This initiative is designed to address the extinction of the African / Hispanic American Male and Female. It is our desire to contribute both short-term and long-term impacts among the targeted population to reduce the crime rate in our community.
The Dreamers Academy supports at-risk youth with programs that offer at-risk education and services to urban males and females ages 7 - 17 years old. The Dreamers Academy is for African American and|or Hispanic males and females ages 7 - 17 years old. For a limited time, program registration is $25.00 charge (valued at $475). The program structure includes 8 to 12 class sessions on an extended schedule (three times per week, field trips, scared straight component). For more information or to enroll your child(ren), call 281.608.0774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- One in 14 Black children has a parent in jail or prison (Human Rights Watch).
- Of Black males born this year, 29% can expect to spend some time behind bars (Human Rights Watch).
- One in 20 Black men is incarcerated, compared with one in 155 White men (Human Rights Watch).
- For every three Black men in college, four are in prison (Human Rights Watch).
- The Black male homicide rate is seven times the White male rate (Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2002,” April 6, 2003).
- The Justice Department estimates that one out of every 21 Black men can expect to be murdered, a death rate double that of U. S. soldiers in World War II.
We propose the following solutions to address the identified problems:
- The Dreamers Academy is comprehensive and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. Participants develop skills that enhance self-esteem, develop problem solving skills, help them reduce stress and anxiety, as well as manage anger. Participants gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships and avoiding violence.
- Mentoring Program – designed to help Black/Hispanic males and females yield better grades and higher graduation rates
- Internship Program – intended for male high school juniors and/or seniors; includes paid stipend; exposure to business opportunities; deterrent from criminal activity
- Rehabilitation Program - The Rehabilitation program is for those unfortunate youth who have had some form of an encounter with the criminal justice system. Its designed to enhance there ability to succeed in the face of such obstacles .
At-risk factors may include:
- Single Parent Families
- Drug and|or Alcohol Addiction
- Abusive Parent(s)
- Mental Health Issues
- Involvement in Gang Activity
Problematic Behaviors to be Addressed:
- Drop out
- Academic failure
- Violent death
Core Curriculum to include:
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Domestic Violence
- Public Speaking
- Cultural Studies
- Computer Training
- Educational Field Trips
- Male Responsibility
- Anger Management
- Etiquette of Fatherhood
- Performing Arts
- Scared Straight