Soft skills, career guidance, and manhood principles for success

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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


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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


Etiquette & Image

Problem Solving & Team Building
Financial Literacy

Our Programs

Dreams academy

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.

THE music & media center

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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Excited for our guys to meet Dennis Butts Jr tonight. He is an extraordinary gentleman, extremely driven and successful. I am sure what he will share will be motivational! ...

Dope moment at Dreams Academy!

Big thanks to our friend Jerome Moss for coming and speaking life lessons and resources into these young Black men.

It didn’t happen on purpose but look closely and see our smallest guy in the middle. There’s symbolism in that.

Congrats to our Founder and Executive Director @mrdreamsacademy for representing @dreamsacademyusa and being acknowledged on the Cleveland’s Own segment of the morning news at @fox8newscleveland with the @kauliggiving foundation. What an honor! We are extremely proud of his leadership and what we continue to do for our young men in our community!! Awesome job! ...

This evening we welcome @lo72580 to @dreamsacademyusa. He is a clinical counselor that will come and share with the guys about emotions, feelings, and positive mental health. This is such an important topic for our young black males. We are excited about this evening! ...

We are so proud of our Founder @mrdreamsacademy on the release of his first book “Talking Points”. This book is a resource for single parents that features guiding questions and talking points for mothers to have difficult conversations with their black male. It tackles subjects like education, image, race, violence, sex, and more. Visit www.talkingpointsbook.com to purchase today!! ...

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!

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