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Dream On Education

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Jennifer Oquendo

Recently I had the privilege to learn about a nonprofit organization called Dream On Education that helps at risk low-income 6th to 8th graders with tutoring and mentoring. With how hard everything has been recently in Chicago, it is so nice to hear about an organization that is trying to help kids be successful in life. It is a sign of hope for them.

Dream On Education provides four ways to help improve a child's education. The first way being tutoring. Each student gets 2 hours of tutoring twice per week. This allows the students to spend one on one time with their tutor and be able to ask any questions they may have regarding their assignments. Besides tutoring, they provide mentoring opportunities. The students are able to spend four hours every month with their mentor. They discuss plans for the future, family, friends, etc. Three times per year, every student is assigned to go to a career exposure where they have guest speakers that give the kids an opportunity to ask questions and learn about different careers. They also have exposure to talent and culture that they may have never experienced and learned about. All four of these ways are used on children to be able to improve their education. Dream On Education does an excellent job at setting goals for the kids as well as for the tutors and mentors.

Dream On Education also hosts an event that gathers different kids from five junior high schools to participate in The Creative Palette Series. This event invites the top 6-8th graders that have perfect attendance and high academic achievements. The kids are selected to participate in a cultural exposure. The Creative Palette Series focuses on fashion trends from the 1920's, 60's and 80's versus our current fashion outlook. For anyone that is interested in this event it is being held on April 2nd from 9:30 to 3pm.  If you would like more information about either Dream On Education or The Creative Palette Series, please contact Kelli Haywood.

Kelli Haywood
Founder and Executive Director, Dream On Education
(816) 729-6880

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