IN YOUR LIFE MENTORING;
connecting caring adults in a child’s life: parents, teachers, and Dream Center Staff, to impact academic and character development outcomes of youth.
Dream Center programs are structured by stations.
Youth rotate hourly to the Academic Center, Spark Activity, and our Meal Mentoring station. During the summer program a daily field trip component is added as an additional station. The Dream Center provides certified teachers from the Dubuque Community Schools, Dream Center staff titled School Connectors, and community volunteers to implement the Dream Center program structure.
Dream Center enrichment activities provided through Music and Arts Instruction and Club
Sports. These activities were chosen based on research, surveys, and data analysis
considering the targeted demographics. Activities are defined as “Sparks” as these
activities motivate students towards academic achievement and character development.
To participate in activities, students must comply with an Individual
Academic and Character Development Plan. A key piece of effectiveness in improving student academic achievement is the creation of these individualized plans for every student that are made in partnership with Dream Center education staff and Dubuque
The Dream Center Academic Center continues the school-day
curriculum and teaching strategies. Ongoing communication and quarterly assessments are conducted to evaluate student progress.
The students’ School Connector does weekly visits to the child's classroom to determine areas of improvement, in partnership with
the student’s teacher.
spark activities provided: basketball, boxing, choir, dance, guitar, and piano
The Dream Center provides healthy snacks and meals through USDA guidelines and resources. During the school year students receive a snack and meal each program day. During summer programming students receive three meals a day.
School Connectors organize Character Development
activities and curriculum as part of meal times.