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Katy-Win/Johnson Win/Johnson DREAM Quarterly Report June-August 2013 Greetings from DREAM! Summer brought warm weather and plenty of DREAMing this quarter. Youth participated in activities in their community, trips to nearby attractions, and sessions at Camp DREAM. They are sad for summer to end, but excited for the mentors to return in the fall. Here is a summary of Katy-Win DREAM happenings from the summer: Highlights from the Quarter IInclude: • This month, two mentees attended Camp DREAM for a four-day session of swimming, hiking, gardening, meeting new friends from other DREAM communities, and more! SummerActivities with Youth Youth: • A trip to St. Johnsbury to see Circus Smirkus! This exciting circus show is performed almost entirely by youth. The DREAMers were so excited to see children their own age and even younger performing all kinds of exciting tricks and stunts! • A trip to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, where DREAMers enjoyed a tour that included a free sample, and of course a cone at the end. On the way home, the group stopped at the Cabot factory to sample delicious cheeses! Special Events for Youth and Mentors: • Five teens from four Local Programs participated in a four four-day day sailing trip with Time of Wonder sailing in Harpsell, Maine. They learned to sail the boat, went swimming and kayaking, and made friends with their fellow sailors. • Eight teens and four chaperon chaperones es took part in the third annual College Road Trip through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund. Over eight days, they visited seven colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Along the way, they took time for adventures at Came Camell Beach Water Park, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and Central Park. The teens lear learned ned about the college admission process, asked questions about college life, and had some adventures along the way. Capacity Building and Fundraising:

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This year’s Summer Appeal raised $21,079 from 96 donors. Thank you to all who supported DREAM’s summer programs! DREAM is continuing to work toward expanding to new cities and is close to launching an initial site in Philadelphia! Thanks to more than 160 individual donors, DREAM is three-quarters of the way to our fundraising goal for this launch. In addition, DREAM has been working closely with a potential housing partner on starting a Local Program at one of its sites! City Market selected DREAM for their Change for Local Non-Profits program. For each reusable bag customers used in August, City Market donated 5 cents to DREAM. With a grant from the Vermont Women's Trust Fund, DREAM hired a program coordinator to work with three DREAM Ambassadors on a young women's leadership project. The young women surveyed New American families residing at Elm Street in Winooski and at Riverside in Burlington to determine what, if anything, they knew about DREAM, if their youth were involved, and what questions they had. The young women asked the survey questions and provided translation for the families. From their efforts, DREAM has created a brochure translated into Somali to help parents of our refugee youth better understand what DREAM does, and the ambassadors will translate at a community meeting in the future.

Mentor Training and Workshops: • This year’s team of 16 Summer Community Interns from across Vermont and the greater Boston area participated in a three-day orientation in Burlington and at Camp DREAM, where Camp staff joined them. Session topics included managing a budget and fundraising; DREAM’s Mentor Boundaries, Transportation Guidelines, & Child Abuse Reporting Procedures; and child behavior management. Interns also took part in team building activities, went on a night hike, and learned more about the communities in which they would plan and lead enriching summer activities for DREAM youth! Camp: • Camp DREAM celebrated another wonderful summer! This year, Camp welcomed 67 campers, 8 teen counselors-in-training, 6 staff members, and several volunteers over five sessions. Of the 67 campers, 21 attended Camp DREAM for the first time. • During these sessions, campers and counselors swam, canoed, sailed, hiked, built fires, took nature walks, ate healthy and delicious food, watched and

performed in skits, played oodles of games, discussed serious issues like bullying, made new friends, and learned more about themselves, their communities, and their environment! This summer marked the inauguration of the Camp Store, where campers could use their good behavior to purchase small but exciting items, such as DREAM sunglasses. Three Camp staff served as AmeriCorps members through the Vermont Youth Development Corps (VYDC) AmeriCorps State program. Matt Karkut, Zak Killian, and Erin Knight served respectively as the Adventure Program Coordinator, Lifeguard/Lead Counselor, and Local Foods Program Coordinator/Iron Chef.

Alumni Involvement: • Of the 15 mentees who were seniors this year, 11 graduated from high school and joined DREAM’s Alumni Organization. One more expects to receive his diploma in December. • Paul Espina, an Alumni Organization member, member of DREAM's Board of Directors, former mentor, and Camp DREAM enthusiast received a Myra Kraft Community MVP Award by the Patriots Charitable Foundation. The award recognized Paul's many years of amazing volunteer service and came with a $5,000 gift to DREAM. • Alumni Sandy Mervak, Paul Espina, and Andrew Lassiter each volunteered for at least one session at Camp DREAM. • Laura Alger was the second mentee alumna to be a counselor at Camp DREAM. • Kate Cahalane, an Elm Street/University of Vermont alumna, joined the office as a Program Empowerment VISTA through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow (VYT) AmeriCorps VISTA program. Office: • Three DREAM teens joined Executive Director Mike Loner, Camp Director Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller, and the Burlington HUD Field Office Director on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV for a televised interview. • DREAM said goodbye to Kate Piniewski, Britt Wedenoja, and Zahra Ohldin, who finished their AmeriCorps terms this quarter. Their service has been truly invaluable to DREAM! • Staff welcomed two new AmeriCorps VISTA members who are serving through Vermont Youth Tomorrow (VYT). Kate Cahalane and Mark Hengstler will be supporting DREAM’s Local Programs in Windsor and Chittenden counties. A

third AmeriCorps VISTA member, Alison Siegel, joins them for her second year in southern Vermont. Two new AmeriCorps State members, Katie Purcell and Asha Carter, joined DREAM’s Boston office. Katie and Asha are serving with DREAM’s Local Programs in Boston through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) and Ambassadors of Mentoring/Highland Street Corps Ambassadors through Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) respectively. The new AmeriCorps members from Vermont and Boston joined forces in Burlington for orientation, during which they learned about DREAM’s program model, DREAM’s technological systems, and how to support Local Programs.

Thank you for your ongoing support of DREAM. If you would like additional or more detailed information, please contact me by email or by phone. You can always look back at past reports or other programs’ reports by going to: DREAM big, Sarah Caliendo Program Director 802.338.8979

The DREAM Program, Katy-Win, Quarter 4, 2012-2013  

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