored for groups of 5-10.

On this Valentines Day we would like to send love and appreciation to all of Dreams Academy’s parents, supporters, and donors! We couldn’t do any of this without your support and commitment to your child’s future with Dreams! Drop a ❤️ below in honor of our amazing TRIBE! ...

Did you know #DreamsAcademy will soon open registration for our summer camp?⁣

We are in the midst of creating our best summer program yet! It will encompass some of the best quality programming our city has to offer. ⁣

If you’re looking for an affordable and creative option for your child this summer, please send us an inbox with your email address and the age of your child. Our summer camp is very limited, so please act fast to ensure your child’s space in our program!

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